|Ezek 24:1 And the word of the LORD came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth of the month, saying,|
|Ezek 24:2 "Son of man, write the name of the day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.|
|Ezek 24:3 "Speak a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,
"Put on the pot, put it on and also pour water in it;
|Ezek 24:4 Put in it the pieces,
Every good piece, the thigh and the shoulder;
Fill it with choice bones.
|Ezek 24:5 "Take the choicest of the flock,
And also pile wood under the pot.
Make it boil vigorously.
Also seethe its bones in it."
|Ezek 24:6 ¶ 'Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD,
"Woe to the bloody city,
To the pot in which there is rust
And whose rust has not gone out of it!
Take out of it piece after piece,
Without making a choice.
|Ezek 24:7 "For her blood is in her midst;
She placed it on the bare rock;
She did not pour it on the ground
To cover it with dust.
|Ezek 24:8 "That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance,
I have put her blood on the bare rock,
That it may not be covered."
|Ezek 24:9 'Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD,
"Woe to the bloody city!
I also will make the pile great.
|Ezek 24:10 "Heap on the wood, kindle the fire,
Boil the flesh well
And mix in the spices,
And let the bones be burned.
|Ezek 24:11 "Then set it empty on its coals
So that it may be hot
And its bronze may glow
And its filthiness may be melted in it,
Its rust consumed.
|Ezek 24:12 "She has wearied Me with toil,
Yet her great rust has not gone from her;
Let her rust be in the fire!
|Ezek 24:13 "In your filthiness is lewdness.
Because I would have cleansed you,
Yet you are not clean,
You will not be cleansed from your filthiness again
Until I have spent My wrath on you.
|Ezek 24:14 "I, the LORD, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you," declares the Lord GOD.'"|
|Ezek 24:15 ¶ And the word of the LORD came to me saying,|
|Ezek 24:16 "Son of man, behold, I am about to take from you the desire of your eyes with a blow; but you shall not mourn and you shall not weep, and your tears shall not come.|
|Ezek 24:17 "Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men."|
|Ezek 24:18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded.|
|Ezek 24:19 The people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?"|
|Ezek 24:20 Then I said to them, "The word of the LORD came to me saying,|
|Ezek 24:21 'Speak to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword.|
|Ezek 24:22 'You will do as I have done; you will not cover your mustache and you will not eat the bread of men.|
|Ezek 24:23 'Your turbans will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet. You will not mourn and you will not weep, but you will rot away in your iniquities and you will groan to one another.|
|Ezek 24:24 'Thus Ezekiel will be a sign to you; according to all that he has done you will do; when it comes, then you will know that I am the Lord GOD.'"|
|Ezek 24:25 ¶ 'As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I take from them their stronghold, the joy of their pride, the desire of their eyes and their heart's delight, their sons and their daughters,|
|Ezek 24:26 that on that day he who escapes will come to you with information for your ears?|
|Ezek 24:27 'On that day your mouth will be opened to him who escaped, and you will speak and be mute no longer. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD.'"|