12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying: 13 "Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its k supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 l "Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves m by their righteousness," says the Lord GOD.
15 "If I cause n wild beasts to pass through the land, and they 1 empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, 16 "even o though these three men were 2 in it, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be p desolate.
17 "Or if q I bring a sword on that land, and say, 'Sword, go through the land,' and I r cut off man and beast from it, 18 "even s though these three men were in it, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.
19 "Or if I send t a pestilence into that land and u pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, 20 "even v though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness."
21 For thus says the Lord GOD: "How much more it shall be when w I send My four 3 severe judgments on Jerusalem - the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence - to cut off man and beast from it? 22 x "Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be y brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and z you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it. 23 "And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing a without cause that I have done in it," says the Lord GOD.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.