Ezekiel 24

The Siege of Jerusalem

1 Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 "Son of man, write down the name of the day, this very day - the king of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem a this very day.

3 b "And utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD:
c "Put on a pot, set it on,
And also pour water into it.
4 Gather pieces of meat in it,
Every good piece,
The thigh and the shoulder.
Fill it with choice 1 cuts;
5 Take the choice of the flock.
Also pile fuel bones under it,
Make it boil well,
And let the cuts simmer in it."

6 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
"Woe to d the bloody city,
To the pot whose scum is in it,
And whose scum is not gone from it!
Bring it out piece by piece,
On which no e lot has fallen.
7 For her blood is in her midst;
She set it on top of a rock;
f She did not pour it on the ground,
To cover it with dust.
8 That it may raise up fury and take vengeance,
g I have set her blood on top of a rock,
That it may not be covered."
9 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
h "Woe to the bloody city!
I too will make the pyre great.
10 Heap on the wood,
Kindle the fire;
Cook the meat well,
Mix in the spices,
And let the 2 cuts be burned up.
11 "Then set the pot empty on the coals,
That it may become hot and its bronze may burn,
That i its filthiness may be melted in it,
That its scum may be consumed.
12 She has 3 grown weary with 4 lies,
And her great scum has not gone from her.
Let her scum be in the fire!
13 In your j filthiness is lewdness.
Because I have cleansed you, and you were not cleansed,
You will k not be cleansed of your filthiness anymore,
l Till I have caused My fury to rest upon you.
14 m I, the LORD, have spoken it;
n It shall come to pass, and I will do it;
I will not hold back,
o Nor will I spare,
Nor will I relent;
According to your ways
And according to your deeds
5 They will judge you,"
Says the Lord GOD.' "

Ezekiel's Wife Dies

15 Also the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 16 "Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall p neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. 17 "Sigh in silence, q make no mourning for the dead; r bind your turban on your head, and s put your sandals on your feet; t do not cover your 6 lips, and do not eat man's bread of sorrow." 18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.

19 And the people said to me, u "Will you not tell us what these things signify to us, that you behave so?" 20 Then I answered them, "The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 21 'Speak to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, v I will profane My sanctuary, 7 your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the 8 delight of your soul; w and your sons and daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22 'And you shall do as I have done; x you shall not cover your 9 lips nor eat man's bread of sorrow. 23 'Your turbans shall be on your heads and your sandals on your feet; y you shall neither mourn nor weep, but z you shall pine away in your iniquities and mourn with one another. 24 'Thus a Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; b and when this comes, c you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.' "

25 'And you, son of man - will it not be in the day when I take from them d their stronghold, their joy and their glory, the desire of their eyes, and 10 that on which they set their minds, their sons and their daughters: 26 'on that day e one who escapes will come to you to let you hear it with your ears; 27 f 'on that day your mouth will be opened to him who has escaped; you shall speak and no longer be mute. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they shall know that I am the LORD.' "

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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