1Then God's Spirit lifted me up and took me to the gate on the east side of the temple area. There at the gate were 25 men. Among them I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, who were leaders of the people.
2Yahweh said to me, “You human, these are the new leaders in Jerusalem who are planning to do evil things and who are giving wicked advice to people in this city.
3They say, ‘ Everything will go well for us, so it will surely soon be RHQ time to build houses. We are like MET fine/choice pieces of meat that are carefully stored in covered pots, and we are protected from the bad things that will happen to others.’
4So, you human, prophesy about the terrible things that will happen to them.”
5Then the Spirit of Yahweh came upon me and told me to say to the people, “This is what Yahweh says: You Israeli people MTY are saying those things, but I know what you are thinking.
6You have killed many people in this city and filled the streets with their corpses.
7Therefore this is what Yahweh the Lord says: The corpses of the people whom you have killed here are like the meat MET, and this city is like the pot MET, but I will expel you from this city.
8You are afraid of being killed by enemies' swords, and that is what I will cause to happen to you.
9I will expel you from this city and enable foreigners to capture you and punish you.
10They will kill EUP you with their swords; you will be punished right here in Israel. Then people will realize that I, Yahweh, have the power to do what I say that I will do.
11This city will not be a a place were you will be protected like MET meat in a covered pot. I will punish you wherever you are in Israel.
12And you will know that I, Yahweh, have predicted that would happen, because you have not obeyed my commands and decrees; instead, you have imitated the wicked behavior of the people of the nearby nations.”
13While I was prophesying that, Pelatiah the son of Benaiah suddenly died. Then I prostrated myself on the ground and cried out loudly, “Yahweh my Lord, are you going to similarly get rid of all the Israeli people who are still alive?”
14Then Yahweh gave me this message:
15“You human, the people who are still in Jerusalem are talking about you and your own relatives and about all the other people who were ◄exiled/forced to go to other countries►, saying, ‘They are in Babylonia, far from Yahweh. They have left their property here in Israel, so their property now belongs to us!’”
16So tell them, “This is what Yahweh the Lord says: Although I caused them to be taken far away from Israel and scattered them among other nations, for a short time I will ◄be like a refuge for/protect► them in the countries to which they have been taken.”
17So also tell them, “This is what Yahweh the Lord says: Some day I will gather you from the nations to which you have been taken and bring you back to Israel, and you will live in your country/land again.
18When you return to your country, you will get rid of all the vile statues of gods and detestable idols.
19I will put a new way of thinking IDM within you. I will cause you to no longer be stubborn IDM, and I will enable you to obey me completely IDM.
20When I do that, you will carefully obey all my laws DOU. You will be my people, and I will be your God.
21But as for those who are devoted to worshiping their vile statues and detestable idols, I will punish them as they deserve for the evil things that they have done.' ”
22Then the winged creatures, with their wheels beside them, spread their wings and flew up into the air, and the dazzling brightness of Yahweh was above them.
23That light went up away from the city and stopped above the mountain to the east of the city.
24In the vision that I had been seeing, God's Spirit lifted me up and brought me back to the ◄exiles in/people who had been forced to go to► Babylonia. Then the vision ended,
25and I told the exiles everything that Yahweh had shown me in the vision.