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Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 9

Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 9

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Chapter 9

1Then He called into my ears with a loud voice, saying, "Bring near those appointed over the city, and each one his weapon of destruction in his hand."   אוַיִּקְרָא בְאָזְנַי קוֹל גָּדוֹל לֵאמֹר קָרְבוּ פְּקֻדּוֹת הָעִיר וְאִישׁ כְּלִי מַשְׁחֵתוֹ בְּיָדוֹ:
Bring near those appointed over the city: Bring near the appointees whom I appointed to destroy the city.  
2And behold six men coming from the way of the upper gate, which is turned northward; each man has his sledgehammer in his hand, and one man among them clothed in linen with a scribe's tablet on his loins, and they came and stood beside the copper altar.   בוְהִנֵּה שִׁשָּׁה אֲנָשִׁים בָּאִים | מִדֶּרֶךְ שַׁעַר הָעֶלְיוֹן אֲשֶׁר | מָפְנֶה צָפוֹנָה וְאִישׁ כְּלִי מַפָּצוֹ בְּיָדוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶחָד בְּתוֹכָם לָבֻשׁ בַּדִּים וְקֶסֶת הַסֹּפֵר בְּמָתְנָיו וַיָּבֹאוּ וַיַּעַמְדוּ אֵצֶל מִזְבַּח הַנְּחֹשֶׁת:
six men: Our Rabbis explained them in Tractate Shabbath (55a) as Anger, Wrath, Fury, Destroyer, Breaker, Annihilator.  
his sledgehammer: Heb. מַפַּצו ֹכְּלִי, which smashes everything, as in (Ps. 137:9): “and dash (וְנִפֵּץ) your infants.”  
with a scribe’s tablet: [Synonymous with] פִּנְקַס. These are wax-covered tablets upon which they engrave with a stylus.  
beside the copper altar: This was the stone altar erected by Solomon instead of the copper altar that Moses had made in the desert.  
3And the glory of the God of Israel lifted itself from upon the cherub upon which it had been, to the threshold of the House, and He called to the man clothed in linen, upon whose loins was the scribe's tablet.   גוּכְבוֹד | אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל נַעֲלָה מֵעַל הַכְּרוּב אֲשֶׁר הָיָה עָלָיו אֶל מִפְתַּן הַבָּיִת וַיִּקְרָא אֶל הָאִישׁ הַלָּבֻשׁ הַבַּדִּים אֲשֶׁר קֶסֶת הַסֹּפֵר בְּמָתְנָיו:
from upon the cherub: which was on the Ark cover, for the Shechinah had been resting there until then, and it began to withdraw and to go outside little by little in ten steps, and this is the first stepfrom the cherub to the threshold of the Holy of Holies.  
4And the Lord said to him, "Pass through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and you shall mark a sign upon the foreheads of the men who are sighing and moaning over all the abominations that were done in its midst."   דוַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֵלָיו (כתיב אֵלָו) עֲבֹר בְּתוֹךְ הָעִיר בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם וְהִתְוִיתָ תָּו עַל מִצְחוֹת הָאֲנָשִׁים הַנֶּאֱנָחִים וְהַנֶּאֱנָקִים עַל כָּל הַתּוֹעֵבוֹת הַנַּעֲשׂוֹת בְּתוֹכָהּ:
and you shall mark a sign: You shall mark a sign on the foreheads of the righteous men in order to be for a sign that the destroyers should not strike them.  
5And to these, He said in my ears, "Pass through the city after him and smite; let your eye spare not and have no pity.   הוּלְאֵלֶּה אָמַר בְּאָזְנַי עִבְרוּ בָעִיר אַחֲרָיו וְהַכּוּ אַל (כתיב עַל) תָּחֹס עֵינְכֶם (כתיב עֵינְיכֶם) וְאַל תַּחְמֹלוּ:
And to these, He said in my ears: To these six destroyers.  
6Old man, young man, and maiden, young children and women, you shall slay utterly, but to any man upon whom there is the mark you shall not draw near, and you shall commence from My sanctuary." So they commenced from the old men who were before the House.   וזָקֵן בָּחוּר וּבְתוּלָה וְטַף וְנָשִׁים תַּהַרְגוּ לְמַשְׁחִית וְעַל כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר עָלָיו הַתָּו אַל תִּגַּשׁוּ וּמִמִּקְדָּשִׁי תָּחֵלּוּ וַיָּחֵלּוּ בָּאֲנָשִׁים הַזְּקֵנִים אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי הַבָּיִת:
and you shall commence from My sanctuary: From those standing before My sanctuary. Our Rabbis said: Do not read וּמִמִּקְדָשִּׁי, and from My sanctuary, but וּמִמְּקֻדָשַּׁי, and from My sanctified ones, from those sanctified to Me. They are the ones marked with the sign, whom He had warned [them] not to hurt. [Now] He reneged and commanded [the angels] to destroy [even] them because the Divine standard of justice contended before Him, “Why are these different from those? Is it not so that they did not protest?” As is stated in Tractate Shabbath (55a).  
7And He said to them, "Defile the House and fill the courts with the slain [and] go out," and they went out and smote in the city.   זוַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם טַמְּאוּ אֶת הַבַּיִת וּמַלְאוּ אֶת הַחֲצֵרוֹת חֲלָלִים צֵאוּ וְיָצְאוּ וְהִכּוּ בָעִיר:
8And it came about when they smote, that I remained, and I fell on my face and cried out, and I said, "Alas, O Lord God, are You destroying the entire remnant of Israel when You pour out Your fury on Jerusalem?"   חוַיְהִי כְּהַכּוֹתָם וְנֵאשֲׁאַר אָנִי וָאֶפְּלָה עַל פָּנַי וָאֶזְעַק וָאֹמַר אֲהָהּ אֲדֹנָי יֱהֹוִה הֲמַשְׁחִית אַתָּה אֵת כָּל שְׁאֵרִית יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּשָׁפְכְּךָ אֶת חֲמָתְךָ עַל יְרוּשָׁלִָם:
that I remained: Heb. וְנֵאשֲּׁאַר, and I remained.  
9And He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land has become full of bloodshed, and the city has become full of perversion, for they said, 'The Lord has forsaken the earth, and the Lord does not see.'   טוַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי עֲו‍ֹן בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וִיהוּדָה גָּדוֹל בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד וַתִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ דָּמִים וְהָעִיר מָלְאָה מֻטֶּה כִּי אָמְרוּ עָזַב יְהֹוָה אֶת הָאָרֶץ וְאֵין יְהֹוָה רֹאֶה:
full of perversion: Crooked judgments.  
10I too-My eye will not spare, neither will I have pity; I have placed their way on their head."   יוְגַם אֲנִי לֹא תָחוֹס עֵינִי וְלֹא אֶחְמֹל דַּרְכָּם בְּרֹאשָׁם נָתָתִּי:
11And behold, the man clothed in linen, on whose loins was the tablet, replied with a word, saying, "I have done according to all that You have commanded me."   יאוְהִנֵּה הָאִישׁ | לְבֻשׁ הַבַּדִּים אֲשֶׁר הַקֶּסֶת בְּמָתְנָיו מֵשִׁיב דָּבָר לֵאמֹר עָשִׂיתִי כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר (כתיב כְּאֲשֶׁר) צִוִּיתָנִי:
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