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Ézéchiel 9

Préfiguration du châtiment

1Puis je l’entendis crier d’une voix forte: Approchez, inspecteurs de la ville! Que chacun prenne son instrument de destruction en main[a]!

Je vis six individus déboucher du chemin de la porte supérieure qui fait face au nord; chacun tenait en main son instrument de destruction. Au milieu d’eux se tenait un individu vêtu de lin et portant une écritoire à la ceinture. Ils vinrent se placer à côté de l’autel de bronze. Alors la gloire du Dieu d’Israël s’éleva au-dessus du chérubin sur lequel elle reposait et se dirigea vers le seuil du Temple[b]. L’Eternel appela l’individu vêtu de lin qui portait l’écritoire à sa ceinture et il lui dit: Passe au milieu de la ville de Jérusalem et marque d’une croix sur le front les hommes qui gémissent et se plaignent à cause de toutes les pratiques abominables qui se commettent dans cette ville.

Puis je l’entendis dire aux autres: Passez dans la ville derrière lui et frappez sans un regard de pitié! Soyez sans merci. Tuez les vieillards, les jeunes gens, les jeunes filles, les enfants, les femmes, jusqu’à ce que tous soient exterminés! Mais ne touchez pas à ceux qui portent sur le front la marque d’une croix. Vous commencerez par mon sanctuaire.

Ils commencèrent donc par les responsables du peuple qui se tenaient devant le Temple[c]. Puis il leur ordonna: Rendez le Temple impur et remplissez ses parvis de morts! Allez!

Et ils partirent et frappèrent dans la ville. Pendant qu’ils frappaient, comme je restais seul sur place, je tombai sur ma face, et je m’écriai: Ah! Seigneur, Eternel, en déchaînant ainsi ta colère sur Jérusalem, vas-tu exterminer tout ce qui reste d’Israël?

Il me répondit: Le péché des royaumes d’Israël et de Juda est excessivement grave. Le pays est rempli de sang et la ville est pleine d’injustices. Les gens disent: «L’Eternel a quitté ce pays, l’Eternel ne voit rien!» 10 Eh bien, je n’aurai aucun regard de pitié et je serai sans merci. Je ferai retomber sur eux ce que mérite leur conduite.

11 A ce moment, l’individu vêtu de lin blanc qui portait une écritoire à la ceinture vint faire son rapport. Il dit: J’ai fait ce que tu m’as commandé.

Notas al pie

  1. 9.1 Pour les v. 1-6, voir Ap 7.1-8; 9.4.
  2. 9.3 La gloire de l’Eternel va quitter le Temple (voir 8.4 et note).
  3. 9.6 C’est-à-dire les vingt-cinq hommes de 8.16.

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Ezekiel 9

The Vision of Slaughter

1Then [in my vision] I heard Him cry out with a thunderous voice, saying, “Approach now, executioners of the city, each with his weapon of destruction in his hand.” Behold, six men [angelic beings] came from the direction of the Upper Gate, which faces north, each with his battle-axe in his hand; and among them was a [a]certain man clothed in linen, with a scribe’s writing case at his side. They entered and stood beside the bronze altar.

Then the [[b]Shekinah] glory and brilliance of the God of Israel (the cloud) [c]went up from the cherubim on which it had rested, to [stand above] the threshold of the [Lord’s] temple. And the Lord called to the man clothed with linen, who had the scribe’s writing case at his side. The Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, throughout all of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh [in distress] and grieve over all the repulsive acts which are being committed in it.” But to the others I heard Him say, “Follow him [the man with the scribe’s writing case] throughout the city and strike; do not let your eyes have pity and do not spare [anyone]. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women; but do not touch or go near anyone on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple [who did not have the Lord’s mark on their foreheads]. And He said to the executioners, “Defile the temple and fill its courtyards with the dead. Go out!” So they went out and struck down the people in the city. As they were executing them and I alone was left, I fell face downward and cried out, “Alas, Lord God! Will You destroy all that is left of Israel [the whole remnant] by pouring out Your wrath and indignation on Jerusalem?”

Then He said to me, “The wickedness (guilt) of the house of Israel and Judah is extremely great; the land is full of blood and the city is full of perversion and injustice; for they say, ‘The Lord has abandoned the land; the Lord does not see [what we are doing].’ 10 But as for Me, My eye will have no pity, nor will I spare, but I will bring their [wicked] conduct upon their [own] heads.”

11 Then behold, the man clothed in linen, who had the scribe’s writing case at his side, reported, “I have done just as You have commanded me.”

Notas al pie

  1. Ezekiel 9:2 The linen clothing of the seventh angel denotes his superior rank.
  2. Ezekiel 9:3 The word Shekinah does not appear in the Bible, but it was used by ancient Jews to refer to the physical presence of God among men; usually the Shekinah glory.
  3. Ezekiel 9:3 God begins His departure from the temple.