Ezekiel 8 ©
Ezekiel is brought in a vision of God to Jerusalem, and shewed the image of jealousy set up in the temple, the worship of the ancients in their chambers of imagery, the mourners for Tammuz, and the worshippers of the sun. God's wrath for their idolatry.
AND it came to pass in the asixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the belders of Judah sat before me, that cthe hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.
And ehe put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and fbrought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the ginner gate that looketh toward the north; hwhere was the seat of ithe image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
¶Then said he unto me, Son of man, klift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. lSo I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the mgate of the altar nthis image of jealousy in the entry.
He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even othe great abominations that the house of Israel pcommitteth here, that I should go far off qfrom my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see rgreater abominations.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.
And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the twicked abominations that they do here.
So I uwent in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the 1idols of the house of Israel, *pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
And there stood before them vseventy men of wthe *ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of xShaphan, ywith every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the *ancients of the house of Israel do zin the dark, every man in the chambers of ahis *imagery? for they say, bThe LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.
Then he brought me to the door of dthe gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
And he brought me into fthe inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, gat the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and hthe altar, were about five and twenty men, iwith their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and jthey worshipped the sun toward the east.
¶Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? 2Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put kthe branch to their lnose.