They say, "We will soon be building houses again. a The city is like a cooking pot, and we are like the meat in it, but at least it protects us from the fire.'
Now then, denounce them, mortal man."
The spirit of the Lord took control of me, and the Lord told me to give the people this message: "People of Israel, I know what you are saying and what you are planning.
You have murdered so many people here in the city that the streets are full of corpses.
"So this is what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to you. This city is a cooking pot all right, but what is the meat? The corpses of those you have killed! You will not be here - I will throw you out of the city!
Are you afraid of swords? I will bring soldiers with swords to attack you.
I will take you out of the city and hand you over to foreigners. I have sentenced you to death,
and you will be killed in battle in your own country. Then everyone will know that I am the Lord.
This city will not protect you the way a pot protects the meat in it. I will punish you wherever you may be in the land of Israel.
You will know that I am the Lord and that while you were keeping the laws of the neighboring nations, you were breaking [my ]laws and disobeying [my ]commands."
While I was prophesying, Pelatiah dropped dead. I threw myself face downward on the ground and shouted, "No, Sovereign Lord! Are you going to kill everyone left in Israel?"