The man with the writing case at his side (Ezek 9:2-9:4)

“Among the executors

Was a man

Clothed in linen,

With a writing case

At his side.

They went in.

They stood beside

The bronze altar.

Now the glory

Of the God of Israel

Had gone up

From the cherubim

On which it rested

To the threshold

Of the house.

Yahweh called

To the man

Clothed in linen,

With the writing case

At his side.

Yahweh said to him.

‘Go through the city,

Through Jerusalem,

Put a mark

On the foreheads

Of those who sigh,

Of those who groan

Over all the abominations

That are committed in it.’”

Now a new character enters the scene. This man dressed in white linen with a writing case at his side was among the 6 executioners from the north. They were all standing at the bronze altar when the glory of the God of Israel left the cherubim where it was resting and went to the threshold of the house. Then Yahweh called to the man, who was clothed in linen, with the writing case at his side. Yahweh told him to go into Jerusalem. He was to find all the people who were sighing and groaning about all the abominations in town. He was to put a taw mark on their forehead, like a mini cross, since taw was the last consonant of the Hebrew alphabet. Thus he acted like the angel of death in the Passover story. He marked those who cared about the situation there, who might be spared.

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The executors from the north (Ezek 9:1-9:2)

“Then Yahweh cried

In my hearing

With a loud voice,

Saying.

‘Draw near!

You executioners

Of the city!

Each with his destroying weapon

In his hand.’

Six men came

From the direction

Of the upper gate,

Which faces north.

Each with his weapon

For slaughter

In his hand.”

Yahweh cried out to Ezekiel to stand closer to him so that he could see the 6 executioners of the city of Jerusalem coming to the city with deadly weapons in their hands. These executioners came from the northern upper gate as they were ready to use their weapons to kill people.