Ezekiel 5

1- 2“Son of man, after your time of hunger you must do these things. You must get a sharp sword. Use that sword like a barber’s razor. Shave off your hair and beard. Put the hair on a scale and weigh it. Separate your hair into three equal parts. Put one third of your hair on the brick that has the picture of the city on it. Burn that hair in that 'city.’ ˻This shows that some of the people will die inside the city.˼ Then use a sword and cut one third of your hair into small pieces all around the city ˻(brick)˼. ˻This will show that some of the people will die outside the city.˼ Then throw one third of your hair into the air—let the wind blow it far away. ˻This will show that˼ I will pull out my sword and chase some of the people into faraway countries. 3But then you must get a few of those hairs and wrap them up in your robe. ˻This will show that I will save a few of my people.˼ 4You must also get some more of those hairs and throw them into the fire. ˻This will show that˼ a fire will start there and destroy the whole house of Israel. 5Then the Lord my Master said to me, “That ˻brick˼ is a picture of Jerusalem. I put Jerusalem in the middle of other nations. And there are countries all around her. 6The people ˻of Jerusalem˼ rebelled against my commands. They were worse than any of the other nations! They broke more of my laws than any of the people in the countries around them. They refused to listen to my commands! They did not obey my laws!” 7So, the Lord my Master says, “˻I will do terrible things to you! Why?˼ Because you did not obey my laws. You did not obey my commands. You broke more of my laws than the people that live around you! And you even did things those people say are wrong!” 8So the Lord my Master says, “So now, even I am against you! And I will punish you while those other people watch. 9I will do things to you that I have never done before. And I will never do those terrible things again! Why? Because you did so many terrible things. 10People in Jerusalem will be so hungry that parents will eat their own children and children will eat their own parents. I will punish you in many ways. And the people that are left alive, I will scatter them to the winds. 11The Lord my Master says, “˻Jerusalem,˼ I promise by my life ˻that I will punish you˼! I promise that I will punish you! Why? Because you did terrible things to my Holy Place. You did horrible things that made it dirty! I will punish you! I won’t show any mercy. I will not feel sorry for you! 12One third of your people will die inside the city from diseases and hunger. One third of your people will die in battle outside the city. And then I will pull out my sword and chase one third of your people into faraway countries. 13Only then will I stop being angry at your people. I will know that they have been punished for the bad things they did to me. And they will know that I am the Lord, and that I spoke to them because of my strong love for them!” 14˻God said,˼ “˻Jerusalem,˼ I will destroy you—you will be nothing but a pile of rocks. The people around you will make fun of you. Every person that walks by will make fun of you. 15People around you will make fun of you, but you will also be a lesson for them. They will see that I was angry and punished you. I was very angry. I warned you. I, the Lord, told you what I would do! 16I told you I would send you terrible times of hunger. I told you I would send you things that would destroy you. I told you that I would take away your supply of food and that those times of hunger would come again and again. 17I told you I would send hunger and wild animals against you that would kill your children. I told you there would be disease and death everywhere in the city. I told you I would bring those enemy soldiers to fight against you. I, the Lord, told you all these things would happen—˻and they will happen˼!”

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