Say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary1--the stronghold in which you take pride,2 the delight of your eyes,3 the object of your affection. The sons and daughters4 you left behind will fall by the sword.522
And you will do as I have done. You will not cover the lower part of your face6 or eat the customary food [of mourners].723
You will keep your turbans8 on your heads and your sandals9 on your feet. You will not mourn10 or weep but will waste away11 because ofa your sins and groan among yourselves.1224
Ezekiel13 will be a sign14 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,15 their heart's desire,16 and their sons and daughters17 as well--
on that day a fugitive will come to tell you18 the news.
At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent.19 So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD.20"