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Ezekiel 24:3-11

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24:3 Recite a proverb to this rebellious house 1  and say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:

“‘Set on the pot, 2  set it on,

pour water in it too;

24:4 add the pieces of meat to it,

every good piece,

the thigh and the shoulder;

fill it with choice bones.

24:5 Take the choice bone of the flock,

heap up bones under it;

boil rapidly,

and boil its bones in it.

24:6 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says:

Woe to the city of bloodshed,

the pot whose rot 3  is in it,

whose rot has not been removed 4  from it!

Empty it piece by piece.

No lot has fallen on it. 5 

24:7 For her blood was in it;

she poured it on an exposed rock;

she did not pour it on the ground to cover it up with dust.

24:8 To arouse anger, to take vengeance,

I have placed her blood on an exposed rock so that it cannot be covered up.

24:9 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says:

Woe to the city of bloodshed!

I will also make the pile high.

24:10 Pile up the bones, kindle the fire;

cook the meat well, mix in the spices,

let the bones be charred.

24:11 Set the empty pot on the coals, 6 

until it becomes hot and its copper glows,

until its uncleanness melts within it and its rot 7  is consumed.

1 sn The book of Ezekiel frequently refers to the Israelites as a rebellious house (Ezek 2:5, 6, 8; 3:9, 26-27; 12:2-3, 9, 25; 17:12; 24:3).

2 sn See Ezek 11:3-12.

3 tn Or “rust.”

4 tn Heb “has not gone out.”

5 tn Here “lot” may refer to the decision made by casting lots; it is not chosen at all.

6 tn Heb “set it upon its coals, empty.”

7 tn Or “rust” (so also in v. 12).



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