" 'Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed1 from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.214
" 'I the LORD have spoken.3 The time has come for me to act.4 I will not hold back; I will not have pity,5 nor will I relent.6 You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions,7 declares the Sovereign LORD.8' "
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, with one blow9 I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes.10 Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.1117
Groan quietly;12 do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban13 fastened and your sandals14 on your feet; do not cover the lower part of your face15 or eat the customary food [of mourners].16"
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.1719
Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us?18"
So I said to them, "The word of the LORD came to me:
Say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary19--the stronghold in which you take pride,20 the delight of your eyes,21 the object of your affection. The sons and daughters22 you left behind will fall by the sword.2322
And you will do as I have done. You will not cover the lower part of your face24 or eat the customary food [of mourners].2523
You will keep your turbans26 on your heads and your sandals27 on your feet. You will not mourn28 or weep but will waste away29 because ofa your sins and groan among yourselves.30