When the days of your siege come to an end, burn4 a third5 of the hair inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind.6 For I will pursue them with drawn sword.7
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not evena conformed to the standards of the nations around you.12
Therefore as surely as I live,17 declares the Sovereign18 LORD, because you have defiled my sanctuary19 with all your vile images20 and detestable practices,21 I myself will shave you; I will not look on you with pity or spare you.22
A third of your people will die of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the winds23 and pursue with drawn sword.24
You will be a reproach29 and a taunt, a warning30 and an object of horror to the nations around you when I inflict punishment on you in anger and in wrath and with stinging rebuke.31 I the LORD have spoken.32
I will send famine and wild beasts34 against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed35 will sweep through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I the LORD have spoken.36"