This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water."
So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.
Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:14
"Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Peratha2 and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks."
So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me.36
Many days later the LORD said to me, "Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there."
So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.