1“You, son of man, take a sharp sword. Take it as a barber’s razor and use it on your head and on your beard. Then take balances for weighing and divide the hair.
2A third part you are to burn in the fire in the middle of the city when the days of the siege are completed; and you are to take a third part and strike it with the sword around the city; and a third part you are to scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.
3You are to take a few strands of it by number, and bind them in your skirts.
4And of those again you are to take some and cast them into the middle of the fire and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will come out into all the house of Israel.
5This is what the Lord Yahweh says: This is Jerusalem! I have set her in the middle of the nations, and countries are around her.
6But she has rebelled against my ordinances by doing wickedness more than the nations, and rebelled against my statutes more than the countries that are around her. Indeed, they have rejected my ordinances; and as for my statutes, they have not walked in them.
7Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Because you are more arrogant than the nations that are around you and have not walked in my statutes, nor have kept my ordinances, nor have even acted according to the ordinances of the nations that are around you,
8therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I, even I, am against you, and I will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.
9I will do to you what I have not done before and what I will never do again, because of all your abominations.
10Therefore fathers will eat their sons in the middle of you, and sons will eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you and the whole remnant of you I will scatter to all the winds.
11Therefore as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore will I also withdraw from you, and my eye will not pity you, nor will I spare you.
12A third part of you will die by the pestilence or be consumed by famine in your midst; and a third part will fall by the sword all around you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds and will draw out a sword to pursue after them.
13Thus my anger will have an end, and I will cause my wrath toward them to rest, and I will be appeased; and they will know that I, Yahweh, have spoken in my zeal when my wrath on them has come to an end.
14Moreover, I will make you a desolation and an object of reproach among the nations that are around you and in the eyes of all that pass by.
15So it will be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment to the nations that are around you when I will execute judgments on you in anger and in wrath, and in wrathful rebukes (I, Yahweh, have spoken it),
16when I will send on them the deadly arrows of famine that are for destruction that I will send to destroy you; and I will increase the famine upon you and will break your staff of bread,
17and I will send on you famine and evil animals, and they will bereave you; and pestilence and blood will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, Yahweh, have spoken it.”