Yahweh, via Ezekiel, was upset that the thick rust did not leave the pot, even with all the burning fire. Yahweh had tried to cleanse them of their filthy lewdness, but they did not come clean from this dirt. Yahweh then said that he was not going to clean them again until his fury was satisfied.
Yahweh wanted Ezekiel to proclaim an allegory to the rebellious house of Jerusalem. However, he was already exiled in Babylon. This allegory was about a boiling pot of meat. Ezekiel was to put water in the pot with good pieces of meat, especially the thigh and shoulder from the best in the flock. He was also to include the choice bones from this animal. Then he was to pile logs under the pot. Finally, he was to let the meat and the bones boil in this pot.
This oracle of Yahweh continues with the theme of the dead in Jerusalem. Using the earlier proverb about the meat in the pot, Yahweh explains that the dead people are the meat and the pot is the city. They will be taken out of the pot or the city. However, the sword or death would come upon them anyway. Cleary Yahweh God has spoken.
This Spirit of Yahweh spoke to Ezekiel. As in chapter 8, these 25 men were full of iniquity. They gave wicked advice in the city of Jerusalem. They even cited a proverb that it was not time to build houses. They were the meat to be cooked in the pot of Jerusalem. This Holy Spirit wanted Ezekiel, the son of man, to prophesize against these evil men.