1 And you, son of man, take a sharp knife, a barber's razor, take it to yourself and pass
it over your head and your beard; then take scales to weigh and divide the hair.
2 You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege
are finished; then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter into the wind: and I will draw out a sword after them.
3 You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your
4 Then take some of them again and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn
them in the fire. From there a fire will go out into all the house of Israel.
5 Thus says the Lord Jehovah: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the midst of the
nations and the lands all around her.
6 And she has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the
nations, and against My statutes more than the lands that are all around her; for they have
rejected My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.
7 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah: Because you have multiplied disobedience more
than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My
judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around
8 therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah: Behold I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the eyes of the nations.
9 And I will do in you what I have never done, and the likes of which I will never do
again, because of all your abominations.
10 Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers;
and I will execute judgments in you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to all the
11 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord Jehovah, surely, because you have defiled My
sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will
also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.
12 A third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your
midst; and a third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter the other third
to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
13 Thus shall My anger be spent, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will
be comforted; and they shall know that I, Jehovah, have spoken in My zeal, when I have
spent My fury upon them.
14 Moreover I will make you a waste and a reproach among the nations that are all around you, in the eyes of all who pass by.
15 So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a chastening, and a horror to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments against you in anger and in fury and in furious punishment. I, Jehovah, have spoken.
16 When I send against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for
destruction, which I will send to destroy you, I will increase the famine upon you and cut
off your food supply.
17 Thus I will send against you famine and evil beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, Jehovah, have spoken.