In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the LORD came to me:12
"Son of man, record2 this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.33
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.
Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces--the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;75
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.96
" '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.137
" '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.148
To stir up wrath and take revenge I put her blood on the bare rock, so that it would not be covered.
" 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'Woe to the city of bloodshed! I, too, will pile the wood high.
So heap on the wood and kindle the fire. Cook the meat well, mixing in the spices; and let the bones be charred.