1Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth
day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
man, write you the name of the day, even of this same day: the king
of Babylon drew close to Jerusalem this same day.
3Utter a parable to the
rebellious house, and tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh, Set on the
caldron, set it on, and also pour water into it:
4gather the pieces of it
into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the
5Take the choice of the flock, and also a pile of
wood for the bones under the caldron; make it boil well; yes, let
the bones of it be boiled in the midst of it.
6Therefore thus says the
Lord Yahweh: Woe to the bloody city, to the caldron whose rust is therein,
and whose rust is not gone out of it! take out of it piece after piece; No
lot is fallen on it.
7For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it on
the bare rock; she didn’t pour it on the ground, to cover it with dust.
8That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance, I have set her
blood on the bare rock, that it should not be covered.
says the Lord Yahweh: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile
10Heap on the wood, make the fire hot, boil well the flesh, and
make thick the broth, and let the bones be burned.
11Then set it empty on
the coals of it, that it may be hot, and the brass of it may burn, and that
the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the rust of it may be
12She has wearied herself with toil; yet her great rust
doesn’t go forth out of her; her rust doesn’t go forth by fire.
13In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have cleansed you and you
weren’t cleansed, you shall not be cleansed from your filthiness any more,
until I have caused my wrath toward you to rest.
14I, Yahweh, have spoken
it: it shall happen, and I will do it: I will not go back, neither will I
spare, neither will I repent; according to your ways, and according to your
doings, shall they judge you, says the Lord Yahweh.
15Also the word of
Yahweh came to me, saying,
16Son of man, behold, I take away from you the
desire of your eyes with a stroke: yet you shall neither mourn nor weep,
neither shall your tears run down.
17Sigh, but not aloud, make no
mourning for the dead; bind your headdress on you, and put your shoes on your
feet, and don’t cover your lips, and don’t eat men’s bread.
18So I spoke
to the people in the morning; and at even my wife died; and I did in the
morning as I was commanded.
19The people said to me, Won’t you tell us
what these things are to us, that you do so?
20Then I said to them, The
word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
21Speak to the house of Israel, Thus
says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your
power, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pities; and your
sons and your daughters whom you have left behind shall fall by the
22You shall do as I have done: you shall not cover your
lips, nor eat the bread of men.
23Your tires shall be on your heads, and
your shoes on your feet: you shall not mourn nor weep; but you
shall pine away in your iniquities, and moan one toward another.
shall Ezekiel be to you a sign; according to all that he has done shall
you do: when this comes, then shall you know that I am the Lord
25You, son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from
them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and
that whereupon they set their heart, their sons and their daughters,
26that in that day he who escapes shall come to you, to cause you to hear
it with your ears?
27In that day shall your mouth be opened to him who is
escaped, and you shall speak, and be no more mute: so shall you be a sign to
them; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.