And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am HaShem.'
And the word of HaShem came unto me, saying:
'Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying: The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
Tell them therefore: Thus saith the L-rd GOD: I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them: The days are at hand, and the word of every vision.
For there shall be no more any vain vision nor smooth divination within the house of Israel.
For I am HaShem; I will speak, what word soever it be that I shall speak, and it shall be performed; it shall be no more delayed; for in your days, O rebellious house, will I speak the word, and will perform it, saith the L-rd GOD.'
Again the word of HaShem came to me, saying:
'Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say: The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of times that are far off.
Therefore say unto them: Thus saith the L-rd GOD: There shall none of My words be delayed any more, but the word which I shall speak shall be performed, saith the L-rd GOD.'