21 And it came to pass in the twelfth year x of our captivity, in the tenth month, on the fifth day of the month, y that one who had escaped from Jerusalem came to me and said, z "The city has been 1 captured!" 22 Now a the hand of the LORD had been upon me the evening before the man came who had escaped. And He had b opened my mouth; so when he came to me in the morning, my mouth was opened, and I was no longer mute.
23 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 24 "Son of man, c they who inhabit those d ruins in the land of Israel are saying, e 'Abraham was only one, and he inherited the land. f But we are many; the land has been given to us as a g possession.' 25 "Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: h "You eat meat with blood, you i lift up your eyes toward your idols, and j shed blood. Should you then possess the k land? 26 "You rely on your sword, you commit abominations, and you l defile one another's wives. Should you then possess the land?" ' 27 "Say thus to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "As I live, surely m those who are in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and the one who is in the open field n I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and o caves shall die of the pestilence. 28 p "For I will make the land most desolate, 2 her q arrogant strength shall cease, and r the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that no one will pass through. 29 "Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have made the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed." '
30 "As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they s speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, 'Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.' 31 "So t they come to you as people do, they u sit before you as My people, and they v hear your words, but they do not do them; w for with their mouth they show much love, but x their hearts pursue their own gain. 32 "Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do y not do them. 33 z "And when this comes to pass - surely it will come - then a they will know that a prophet has been among them."New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.