"Now you, son of man, take a sharp sword, use it as you would a barber's razor, and shave your head and beard. Then take a pair of scales and divide the hair.
You are to burn up one third [of it] in the city when the days of the siege have ended; you are to take one third and slash [it] with the sword all around the city; and you are to scatter one third to the wind, for I will draw a sword [to chase] after them.
But you are to take a few strands from the hair and secure them in the folds of your [robe].
Take some more of them, throw them into the fire, and burn them in it. A fire will spread from it to the whole house of Israel.
"This is what the Lord God says: I have set this Jerusalem in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
But she has rebelled against My ordinances with more wickedness than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that surround her. For her people have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.