13Thus said the Lord to me, Go and buy yourself a linen loincloth, and put it on your loins, but do not dip it in water. 2So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the Lord, and put it on my loins. 3And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, 4Take the loincloth that you bought and are wearing, and go now to the Euphrates,* and hide it there in a cleft of the rock. 5So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates,* as the Lord commanded me. 6And after many days the Lord said to me, Go now to the Euphrates,* and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there. 7Then I went to the Euphrates,* and dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. But now the loincloth was ruined; it was good for nothing.
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me:
9Thus says the Lord: Just so I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own will and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing.
11For as the loincloth clings to ones loins, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord, in order that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory. But they would not listen.
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10 February 2011