Bible: Ezekiel 5:1-12

5:1As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor. 1  Shave off some of the hair from your head and your beard. 2  Then take scales and divide up the hair you cut off. 5:2 Burn a third of it in the fire inside the city when the days of your siege are completed. Take a third and slash it with a sword all around the city. Scatter a third to the wind, and I will unleash a sword behind them. 5:3 But take a few strands of hair 3  from those and tie them in the ends of your garment. 4  5:4 Again, take more of them and throw them into the fire, 5  and burn them up. From there a fire will spread to all the house of Israel.

5:5This is what the sovereign Lord says: This is Jerusalem; I placed her in the center of the nations with countries all around her. 5:6 Then she defied my regulations and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations 6  and the countries around her. 7  Indeed, they 8  have rejected my regulations, and they do not follow my statutes.

5:7Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: Because you are more arrogant 9  than the nations around you, 10  you have not followed my statutes and have not carried out my regulations. You have not even 11  carried out the regulations of the nations around you!

5:8Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: I – even I – am against you, 12  and I will execute judgment 13  among you while the nations watch. 14  5:9 I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again because of all your abominable practices. 15  5:10 Therefore fathers will eat their sons within you, Jerusalem, 16  and sons will eat their fathers. I will execute judgments on you, and I will scatter any survivors 17  to the winds. 18 

5:11Therefore, as surely as I live, says the sovereign Lord, because you defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominable practices, I will withdraw; my eye will not pity you, nor will I spare 19  you. 5:12 A third of your people will die of plague or be overcome by the famine within you. 20  A third of your people will fall by the sword surrounding you, 21  and a third I will scatter to the winds. I will unleash a sword behind them.

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