22:18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become slag to me. All of them are like bronze, tin, iron, and lead in the furnace; 1 they are the worthless slag of silver.
22:19 Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘Because all of you 2 have become slag, look out! – I am about to gather you in the middle of Jerusalem. 3
22:20 As silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin are gathered in a furnace so that the fire can melt them, so I will gather you in my anger and in my rage. I will deposit you there 4 and melt you.
22:21 I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my fury, and you will be melted in it.
22:22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted in it, and you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out my anger on you.’”
1 tn For similar imagery, see Isa 1:21-26; Jer 6:27-30.
2 tn The Hebrew second person pronoun is masculine plural here and in vv. 19b-21, indicating that the people are being addressed.
3 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
4 tn Heb “I will put.” No object is supplied in the Hebrew, prompting many to emend the text to “I will blow.” See BHS and verse 21.