Ezekiel 5
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1“As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword, use it as a barber’s razor, and shave your head and beard. Then take a set of scales and divide the hair.1"Now you, son of man, take a sharp sword, use it as you would a barber's razor, and shave your head and beard. Then take a set of scales and divide the hair.
2When the days of the siege have ended, you are to burn up a third of the hair inside the city; you are also to take a third and slash it with the sword all around the city; and you are to scatter a third to the wind. For I will unleash a sword behind them.2You are to burn a third of it in the city when the days of the siege have ended; you are to take a third and slash it with the sword all around the city; and you are to scatter a third to the wind, for I will draw a sword to chase after them.
3But you are to take a few strands of hair and secure them in the folds of your garment.3But you are to take a few strands from the hair and secure them in the folds of your robe.
4Again, take a few of these, throw them into the fire, and burn them. From there a fire will spread to the whole house of Israel.4Take some more of them, throw them into the fire, and burn them in it. A fire will spread from it to the whole house of Israel.
5This is what the Lord GOD says: ’This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.5"This is what the Lord GOD says: I have set this Jerusalem in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
6But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations, and against My statutes worse than the countries around her. For her people have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.’6She has rebelled against my ordinances with more wickedness than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries that surround her. For her people have rejected my ordinances and have not walked in my statutes.
7Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: ’You have been more insubordinate than the nations around you; you have not walked in My statutes or kept My ordinances; nor have you even conformed to the ordinances of the nations around you.’7"Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: Because you have been more insubordinate than the nations around you--you have not walked in my statutes or kept my ordinances; you have not even kept the ordinances of the nations around you--
8Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: ’Behold, I Myself am against you, Jerusalem, and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations.8therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: See, I myself am against you, Jerusalem, and I will execute judgments within you in the sight of the nations.
9Because of all your abominations, I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again.9Because of all your detestable practices, I will do to you what I have never done before and what I will never do again.
10As a result, fathers among you will eat their sons, and sons will eat their fathers. I will execute judgments against you and scatter all your remnant to every wind.’10As a result, fathers will eat their sons within Jerusalem, and sons will eat their fathers. I will execute judgments against you and scatter all your survivors to every direction of the wind.
11Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and abominations, I Myself will withdraw My favor; I will not look upon you with pity, nor will I spare you.11"Therefore, as I live"--this is the declaration of the Lord GOD--"I will withdraw and show you no pity, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your abhorrent acts and detestable practices. Yes, I will not spare you.
12A third of your people will die by plague or be consumed by famine within you, a third will fall by the sword outside your walls, and a third I will scatter to every wind and unleash a sword behind them.12A third of your people will die by plague and be consumed by famine within you; a third will fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter a third to every direction of the wind, and I will draw a sword to chase after them.
13And when My anger is spent and I have vented My wrath against them, I will be appeased. And when I have spent My wrath on them, they will know that I, the LORD, in My zeal have spoken.13When my anger is spent and I have vented my wrath on them, I will be appeased. Then after I have spent my wrath on them, they will know that I, the LORD, have spoken in my jealousy.
14I will make you a ruin and a disgrace among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by.14"I will make you a ruin and a disgrace among the nations around you, in the sight of everyone who passes by.
15So you will be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror to the nations around you, when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath, and raging fury. I, the LORD, have spoken.15So you will be a disgrace and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations around you when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath, and furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.
16When I shower you with the deadly arrows of famine and destruction that I will send to destroy you, I will intensify the famine against you and cut off your supply of bread.16When I shoot deadly arrows of famine at them, arrows for destruction that I will send to destroy you, inhabitants of Jerusalem, I will intensify the famine against you and cut off your supply of bread.
17I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring a sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken.”17I will send famine and dangerous animals against you. They will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring a sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken."
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