Ezekiel 5

Jerusalem's Desolation Foretold

1 "As for you, son of man, take a 1sharp sword; take and use it as a barber's razor on your head and beard. Then take 2scales for weighing and divide the hair.
2 "One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the 3days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind; and I will 4unsheathe a sword behind them.
3 "Take also a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes.
4 "Take again some of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire; from it a fire will spread to all the house of Israel.
5 "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'This is 5Jerusalem; I have set her at the 6center of the nations, with lands around her.
6 'But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes 7more than the lands which surround her; for they have 8rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.'
8 therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I, even I, am 10against you, and I will 11execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations.
9 'And because of all your abominations, I will do among you what I have 12not done, and the like of which I will never do again.
10 'Therefore, 13fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers; for I will execute judgments on you and 14scatter all your remnant to every wind.
11 'So as I live,' declares the Lord GOD, 'surely *, because you have 15defiled My sanctuary with all your 16detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will also withdraw, and My eye will have no pity and I will not spare.
12 'One third of you will die by 17plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will 18scatter to every wind, and I will 19unsheathe a sword behind them.
13 'Thus My anger will be spent and I will satisfy My wrath on them, and I will be 20appeased; then they will know that I, the LORD, have 21spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them.
14 'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a 22reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by.
15 'So it will be a reproach, a reviling, a 23warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I 24execute judgments against you in anger, wrath and raging rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.
16 'When I send against them the deadly arrows of famine which were for the destruction of those whom I will send to destroy you, then I will also intensify the famine upon you and break the staff of bread.
17 'Moreover, 25I will send on you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you of children; 26plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the LORD, have spoken.' "
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