Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement1 for fuel."
The LORD said, "In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them."214
Then I said, "Not so, Sovereign LORD!3 I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead4 or torn by wild animals. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth.5"
"Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
He then said to me: "Son of man, I will cut off6 the supply of food in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair,717
for food and water will be scarce.8 They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because ofa their sin.9