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

5 "Thus says the Lord GOD , 'This is Jerusalem ; I have set her at the center of the nations , with lands around her. 6 'But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes more than the lands which surround her; for they have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes .' 7 "Therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , 'Because you have 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,' 8 therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , 'Behold , I, even I, am against you, and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations . 9 'And because of all your abominations , I will do among you what I have not done , and the like of which I will never do again . 10 'Therefore , fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers ; for I will execute judgments on you and scatter all your remnant to every wind . 11 'So as I live ,' declares the Lord GOD , 'surely e , because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominations , therefore I will also withdraw , and My eye will have no pity and I will not spare . 12 'One third of you will die by plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will scatter to every wind , and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. 13 'Thus My anger will be spent and I will satisfy My wrath on them, and I will be appeased ; then they will know that I, the Lord , have spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them. 14 'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by. 15 'So it will be a reproach , a reviling , a warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I execute judgments against you in anger , wrath and raging rebukes . I, the Lord , have spoken . 16 'When I send against them the deadly arrows of famine which 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, I will send on you famine and wild beasts , and they will bereave you of children ; plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the Lord , have spoken .' "