"Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber's razor1 to shave2 your head and your beard.3 Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.
When the days of your siege come to an end, burn a third4 of the hair with fire5 inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind.6 For I will pursue them with drawn sword.73
But take a few strands of hair and tuck them away in the folds of your garment.84
Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fire9 and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to the whole house of Israel.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.10