Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say: "This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, O house of Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.16
You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.27
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot,3 but I will drive you out of it.48
You fear the sword,5 and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.69
I will drive you out of the city and hand you over7 to foreigners and inflict punishment on you.810
You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.9 Then you will know that I am the LORD.
This city will not be a pot10 for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.
And you will know that I am the LORD,11 for you have not followed my decrees12 or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.13"
Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah14 son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?15"
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, your brothers--your brothers who are your blood relativesa and the whole house of Israel--are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, 'They areb far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.'16