Ezekiel 24

The Corroded Cooking Pot

1On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of our exile, the Lord spoke to me. 2 “Mortal man,” he said, “write down today's date, because this is the day that the king of Babylonia is beginning the siege of Jerusalem. 3Tell my rebellious people this parable that I, the Sovereign Lord, have for them:

Set the pot on the fire

and fill it up with water.

4Put in the best pieces of meat—

the shoulders and the legs—

fill it with choice bony pieces too.

5Use the meat of the finest sheep;

pile the wood under the pot.

Let the water boil;

boil the bones and the meat.”

6This is what the Sovereign Lord is saying: “The city of murderers is doomed! It is like a corroded pot that is never cleaned. Piece after piece of meat is taken out, and not one is left. 7There was murder in the city, but the blood was not spilled on the ground