Thus the Lord said to me: "Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water."
So I got a sash according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist.
And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying,
"Take the sash that you acquired, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, a and hide it there in a hole in the rock."
So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.
Now it came to pass after many days that the Lord said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the sash which I commanded you to hide there."
Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
"Thus says the Lord: 'In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.
For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,' says the Lord, 'that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.'