Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linengirdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.2
So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.3
And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time,saying ,
4Take the girdle that thou hast got , which is upon thy loins, and arise , go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.5
So I went , and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORDcommanded me.
And it came to pass aftermanydays, that the LORDsaid unto me, Arise , go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.
Then I went to Euphrates, and digged , and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred , it was profitable for nothing.
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the greatpride of Jerusalem.10
This evilpeople, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imaginationa of their heart, and walkafterothergods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
For as the girdlecleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah,saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear .