"Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber's razor1 to shave2 your head and your beard.3 Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.
When the days of your siege come to an end, burn a third4 of the hair with fire5 inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind.6 For I will pursue them with drawn sword.73
But take a few strands of hair and tuck them away in the folds of your garment.84
Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fire9 and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to the whole house of Israel.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.106
Yet in her wickedness she has rebelled against my laws and decrees more than the nations and countries around her. She has rejected my laws and has not followed my decrees.117
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not evena conformed to the standards of the nations around you.12