Ezekiel 9 continues the sequence of visions, depicting a harrowing scene of divine judgment within Jerusalem. God summons six executioners, symbolizing agents of His wrath, and one man with a writing kit, tasked with marking the foreheads of those who mourn over the city's abominations. This mark signifies God's protection over the faithful amidst widespread destruction. The chapter graphically describes the slaughter of the unmarked inhabitants, starting from the sanctuary, symbolizing the seriousness of sin and the inevitability of divine retribution. The indiscriminate nature of the judgment – sparing neither the elderly, women, nor children – emphasizes the extent of Jerusalem's corruption. Ezekiel intercedes, expressing concern about the complete destruction of Israel, but God reaffirms the justice of His actions given the depth of the people's unfaithfulness. This chapter starkly contrasts God's protection of the righteous with His severe punishment of the wicked, underscoring themes of justice, righteousness, and the consequences of idolatry and moral decay.

Ezekiel 9

1  He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

2  And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

3  And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

5  And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6  Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

7  And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

8  And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

9  Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

10  And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

11  And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

End of Ezekiel 9

1 Year Plan:  Nov 6 - Eze 8, Eze 9,  Jam 4

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