1Thus the LORDsaid to me, "Go and 1buy yourself a linenwaistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water."
So I bought the waistband in accordance with the 2word of the LORD and put it around my waist.
Then the word of the LORDcame to me a secondtime, saying,
4"Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to athe 3Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock."
So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, 4as the LORD had commanded me.
6Aftermanydays the LORDsaid to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistbandwhich I commanded you to hidethere."
Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the placewhere I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totallyworthless.
Then the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
9"Thussays the LORD, 'Justso will I destroy the 5pride of Judah and the greatpride of Jerusalem.
10'Thiswickedpeople, who6refuse to listen to My words, who 7walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have goneafterothergods to serve them and to bowdown to them, let them be just like thiswaistbandwhich is totallyworthless.
'For as the waistbandclings to the waist of a man, so I made the wholehousehold of Israel and the wholehousehold of Judah8cling to Me,' declares the LORD, 'that they might be for Me a people, for b9renown, for 10praise and for glory; but they 11did not listen.'