1 "And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber's razor, a and pass it over your head and your beard; then take scales to weigh and divide the hair. 2 b "You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of c the city, when d 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 in the wind: I will draw out a sword after e them. 3 f "You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your garment. 4 "Then take some of them again and g 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 GOD: 'This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her. 6 'She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.' 7 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because you have 1 multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes h nor kept My judgments, 2 nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you' - 8 "therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. 9 i 'And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations. 10 'Therefore fathers j shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will k scatter to all the winds. 11 'Therefore, as I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'surely, because you have l defiled My sanctuary with all your m detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; n My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity. 12 o 'One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and p I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after q them.
13 'Thus shall My anger r be spent, and I will s cause My fury to rest upon them, t and I will be avenged; u and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it in My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them. 14 'Moreover v I will make you a waste and a reproach among the nations that are all around you, in the sight of all who pass by. 15 'So 3 it shall be a w reproach, a taunt, a x lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in y furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken. 16 'When I z 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 a supply of bread. 17 'So I will send against you famine and b wild beasts, and they will bereave you. c Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken.' "New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.