Ezekiel Chapter 24 |
1In the ninth year, on the tenth day of the tenth month, the word of the Lord came to me:
2O mortal, record this date, this exact day; for this very day the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem.
3Further, speak in an allegory to the rebellious breed and say to them: Thus said the Lord God:
Put the caldron [on the fire], put it on,
And then pour water into it.
4Collect in it the pieces [of meat].
Every choice piece, thigh and shoulder;
Fill it with the best cuts—
5Take the best of the flock.
Also pile the cuts under it;
Get it boiling briskly,
And cook the cuts in it.
6Assuredly, thus said the Lord God:
Woe to the city of blood—
A caldron whose scum is in it,
Whose scum has not been cleaned out!
Empty it piece by piece;
No lot has fallen upon it.
7For the blood she shed is still in her;
She set it upon a bare rock;
She did not pour it out on the ground
To cover it with earth.
8She set her blood upon the bare rock,
So that it was not covered,
So that it may stir up [My] fury
To take vengeance.
9Assuredly, thus said the Lord God:
Woe to the city of blood!
I in turn will make a great blaze.
10Pile on the logs,
Kindle the fire,
Cook the meat through
And stew it completely,
And let the bones be charred.
11Let it stand empty on the coals,
Until it becomes so hot
That the copper glows.
Then its uncleanness shall melt away in it,
And its rust be consumed.
12It has frustrated all effort,
Its thick scum will not leave it—
Into the fire with its scum!
13For your vile impurity—because I sought to cleanse you of your impurity, but you would not be cleansed—you shall never be clean again until I have satisfied My fury upon you. 14I the Lord have spoken: It shall come to pass and I will do it. I will not refrain or spare or relent. You shall be punished according to your ways and your deeds—declares the Lord God.
15The word of the Lord came to me: 16O mortal, I am about to take away the delight of your eyes from you through pestilence; but you shall not lament or weep or let your tears flow. 17Moan softly; observe no mourning for the dead: Put on your turban and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover over your upper lip, and do not eat the bread of comforters.”
18In the evening my wife died, and in the morning I did as I had been commanded. And when I spoke to the people that morning, 19the people asked me, “Will you not tell us what these things portend for us, that you are acting so?” 20I answered them, “The word of the Lord has come to me: 21Tell the House of Israel: Thus said the Lord God: ‘I am going to desecrate My Sanctuary, your pride and glory, the delight of your eyes and the desire of your heart; and the sons and daughters you have left behind shall fall by the sword. 22And Ezekiel shall become a portent for you: you shall do just as he has done, when it happens; and you shall know that I am the Lord God.’ 23Accordingly, you shall do as I have done: you shall not cover over your upper lips or eat the bread of comforters; 24and your turbans shall remain on your heads, and your sandals upon your feet. You shall not lament or weep, but you shall be heartsick because of your iniquities and shall moan to one another.”
25You, O mortal, take note: On the day that I take their stronghold from them, their pride and joy, the delight of their eyes and the longing of their hearts—their sons and daughters— 26on that day a fugitive will come to you, to let you hear it with your own ears. 27On that day your mouth shall be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and no longer be dumb. So you shall be a portent for them, and they shall know that I am the Lord.