Judgment on the Idolaters
9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice,
saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw
near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher
gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a
slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was
clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and
they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the
cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And
he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the
writer's inkhorn by his side;
9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the
city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon
the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the
abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after
him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare,
neither have ye pity:
9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little
children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is
the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the
ancient men which were before the house.
9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the
courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and
slew in the city.
9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and
I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said,
Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in
thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?
9:9 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.
9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither
will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their
9:11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the
inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have
done as thou hast commanded me.