The word of the LORD came to me:12
"Son of man, set your face against2 Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary.3 Prophesy against4 the land of Israel
and say to her: 'This is what the LORD says: I am against you.5 I will draw my sword6 from its scabbard and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.74
Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword8 will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.95
Then all people will know that I the LORD have drawn my sword10 from its scabbard; it will not return11 again.'126
"Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief.137
And when they ask you, 'Why are you groaning?14' you shall say, 'Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt15 and every hand go limp;16 every spirit will become faint17 and every knee become as weak as water.'18 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD."