"And you, 1O son of man, take a 2sharp sword. Use it as 3a barber's razor and 4pass it over your head and your beard. Then take balances for weighing and divide the hair.
25A third part you shall burn in the fire 6in the midst of the city, 7when the days of the siege are completed. And a third part you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city. 8And a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and 9I will unsheathe the sword after them.
310And you shall take from these a small number and bind them in the skirts of your robe.
411And of these again you shall take some and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will come out into all the house of Israel.
"Thus says the Lord GOD: 12This is Jerusalem. I have set her 13in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
And she has rebelled against my rules by doing wickedness 14more than the nations, and against my statutes more than 15the countries all around her; for they have rejected my rules and have not walked in my statutes.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are 16more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, 17and have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, 18and have nota even acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you,