On January 15, a during the ninth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, this message came to me from the LORD:
"Son of man, write down today's date, because on this very day the king of Babylon is beginning his attack against Jerusalem.
Then show these rebels an illustration; give them a message from the Sovereign LORD. Put a pot of water on the fire to boil.
Fill it with choice meat -- the rump and the shoulder and all the most tender cuts.
Use only the best sheep from the flock and heap fuel on the fire beneath the pot. Bring the pot to a boil, and cook the bones along with the meat.
"Now this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Destruction is certain for Jerusalem, the city of murderers! She is a pot filled with corruption. So take the meat out chunk by chunk in whatever order it comes,
for her wickedness is evident to all. She murders boldly, leaving blood on the rocks for all to see. She doesn't even try to cover it!
So I will splash her blood on a rock as an open expression of my anger and vengeance against her.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Destruction is certain for Jerusalem, the city of murderers! I myself will pile up the fuel beneath her.
Yes, heap on the wood! Let the fire roar to make the pot boil. Cook the meat well with many spices. Then empty the pot and burn the bones.
Now set the empty pot on the coals to scorch away the filth and corruption.
But it's hopeless; the corruption remains. So throw it into the fire!
It is the filth and corruption of your lewdness and idolatry. And now, because I tried to cleanse you but you refused, you will remain filthy until my fury against you has been satisfied.
I, the LORD, have spoken! The time has come and I won't hold back; I will not change my mind. You will be judged on the basis of all your wicked actions, says the Sovereign LORD."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)