The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, set your face toward1 the south; preach against the south and prophesy against2 the forest of the southland.347
Say to the southern forest:4 'Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to set fire to you, and it will consume5 all your trees, both green and dry. The blazing flame will not be quenched, and every face from south to north6 will be scorched by it.748
Everyone will see that I the LORD have kindled it; it will not be quenched.8' "
Then I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD!9 They are saying of me, 'Isn't he just telling parables?10' "