God’s word came to me saying: Son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then make known to her all her terrible deeds. You shall say: Thus says God the Lord: A city that sheds blood in your midst, so that your time may come, and makes for yourself idols for your defilement. You are guilty because of the blood you have shed, and defiled by your idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near.; and you have reached the limit of your years. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations and a mockery to all the countries. Near and far they will mock you, you infamous one, full of tumult.
Behold, the princes of Israel, each one according to his might, have been in you to shed blood. Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; in your midst the stranger is oppressed; they have wronged the fatherless and the widow. You have despised My holy things, and profaned My Sabbaths. In you there have been those who slander to shed blood; and men have eaten upon the mountains; they committed lewdness in your midst. In you they uncovered their nakedness; in you they humbled women unclean from their purity, And each has committed an abomination with his neighbor’s wife; each has lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; each has humbled his sister, his father’s daughter. In you men have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and increase, and gained you neighbors by extortion; and have forgotten Me, says God the Lord.
Behold, therefore, I have smitten My hand at the extortion which you have made, and at your blood which has been in your midst. Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days when I come to deal with you? I, God, have spoken it, and will do it. I will scatter you among the nations, and disperse you through the countries; and consume the filthiness out of you. You will know I am God.
And God’s word came to me saying: Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; all of them are brass, tin, iron and lead, in the furnace; they are the dross of silver, Therefore God the Lord says: Because you have all become dross, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.