"As for you, son of man, take a 1sharpsword ; take and ause it as a barber'srazor on your head and beard. Then take2scales for weighing and dividebthe hair.
2"Onethird you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the 3days of the siege are completed. Then you shall takeonethird and strike it with the swordallaroundcthe city, and onethird you shall scatter to the wind ; and I will 4unsheathe a swordbehind them.
3"Take also a few in number from dthem and bind them in the edges of your robes.
4"Takeagainsome of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire ; from it a fire will espread to all the house of Israel.
5"Thussays the LordfGOD, 'This is 5Jerusalem ; I have set her at the 6center of the nations, with landsaround her.
'But she has rebelledagainst My ordinancesmorewickedlythan the nations and against My statutes7morethan the landswhichsurround her; for they have 8rejected My ordinances and have not walkedgin My statutes.'
7"Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, 'Because you have 9moreturmoilthan the nationswhichsurround you and have not walked in My statutes, norobserved My ordinances, norobserved the ordinances of the nationswhichsurround you,'
8therefore, thussays the LordGOD, 'Behold, I, even I, am 10against you, and I will 11executejudgmentsamong you in the sight of the nations.
'And because of all your abominations, I will do among you what I have 12not done, and the like of which I will neverdoagain.
10'Therefore, 13fathers will eat their sonsamong you, and sons will eat their fathers ; for I will executejudgments on you and 14scatterall your remnant to everywind.
11'So as I live,' declares the LordGOD, 'surely , because you have 15defiled My sanctuary with all your 16detestableidols and with all your abominations, therefore I will alsowithdraw, and My eye will havenopity and I will not spare.
12'Onethird of you will die by 17plague or be consumed by famineamong you, onethird will fall by the swordaround you, and onethird I will 18scatter to everywind, and I will 19unsheathe a swordbehind them.
'Thus My anger will be spent and I will hsatisfy My wrath on them, and I will be i20appeased ; then they will know that I, the LORD, have 21spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them.
'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a 22reproach among the nationswhichsurround you, in the sight of all who pass by.
'So jit will be a reproach, a reviling, a 23warning and an object of horror to the nationswhosurround you when I 24executejudgments against you in anger, wrath and ragingrebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.
'When I send against them the kdeadlyarrows of faminewhichlwere for the destruction of those whom I will send to destroy you, then I will also intensify the famine upon you and break the staff of bread.
'Moreover, 25I will send on you famine and wildbeasts, and they will bereave you of children ; 26plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the LORD, have spoken.' "