Ezekiel 4

CHAPTER 4

The Sign of the Brick and Frying Pan

And you, O son of man, take unto yourself a brick! and you shall put it before your face,; and you shall diagram upon it the city of Jerusalem. And you shall put [2against 3it 1an encompassment about]; and you shall build [2against 3it 1battlements]; and you shall put around upon it a siege mound; and you shall put [2upon 3it 1camps], and shall order the range of weapons round about. And you, take to yourself a frying pan of iron! And you shall make it a wall of iron between you and between the city. And you shall prepare your face against it, and it will be for a siege, and you shall besiege it. [2is a sign 1This] to the sons of Israel.

The Siege of Jerusalem Portrayed

And you shall go to sleep upon [3side 1your 2left], and you shall put the iniquities of the house of Israel upon it, according to the number of the days which you shall sleep upon it. And you shall take their iniquities. And I have appointed to you the two things for their iniquities for a number of days -- ninety and three hundred days; and you shall take the iniquities of the house of Israel. And you shall complete these, and then go to sleep upon [3side 1your 2right], and you shall take the iniquities of the house of Judah -- forty days; a day for a year is established to you. And for the siege of Jerusalem you shall prepare your face, and [2your arm 1you shall stiffen], and you shall prophesy against it. And I, behold, I have appointed for you bonds, and you shall not be turned from your one side unto your other side, until of which time [4should be completed 1the 2days 3of your siege].

The Famine Portrayed

And you, take to yourself wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and wild oats! And put them into [3container 1one 2earthenware], and make them [3for yourself 1into 2bread loaves]! And according to the number of the days which you slept upon your side -- ninety and three hundred days -- you shall eat them. 10 And your food which you shall eat by weight is twenty shekels a day; from time to time you shall eat them. 11 And [2water 3by 4measure 1you shall drink]; the sixth of the hin [2from 3time 4to 5time 1you shall drink]. 12 And a cake baked in hot ashes of barley -- you shall eat them baked in dung, [3of the dung 4of a human 1you shall hide 2them in the coals] before their eyes. 13 Thus says the  lord God of Israel; So shall [4eat 1the 2sons 3of Israel] unclean among the nations which I cast them. 14 And I said, By no means, O  lord God of Israel, since my soul has not been defiled in uncleanness; and [3decaying flesh 4and 5that taken by wild beasts 1I have not 2eaten] from my birth until the present; nor has [4entered 5into 6my mouth 1any 3meat 2profane]. 15 And he said to me, Behold, I give to you dung of oxen instead of the dung of humans, and you shall make bread loaves upon them. 16 And he said to me, O son of man, behold, I shall break the reliance of bread in Jerusalem, and they shall eat bread by weight and in lack; and [2water 3by 4measure 5and 6unto 7extinction 1they shall drink]; 17 so that [2lacking 1they should be] of bread and water; and [4shall be obliterated 1a man 2and 3his brother]; and they shall melt away in their iniquities.
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