"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot,1 but I will drive you out of it.28
You fear the sword,3 and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.49
I will drive you out of the city and hand you over5 to foreigners and inflict punishment on you.610
You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.7 Then you will know that I am the LORD.
This city will not be a pot8 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,9 for you have not followed my decrees10 or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.11"
Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah12 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?13"
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.'14
"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary15 for them in the countries where they have gone.'
"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.'16