The word of ADONAI came to me on the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year:
"Human being, write down today's date; because on this very day the king of Bavel has begun his attack on Yerushalayim.
And tell this allegory to these rebels; say that Adonai ELOHIM says: 'Put a pot on the fire; put it there, pour water in it;
Put in it pieces of meat, all the best parts - the thigh, the shoulder; fill it with the choicest cuts,
taken from the pick of the flock, and pile the bones underneath. Bring it to a rolling boil, till it's all cooked, even the bones.'
"Therefore Adonai ELOHIM says: 'Woe to the city drenched with blood, to the pot whose scum is in it, and whose scum has not been removed. Empty it piece by piece, without troubling to draw lots.
For her blood is still in her; she poured it on bare rock; she did not pour it on the ground, to cover it with dust.
So in order to rouse my fury and excite my vengeance, I have fixed her blood there on the bare rock, where it will not be covered.'
"Therefore Adonai ELOHIM says this: 'Woe to the city drenched with blood! I myself will make a huge bonfire,
heap on the wood, light it, cook the meat and add the spices - the bones can just be burned.
Put the empty pot on the coals, heat it till its copper bottom glows, till its impurity melts inside it, and its scum is burned away.
But the effort is in vain: its layers of scum will not leave it; so into the fire with its scum!
Because of your filthy lewdness, because you refused to be purified when I wanted to purify you; now you will not be purified from your filth until I have satisfied my fury on you.
"'I, ADONAI, have spoken it, and it will happen. I will do it, I will not turn back, I will not refrain or spare or relent. They will judge you as your ways and deeds deserve,' says Adonai ELOHIM."