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 1 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, 2 your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the 3 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 4 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 5 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.