Then the Spirit told me, "Son of Man, don't you see what they're doing? The house of Israel practices awful, detestable things here, so I'm going far away from my sanctuary. But you're about to see things even more detestable than these."
Then the Spirit told me, "You're about to see even more detestable practices that they're doing!"
Then he asked me, "Do you see this, Son of Man? You're about to see even more detestable practices than these."
"She became even more sexually immoral when she saw the images of the Chaldean men who had been carved in red on their walls.
"Nevertheless, she became even more sexually immoral, even reminiscing about when she was young, when she kept on practicing sexual immorality in the land of Egypt.
But she rebelled against my ordinances and my statutes. She practiced more evil than all the nations and territories around her. They rejected my ordinances and didn't live by my statutes.'
"The more they increased in number, the more they sinned against me, so I will change their glory into shame.
I won't drive them out before you in a single year, so that the land does not become desolate and so that wild animals do not overrun you.
You've increased the number of fatally wounded in this city and you've filled your streets with the dead."
"Israel has neglected its maker in building palaces. Judah has multiplied its fortified cities, but I will send fire to their cities, and it will consume their fortresses."
"The more altars Ephraim builds for sin, the more altars there will be for sin.
The more I called out to them, the farther they fled from me; they sacrificed to Baals, burning incense to carved images.
It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher and a slave to be like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they do the same to those of his household!"
and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold.
Now the Law crept in so that the offense would increase. But where sin increased, grace increased even more,
The Lord has become like an enemy he has devoured Israel. He has devoured all of her palaces, destroying her fortresses. He filled cherished Judah with mourning and lament.