Then the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
13"Son of man, if a countrysins against Me by 1committingunfaithfulness, and I stretch out My handagainst it, adestroy its 2supply of bread, sendfamine against it and cutoff from it both man and beast,
even 3though thesethreemen, 4Noah, 5Daniel and 6Job were in its midst, by their own righteousness they could only deliver7themselves," declares the LordGOD.
15"If I were to cause 8wildbeasts to pass through the land and they bdepopulated it, and it becamedesolateso that noone would passthrough it because of the beasts,
though thesethreemen were in its midst, as I live," declares the LordGOD, "they could not delivereither their sonsor their daughters. 9They alone would be delivered, but the country would be desolate.
17"Or if I should 10bring a sword on that country and say, 'Let the swordpass through the country and 11cutoffman and beast from it,'
even though thesethreemen were in its midst, as I live," declares the LordGOD, "they could not deliver either their sons or their daughters, but they alone would be delivered.
19"Or if I should send a 12plagueagainst that country and pour out My wrath in blood on it to cutoffman and beast from it,
even though Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, as I live," declares the LordGOD, "they could not delivereither their sonor their daughter. They would deliver only themselves by their righteousness."
For thussays the LordGOD, "Howmuchmorewhen13I send My fourcseverejudgmentsagainstJerusalem: sword, famine, wildbeasts and plague to cutoffman and beast from it!
"Yet, behold, dsurvivors will be left in it who will be brought out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to comeforth to you and you will 14see their conduct and actions; then you will be 15comforted for the calamitywhich I have broughtagainstJerusalem for everythingwhich I have brought upon it.
"Then they will comfort you when you see their conduct and actions, for you will know that I have not done16in vainwhatever I dideto it," declares the LordGOD.