Bloody City

Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD,
The city sheddeth blood in the midst of
it, that her time may come, and maketh
idols against herself to defile herself.
Thou art become guilty in thy blood that
thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself
in thine idols which thou hast made; and
thou hast caused thy days to draw near,
and art come even unto thy years:
therefore have I made thee a reproach
unto the heathen, and a mocking to all
countries.
In thee have they set light by father and
mother: in the midst of thee have they
dealt by oppression with the stranger: in
thee have they vexed the fatherless and
the widow.
In thee are men that carry tales to shed
blood: and in thee they eat upon the
mountains: in the midst of thee they
commit lewdness.
In thee have they discovered their
fathers’ nakedness: in thee have they
humbled her that was set apart for
pollution.
And one hath committed abomination
with his neighbour’s wife; and another
hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law;
and another in thee hath humbled his
sister, his father’s daughter.
In thee have they taken gifts to shed
blood; thou hast taken usury and
increase, and thou hast greedily gained
of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast
forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.
Behold, therefore I have smitten mine
hand at thy dishonest gain which thou
hast made, and at thy blood which hath
been in the midst of thee.
Can thine heart endure, or can thine
hands be strong, in the days that I shall
deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken
it, and will do it.
And I will scatter thee among the
heathen, and disperse thee in the
countries, and will consume thy
filthiness out of thee.
And thou shalt take thine inheritance in
thyself in the sight of the heathen, and
thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

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