The metaphors get ridiculous here. God tells Ezekiel to shave his hair with a sharp sword and divide it into thirds. Burn 1/3 in Jerusalem, chop 1/3 with a sword, and scatter the remaining 1/3 to the winds. This represents the fate of the Jews – 1/3 will die in the city, 1/3 will die in battle, the remaining 1/3 will scatter (v 12). There follows the usual rant about how evil the people are and how god will punish them, etc etc etc. The most vile verses are probably 9-10, but then again, maybe 16-17 are worse.
Rant, rant… evil people…rant rant… idols, destruction… rant rant… detestable… disease… famine… yeah, we get it. (The author of Ezekiel must have read Jeremiah.)
“The end is here! Wherever you look … your land is finished. No hope remains, for I will unleash my anger against you… I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins…” (v 2-4). You tell ’em, Yahweh! Read the whole chapter for more of this exciting monologue from this loving, merciful god… Warning – NSFW.
Zeke has another vision. The vision reached out a hand, lifted him up by the hair, and transported him to Jerusalem. The vision (‘god’) commands Zeke to dig a hole in the wall around the Temple courtyard (v 7-8). And what do you suppose Zeke finds when he looks through the hidden doorway in the hole? Why, the Mad Hatter, of course! Oops, no – wrong fantasy novel. Zeke finds walls covered with engravings of all kinds of crawling animals and detestable creatures, and people committing the unforgivable sin of worshiping idols or the sun.