Ezekiel 5

Jerusalem’s Desolation Foretold

1As for you, son of man, take a a  sharp sword; take and
Lit make it pass over your head
use it as a barber’s razor on your head and beard. Then take c  scales for weighing and divide
Lit them
the hair.
2One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the e  days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around
Lit it
the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind; and I will g  unsheathe a sword behind them.
3Take also a few in number from
Lit there
them and bind them in the edges of your robes.
4Take again some of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire; from it a fire will
Lit go out
spread to all the house of Israel.

5Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, ‘This is k  Jerusalem; I have set her at the l  center of the nations, with lands around her.
6But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes m  more than the lands which surround her; for they have n  rejected My ordinances and have not walked
Lit in them, My statutes
in My statutes.’
7Therefore, thus says the Lord  God, ‘Because you have p  more turmoil than the nations which surround you and have not walked in My statutes, nor observed My ordinances, nor observed the ordinances of the nations which surround you,’ 8therefore, thus says the Lord  God, ‘Behold, I, even I, am q  against you, and I will r  execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations. 9And because of all your abominations, I will do among you what I have s  not done, and the like of which I will never do again. 10Therefore, t  fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers; for I will execute judgments on you and u  scatter all your remnant to every wind. 11So as I live,’ declares the Lord  God, ‘surely, because you have v  defiled My sanctuary with all your w  detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will also withdraw, and My eye will have no pity and I will not spare. 12One third of you will die by x  plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will y  scatter to every wind, and I will z  unsheathe a sword behind them.

13Thus My anger will be spent and I will
Lit cause to rest
satisfy My wrath on them, and I will be
Lit comforted
ac  appeased; then they will know that I, the  Lord, have ad  spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them.
14Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a ae  reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by. 15‘So
Ancient versions read you
it will be a reproach, a reviling, a ag  warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I ah  execute judgments against you in anger, wrath and raging rebukes. I, the  Lord, have spoken.
16When I send against them the
Lit evil
deadly arrows of famine which
Or are for destruction, which I will send
were for the destruction of those whom I will send to destroy you, then I will also intensify the famine upon you and break the staff of bread.
17‘Moreover, ak  I will send on you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you of children; al  plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the  Lord, have spoken.’”
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