On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of our exile, the Lord spoke to me.
"Mortal man," he said, "write down today's date, because this is the day that the king of Babylonia is beginning the siege of Jerusalem. 13
Tell my rebellious people this parable that I, the Sovereign Lord, have for them: Set the pot on the fire and fill it up with water.
Put in the best pieces of meat - the shoulders and the legs - fill it with choice bony pieces too.
Use the meat of the finest sheep; pile the wood a under the pot. Let the water boil; boil the bones and the meat."
This is what the Sovereign Lord is saying: "The city of murderers is doomed! It is like a corroded pot that is never cleaned. Piece after piece of meat is taken out, and not one is left.
There was murder in the city, but the blood was not spilled on the ground where the dust could hide it; it was spilled on a bare rock.
I have left the blood there, where it cannot be hidden, where it demands angry revenge."
This is what the Sovereign Lord is saying: "The city of murderers is doomed! I myself will pile up the firewood.
Bring more wood! Fan the flames! Cook the meat! Boil away the broth! b Burn up the bones!
Now set the empty bronze pot on the coals and let it get red-hot. Then the pot will be ritually pure again after the corrosion is burned off,
although all that corrosion will not disappear in the flames. c13
Jerusalem, your immoral actions have defiled you. Although I tried to purify you, you remained defiled. You will not be pure again until you have felt the full force of my anger.
I, the Lord, have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not ignore your sins or show pity or be merciful. You will be punished for what you have done." The Sovereign Lord has spoken.