9Then he cried in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, Draw near, you executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand. 2And six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand; among them was a man clothed in linen, with a writing-case at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
3 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up, from the cherub on which it rested, to the threshold of the house. The Lord called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writing-case at his side, 4and said to him, Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it. 5To the others he said in my hearing, Pass through the city after him, and kill; your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity. 6Cut down old men, young men and young women, little children and women, but touch no one who has the mark. And begin at my sanctuary. So they began with the elders who were in front of the house. 7Then he said to them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go! So they went out and killed in the city. 8While they were killing, and I was left alone, I fell prostrate on my face and cried out, Ah Lord God! will you destroy all who remain of Israel as you pour out your wrath upon Jerusalem? 9He said to me, The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city full of perversity; for they say, The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see. 10As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity, but I will bring down their deeds upon their heads.
11 Then the man clothed in linen, with the writing-case at his side, brought back word, saying, I have done as you commanded me.
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