1It came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord Yahweh fell on me there.
2Then I looked, and behold, and there was a form that had the appearance of a man. From his waist and downward was the appearance of fire, and from his waist and upward was the appearance of brightness, like gleaming amber.
3He put out the form of a hand and took me by a lock of hair on my head, and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in the visions of God brought me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gate of the inner court that looks toward the north; where the statue of jealousy, which makes Yahweh jealous, was located.
4And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I had seen in the plain.
5Then he said to me, “Son of man, lift up your eyes now in the direction of the north.” So I lifted up my eyes in the direction of the north, and behold, northward of the Altar Gate, in the entrance, was this image of jealousy.
6He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, even the great abominations that the house of Israel are committing here, so that I must go far away from my sanctuary? But you will see even greater abominations.”
7He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.
8Then he said to me, “Son of man, now dig through the wall,” and when I had dug through the wall, behold, a doorway.
9And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are doing here.”
10So I went in and saw. And behold, engraved on the wall all around was every form of creeping things and animals—detestable things—along with all the idols of the house of Israel.
11And standing in front of them were seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his censer in his hand, and the fragrance of the cloud of incense was rising up.
12Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each man in his rooms of idolatrous images? For they say, ‘Yahweh does not see us; Yahweh has forsaken the land.’”
13He said also to me, “You will see still greater abominations that they are doing.”
14Then he brought me to the entrance of the gate of Yahweh’s house that was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
15Then he said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see still greater abominations than these.”
16And he brought me into the inner court of the house of Yahweh. And behold, at the entrance of Yahweh’s temple, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men with their backs toward Yahweh’s temple and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.
17Then he said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations that they commit here, that they have filled the land with violence and repeatedly make me angry? And behold, they are putting the branch to my nose!
18Therefore I will also act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity, and though they cry out in my ears with a loud voice, I will not listen to them.”