Therefore thus says the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile great.
Heap up the logs, kindle the fire; boil the meat well, mix in the spices, let the bones be burned.
Stand it empty upon the coals, so that it may become hot, its copper glow, its filth melt in it, its rust be consumed.
In vain I have wearied myself; a its thick rust does not depart. To the fire with its rust! b13
Yet, when I cleansed you in your filthy lewdness, you did not become clean from your filth; you shall not again be cleansed until I have satisfied my fury upon you.
I the Lord have spoken; the time is coming, I will act. I will not refrain, I will not spare, I will not relent. According to your ways and your doings I will judge you, says the Lord God.
The word of the Lord came to me:
Mortal, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down.
Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your upper lip or eat the bread of mourners. c18
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
Then the people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting this way?"
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