And it came to pass in the twelfthyear of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalemcame unto me, saying , The city is smitten .
Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening,afore he that was escapedcame ; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened , and I was no more dumb .
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
24Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israelspeak , saying , Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.25
Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the LordGOD; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shedblood: and shall ye possess the land?26
Ye stand upon your sword, ye workabomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour'swife: and shall ye possess the land?27Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the LordGOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the openfield will I give to the beasts to be devoured , and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.28
For I will lay the landmostadesolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease ; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate , that none shall pass through .
Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the landmostdesolate because of all their abominations which they have committed .
Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talkingagainst thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speakone to another, every one to his brother,saying , Come , I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.31
And they come unto thee as the peoplecometh, and they sitbefore thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heartgoethafter their covetousness.32
And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovelysong of one that hath a pleasantvoice, and can play well on an instrument : for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
And when this cometh to pass , (lo, it will come ,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.