The word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth [day] of the month:
"Son of man, write down today's date, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.
Now speak a parable to the rebellious house. Tell them: This is what the Lord God says: Put the pot on [the fire]- put [it] on, and then pour water into it!
Place the pieces of meat in it, every good piece- thigh and shoulder. Fill it with choice bones.
Take the choicest of the flock and also pile up the fuel under it. Bring it to a boil and cook the bones in it."
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Woe to the city of bloodshed, the pot that has rust inside it, and whose rust will not come off! Empty it piece by piece; lots should not be cast for its contents.
For the blood she shed is in her midst. She put it out on the bare rock; she didn't pour it on the ground to cover it with dust.
In order to stir up wrath and take vengeance, I have put her blood on the bare rock, so that it would not be covered.
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Woe to the city of bloodshed! I Myself will make the pile of kindling large.
Pile on the logs and kindle the fire! Cook the meat well and mix in the spices! Let the bones be burned!
Set the empty pot on its coals so that it becomes hot and its copper glows. Then its impurity will melt inside it; its rust will be consumed.
It has frustrated every effort; its thick rust will not come off. Into the fire with its rust!
Because of the indecency of your uncleanness- since I tried to purify you, but you would not be purified from your uncleanness- you will not be pure again until I have satisfied My wrath on you.
I, the Lord, have spoken. It is coming, and I will do it! I will not refrain, I will not show pity, and I will not relent. I will judge you according to your ways and deeds. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God .