At the 7th year of the reign of Zedekiah (sometime between the 10th day of the 5th month of the 7th year to the 10th day of the 10th month of the 9th year; time references: see 20:1 & 24:1), once again, “certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD and sat before [Ezekiel]” (Ezek. 20:1). Fearfully, and not unlike the fury of God displayed in (see “”), God answered the inquirers by saying: “Are ye come to enquire of Me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you” (Ezek. 20:3). Forthwith, however, the voice of Omnipotence spoke further, and questioned: “Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them” (Ezek. 20:4)? The God of Israel is both disturbed and disgusted, and means to find some relief in the charge given to Ezekiel: JUDGMENT. “Do not ye judge them that are within?” (1 Cor. 5:12).