The Lord spoke his word to me in the ninth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month. He said:
"Human, write down today's date, this very date. The king of Babylon has surrounded Jerusalem this very day.
And tell a story to the people who refuse to obey me. Say to them: 'This is what the Lord God says: Put on the pot; put it on and pour water in it.
Put in the pieces of meat, the best pieces -- the legs and the shoulders. Fill it with the best bones.
Take the best of the flock, and pile wood under the pot. Boil the pieces of meat until even the bones are cooked.
"'This is what the Lord God says: How terrible it will be for the city of murderers! How terrible it will be for the rusty pot whose rust will not come off! Take the meat out of it, piece by piece. Don't choose any special piece.
"'The blood from her killings is still in the city. She poured the blood on the bare rock. She did not pour it on the ground where dust would cover it.