And you, O mortal, take a sharp sword; use it as a barber's razor and run it over your head and your beard; then take balances for weighing, and divide the hair.
One third of the hair you shall burn in the fire inside the city, when the days of the siege are completed; one third you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city; a and one third you shall scatter to the wind, and I will unsheathe the sword after them.
Then you shall take from these a small number, and bind them in the skirts of your robe.
From these, again, you shall take some, throw them into the fire and burn them up; from there a fire will come out against all the house of Israel.
Thus says the Lord God: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
But she has rebelled against my ordinances and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations and the countries all around her, rejecting my ordinances and not following my statutes.
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