You, human one, take a sharp sword. Use it like a razor and shave your head and beard. Then use scales to divide the hair.
At the end of the siege, burn one-third of it in the city. Strike another third with the sword left and right. Then scatter one-third to the wind and let loosea the sword after it.
From that third, take a few strands and hide them in your garment.
From that hair, take yet another batch and throw it into the fire and burn it up. From there, fire will spread to the whole house of Israel.
The LORD God proclaims: This is Jerusalem! I have set her in the middle of the nations and surrounding countries.
But she rebelled against my case laws and my regulations with greater treachery than these nations and surrounding countries, who also rejected my case laws and didn't follow my regulations.