And the word of the LORDcame to me in the ninthyear, in the tenthmonth, on the tenth of the month, saying,
2"Son of man, write the name of the day, thisveryday. The king of Babylonahas 1laidsiege to Jerusalemthisveryday.
3"Speak a 2parable to the 3rebellioushouse and say to them, 'Thussays the LordbGOD, "Put on the 4pot, put it on and alsopourwater in it;
4c5Put in it the pieces, Everygoodpiece, the thigh and the shoulder; Fill it with choicebones.
5"Take the 6choicest of the flock, And alsopiledwoodunderethe pot. Make it boilvigorously. Alsoseethe its bones in it."
6'Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, "Woe to the 7bloodycity, To the pot in which there is rust And whose rust has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, fWithoutmaking a choice.
"For her blood is in her midst; She placed it on the barerock; She did not 8pour it on the ground To cover it with dust.
"That it may 9cause wrath to come up to takevengeance, I have put her blood on the barerock, That it may not be covered."
9'Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, "10Woe to the bloodycity! I also will make the pilegreat.
10"Heap on the wood, kindle the fire, gBoil the fleshwell And mix in the spices, And let the bones be burned.
"Then 11set it empty on its coalsSo that it may be hot And its bronze may hglow And its 12filthiness may be melted in it, Its rustconsumed.
"She has 13wearied Me with toil, Yet her greatrust has not gone from her; Let her rust be in the fire!
"In your filthiness is lewdness. Because I would have cleansed you, Yet you are 14not clean, You will not be cleansed from your filthinessagainUntil I have i15spent My wrath on you.
"I, the LORD, have spoken; it is 16coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not 17pity and I will not be sorry; 18according to your ways and according to your deedsjI will judge you," declares the LordGOD.' "
And the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
16"Son of man, behold, I am about to take from you the 19desire of your eyes with a 20blow; but you shall not 21mourn and you shall not weep, and your 22tears shall not come.
17"Groansilently; make23nomourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and 24do not eat the bread of men."
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wifedied. And in the morning I did as I was commanded.
The peoplesaid to me, "Will you not tell us whatthesethings that you are doing mean for us?"
Then I said to them, "The word of the LORDcame to me saying,
21'Speak to the house of Israel, "Thussays the LordGOD, 'Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the 25desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your 26sons and your daughterswhom you have leftbehind will fall by the sword.
'You will do as I have done; you will not cover your mustache and you will not eat the bread of men.
'Your turbans will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet. You 27will not mourn and you will not weep, but 28you will rotaway in your iniquities and you will groankto oneanother.
'Thus Ezekiel will be a 29sign to you; according to all that he has done you will do; when it comes, then you will know that I am the LordGOD.' "
'As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I take from them their 30stronghold, the joy of their lpride, the desire of their eyes and mtheir heart'sdelight, their sons and their daughters,
that on that day he who31escapes will come to you with information for your ears?
'On that day your 32mouth will be opened to him whoescaped, and you will speak and be mutenolonger. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD.' "