1 “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, and you shall pass it over your head and your beard. And you shall take scales to weigh and divide the hair.

2 “Burn with fire one-third in the midst of the city when the days of the siege are completed. And you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and scatter one-third in the wind. And I shall draw out a sword after them.

3 “And you shall take a few from there and bind them in the edge of your garment.

4 “And take again some of them, and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire. From it a fire shall spread unto all the house of Yisra’ĕl.

5 “Thus said the Aḏon 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, ‘This is Yerushalayim which I have placed in the midst of the gentiles, with the lands all around her.

6 ‘But she rebelled against My Right-Rulings, doing wickedness, more than the gentiles, and My Laws more than the lands all around her. For they have rejected My Right-Rulings, and they have not walked in My Laws.’

7 “Therefore thus said the Aḏon 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, ‘Because you have rebelled more than the gentiles all around you, and have not walked in My Laws, nor done My Right-Rulings, nor even done according to the right-rulings of the gentiles all around you,’

8 therefore thus said the Aḏon 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, ‘Look I Myself am against you and shall execute judgments in your midst before the eyes of the gentiles.

9 ‘And I shall do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I never do again, because of all your abominations.

10 ‘Therefore fathers are going to eat their sons in your midst, and sons eat their fathers. And I shall execute judgments among you and scatter all your remnant to all the winds.

11 ‘Therefore, as I live,’ declares the Aḏon 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, ‘because you have defiled My Miqdash with all your filthiness and with all your abominations, therefore I also withdraw. And My eye shall not pardon, nor shall I spare.

12 ‘One-third of you shall die of pestilence, and be consumed with scarcity of food in your midst. And one-third shall fall by the sword all around you. And I shall scatter another third to all the winds, and draw out a sword after them.

13 ‘And My displeasure shall be completed. And I shall bring My wrath to rest upon them, and I shall be eased. And they shall know that I, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, have spoken it in My ardour, when I have completed My wrath upon them.

14 ‘And I shall make you a waste and a reproach among the gentiles that are all around you, before the eyes of all who pass by.

15 ‘And it shall be a reproach, an object of scorn, a warning, and an astonishment to the gentiles that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in displeasure and in wrath and in heated chastisements. I, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, have spoken.

16 ‘When I send against them the evil arrows of scarcity of food which shall be for their destruction, which I send to destroy you, I shall increase the scarcity of food upon you and cut off your supply of bread.

17 ‘And I shall send against you scarcity of food and evil beasts, and they shall bereave you. And pestilence and blood shall pass through you, while I bring the sword against you. I, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, have spoken.’ ”