1Then he cried out in my ears with a loud voice, saying, “Come near, O executioners of the city, each with his destructive weapon in his hand.”
2And behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces toward the north, every man with his shattering weapon in his hand, and one man was in the midst of them, clothed in linen with a writer’s inkhorn on his side. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
3And the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the house; and he called to the man clothed in linen who had the writer’s inkhorn by his side.
4And Yahweh said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that groan over all the abominations that are being done in its midst.”
5And to the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and strike; do not let your eye spare, nor have pity;
6old man, young man, and virgin and infants and women, slay them to annihilation. But do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.” Then they began at the old men that were in front of the house.
7And he said to them, “Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” So they went out and struck down the people in the city.
8And it came to pass while they were striking, and I was left alone, that I fell on my face and cried out saying, “Oh, Lord Yahweh! Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”
9Then he said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice; for they say, ‘Yahweh has forsaken the land, and Yahweh does not see.’
10And as for me also, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity, but I will bring what they have done down upon their own heads.”
11And behold, the man clothed in linen, who had the inkhorn by his side, brought back word, saying, “I have done as you have commanded me.”