Jerusalem Will Be Destroyed1“And you, aO son of man, take a bsharp sword. Use it as ca barber’s razor and dpass it over your head and your beard. Then take balances for weighing and divide the hair. 2 eA third part you shall burn in the fire fin the midst of the city, gwhen the days of the siege are completed. And a third part you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city. hAnd a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and iI will unsheathe the sword after them. 3 jAnd you shall take from these a small number and bind them in the skirts of your robe. 4 kAnd of these again you shall take some and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will come out into all the house of Israel.
5“Thus says the Lord God: lThis is Jerusalem. I have set her min the center of the nations, with countries all around her. 6And she has rebelled against my rules by doing wickedness nmore than the nations, and against my statutes more than othe countries all around her; for they have rejected my rules and have not walked in my statutes. 7Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you are pmore turbulent than the nations that are all around you, qand have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, rand have not ▼
▼Some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac lack noteven acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you, 8therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, even I, tam against you. uAnd I will execute judgments ▼
▼The same Hebrew expression can mean obey rules, or execute judgments, depending on the contextin your midst win the sight of the nations. 9And because of all your abominations I will do with you xwhat I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again. 10Therefore yfathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. zAnd I will execute judgments on you, aaand any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds. 11Therefore, abas I live, declares the Lord God, surely, acbecause you have defiled my sanctuary adwith all your detestable things and with all your aeabominations, aftherefore I will withdraw. ▼
▼Some Hebrew manuscripts I will cut you downahMy eye will not spare, and I will have no pity. 12 aiA third part of you shall die of pestilence and be consumed with famine in your midst; aja third part shall fall by the sword all around you; akand a third part I will scatter to all the winds and will unsheathe the sword after them.
13 al“Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself. And they shall know that amI am the Lord—that I have spoken in my jealousy— anwhen I spend my fury upon them. 14Moreover, I will make you aoa desolation and apan object of reproach among aqthe nations all around you and in the sight of all who pass by. 15You shall be ▼
▼Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; Masoretic Text And it shall bea reproach and a taunt, a warning asand a horror, to atthe nations all around you, auwhen I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and avwith furious rebukes—I am the Lord; I have spoken— 16when I send against you ▼
▼Hebrew themaxthe deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon ayyou and break your supply ▼
▼Hebrew staffof bread. 17I will send famine and bawild beasts against you, bband they will rob you of your children. Pestilence and bcblood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword upon you. I am the Lord; I have spoken.”
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