Under the parable of a boiling pot,
Ezekiel 24:1 And the word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, the tenth day of the month, saying: Ezekiel 24:2 Son of man, write thee the name of this day, on which the king of Babylon hath set himself against Jerusalem to day. Ezekiel 24:3 And thou shalt speak by a figure a parable to the provoking house, and say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Set on a pot, set it on, I say, and put water in it. Ezekiel 24:4 Heap together into it the pieces thereof, every good piece, the thigh and the shoulder, choice pieces and full of bones. Ezekiel 24:5 Take the fattest of the flock, and lay together piles of bones under it: the seething thereof is boiling hot, and the bones thereof are thoroughly sodden in the midst of it.
is shewed the irrevocable destruction of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 24:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose rust is in it, and its rust is not gone out of it: cast it out piece by piece, there hath no lot fallen upon it. Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her, she hath shed it upon the smooth rock: she hath not shed it upon the ground, that it might be covered with dust. Ezekiel 24:8 And that I might bring my indignation upon her, and take my vengeance: I have shed her blood upon the smooth rock, that it should not be covered. Ezekiel 24:9 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city, of which I will make a great bonfire. Ezekiel 24:10 Heap together the bones, which I will burn with fire: the flesh shall be consumed, and the whole composition shall be sodden, and the bones shall be consumed. Ezekiel 24:11 Then set it empty upon burning coals, that it may be hot, and the brass thereof may be melted: and let the filth of it be melted in the midst thereof, and let the rust of it be consumed. Ezekiel 24:12 Great pains have been taken, and the great rust thereof is not gone out, not even by fire. Ezekiel 24:13 Thy uncleanness is execrable: because I desired to cleanse thee, and thou art not cleansed from thy filthiness: neither shalt thou be cleansed, before I cause my indignation to rest in thee. Ezekiel 24:14 I the Lord have spoken: it shall come to pass, and I will do it: I will not pass by, nor spare, nor be pacified: I will judge thee according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, saith the Lord.
By the sign of Ezekiel not mourning for the death of his wife,
Ezekiel 24:15 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Ezekiel 24:16 Son of man, behold I take from thee the desire of thy eyes with a stroke, and thou shall not lament, nor weep; neither shall thy tears run down. Ezekiel 24:17 Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead: let the tire of thy head be upon thee, and thy shoes on thy feet, and cover not thy face, nor eat the meat of mourners. Ezekiel 24:18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening: and I did in the morning as he had commanded me.
is shewed the calamity of the Jews to be beyond all sorrow.
Ezekiel 24:19 And the people said to me: Why dost thou not tell us what these things mean that thou doest? Ezekiel 24:20 And I said to them: The word of the Lord came to me, saying: Ezekiel 24:21 Speak to the house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will profane my sanctuary, the glory of your realm, and the thing that your eyes desire, and for which your soul feareth: your sons, and your daughters, whom you have left, shall fall by the sword. Ezekiel 24:22 And you shall do as I have done: you shall not cover your faces, nor shall you eat the meat of mourners. Ezekiel 24:23 You shall have crowns on your heads, and shoes on your feet: you shall not lament nor weep, but you shall pine away for your iniquities, and every one shall sigh with his brother. Ezekiel 24:24 And Ezechiel shall be unto you for a sign of things to come: according to all that he hath done, so shall you do, when this shall come to pass: and you shall know that I am the Lord God. Ezekiel 24:25 And thou, O son of man, behold in the day wherein I will take away from them their strength, and the joy of their glory, and the desire of their eyes, upon which their souls rest, their sons and their daughters. Ezekiel 24:26 In that day when he that escapeth shall come to thee, to tell thee: Ezekiel 24:27 In that day, I say, shall thy mouth be opened to him that hath escaped, and thou shalt speak, and shalt be silent no more: and thou shalt be unto them for a sign of things to come, and you shall know that I am the Lord.