Then lay siege against it: construct a siege wall, build a ramp, pitch military camps, and place battering rams against it on all sides.
Take an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between yourself and the city. Turn your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This will be a sign for the house of Israel.
You must turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem with your arm bared, and prophesy against it.
You are to burn up a third of it in the city when the days of the siege have ended; you are to take a third and slash it with the sword all around the city; and you are to scatter a third to the wind, for I will draw a sword to chase after them.
Woe to Ariel, Ariel,
the city where David camped!
Continue year after year;
let the festivals recur.
Warn the nations: Look!
Proclaim to Jerusalem:
Those who besiege are coming
from a distant land;
they raise their voices
against the cities of Judah.
Set them apart for war against her;
rise up, let’s attack at noon.
Woe to us, for the day is passing;
the evening shadows grow long.
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that its desolation has come near.
For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side.
Indeed, I am about to summon all the clans and kingdoms of the north.”This is the Lord’s declaration. They will come, and each king will set up his throne
at the entrance to Jerusalem’s gates.
They will attack all her surrounding walls
and all the other cities of Judah.
Daughter Zion is abandoned
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a shack in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
Gather up your belongings from the ground,
you who live under siege.
I will camp in a circle around you;
I will besiege you with earth ramps,
and I will set up my siege towers against you.
The answer marked Jerusalem appears in his right hand, indicating that he should set up battering rams, give the order to slaughter, raise a battle cry, set battering rams against the gates, build a ramp, and construct a siege wall.
Rise up, let’s attack by night.
Let us destroy her fortresses.”
Your best valleys were full of chariots,
and horsemen were positioned at the gates.
I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and they will eat each other’s flesh in the siege and distress that their enemies, those who want to take their life, inflict on them.
I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city.
“Look, I will make Jerusalem a cup that causes staggering for the peoples who surround the city. The siege against Jerusalem will also involve Judah.