And 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. Bible other translations

“Defile the house.” A dead body would make the temple area unclean, but the sin was so egregious, and the timing so urgent, that God overlooked making His temple unclean so that evil and the evil ones could be dealt with. The Temple had been defiled by all the evil things the priests and leaders were doing, and now it would be defiled by their dead bodies.

Commentary for: Ezekiel 9:7