Ezekiel 24:1-10 (New International Version)

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The Cooking Pot

1 In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the LORD came to me:1 2 "Son of man, record2 this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.3 3 Tell this rebellious house4 a parable5 and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'Put on the cooking pot;6 put it on and pour water into it. 4 Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces--the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;7 5 take the pick of the flock.8 Pile wood beneath it for the bones; bring it to a boil and cook the bones in it.9 6 " 'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'Woe10 to the city of bloodshed,11 to the pot now encrusted, whose deposit will not go away! Empty it piece by piece without casting lots12 for them.13 7 " 'For the blood she shed is in her midst: She poured it on the bare rock; she did not pour it on the ground, where the dust would cover it.14 8 To stir up wrath and take revenge I put her blood on the bare rock, so that it would not be covered. 9 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'Woe to the city of bloodshed! I, too, will pile the wood high. 10 So heap on the wood and kindle the fire. Cook the meat well, mixing in the spices; and let the bones be charred.
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