Ezekiel 7:10 & 11
"'See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed! Violence has arisen, a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, none of that crowd - none of their wealth, nothing of value.'" NIV translation
This verse calls to mind the budding of Aaron's staff that God used as a sign to the rebellious people (see Numbers 17). In that case, Aaron's rod produced almonds and throughout Scripture almonds are a reminder of God's watchfulness. In this case, the rod has produced arrogance which is at the heart of sin. The people did not believe that God would judge them because of the fact that they were the "chosen people". Here, the people are reminded that God sees the arrogance and that He has punished rebellion in the past. They are also reminded that the punishment is not based on one's standing in society as it will fall on the rich as well as the poor.