Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us?1"
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 sanctuary2--the stronghold in which you take pride,3 the delight of your eyes,4 the object of your affection. The sons and daughters5 you left behind will fall by the sword.622
And you will do as I have done. You will not cover the lower part of your face7 or eat the customary food [of mourners].823
You will keep your turbans9 on your heads and your sandals10 on your feet. You will not mourn11 or weep but will waste away12 because ofa your sins and groan among yourselves.1324
Ezekiel14 will be a sign15 to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.'
"And you, son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes,16 their heart's desire,17 and their sons and daughters18 as well--
on that day a fugitive will come to tell you19 the news.
At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent.20 So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD.21"