“People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?’(A) And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and have worshiped and served other gods.(B)’”

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And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this great city?

Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.

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And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestable(A) things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary?(B) But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall. He said to me, “Son of man, now dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there.

And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls(C) all kinds of crawling things and unclean(D) animals and all the idols of Israel.(E) 11 In front of them stood seventy elders(F) of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer(G) in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense(H) was rising.(I)

12 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness,(J) each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not see(K) us; the Lord has forsaken the land.’” 13 Again, he said, “You will see them doing things that are even more detestable.”

14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz.(L) 15 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.”

16 He then brought me into the inner court(M) of the house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar,(N) were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun(O) in the east.(P)

17 He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the people of Judah to do the detestable things(Q) they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violence(R) and continually arouse my anger?(S) Look at them putting the branch to their nose! 18 Therefore I will deal with them in anger;(T) I will not look on them with pity(U) or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen(V) to them.”

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He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.

11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

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He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice.(A) They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’(B)

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Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

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