1 Then a the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to b the East Gate of the LORD's house, which faces eastward; and there c at the door of the gate were twenty-five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. 2 And He said to me: "Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked 1 counsel in this city, 3 "who say, 'The time is not d near to build houses; e this city is the 2 caldron, and we are the meat.' 4 "Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man!"
5 Then f the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, "Speak! 'Thus says the LORD: "Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for g I know the things that come into your mind. 6 h "You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain." 7 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: i "Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron; j but I shall bring you out of the midst of it. 8 "You have k feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you," says the Lord GOD. 9 "And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and l execute judgments on you. 10 m "You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at n the border of Israel. o Then you shall know that I am the LORD. 11 p "This city shall not be your 3 caldron, nor shall you be the meat in its midst. I will judge you at the border of Israel. 12 "And you shall know that I am the LORD; for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but q have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you." ' "
13 Now it happened, while I was prophesying, that r Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then s I fell on my face and cried with a loud voice, and said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Will You make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?"New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.