Sometimes just the NIV section titles alone can fill one with a sense of dread when reading the Prophets.
Take the book of Ezekiel...
Chapter 8: Idolatry in the Temple
Chapter 9: Idolaters Killed
Chapter 10: The Glory Departs From the Temple Yikes! I don’t know if I would have wanted to be around when the glory of God was on the move!
But Chapter 9 turns out to be not only about the idolaters who were killed, but also about the remnant that remained.
In verse 4, the Lord instructs the man with the writing kit to “go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.”
Meanwhile, the guards of the city are instructed to kill anyone who doesn’t have a mark, beginning with the elders who were “in front of the temple.”(v.6)