Ezekiel 4

Jerusalem’s Siege Dramatized

1“Now you, son of man, take a brick, set it in front of you, and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. 2Then lay siege against it: a construct a siege wall, build a ramp, pitch military camps, and place battering rams against it on all sides. 3 Take an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between yourself and the city. Turn your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This will be a sign for the house of Israel. b

4“Then lie down on your left side and place the iniquity
Or punishment
of the house of Israel on it. You will bear their iniquity for the number of days you lie on your side.
5For I have assigned you the years of their iniquity according to the number of days you lie down, 390 days; so you will bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. d 6When you have completed these days, lie down again, but on your right side, and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year. 7You must turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem with your arm bared, and prophesy against it. 8Be aware that I will put cords on you so you cannot turn from side to side until you have finished the days of your siege. e

9“Also take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt. Put them in a single container and make them into bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the number of days you lie on your side, 390 days. 10The food you eat each day will be eight ounces
Lit 20 shekels
by weight; you will eat it from time to time.
Or it at set times
11You are also to drink water by measure, a sixth of a gallon,
Lit hin
which you will drink from time to time.
12You will eat it as you would a barley cake and bake it over dried human excrement in their sight.” 13The Lord said, “This is how the Israelites will eat their bread – ceremonially
unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
unclean – among the nations where I will banish them.” j

14But I said, “Oh, Lord God, I have never been defiled. From my youth until now I have not eaten anything that died naturally or was mauled by wild beasts. k And impure meat has never entered my mouth.” l

15He replied to me, “Look, I will let you use cow dung instead of human excrement, and you can make your bread over that.” 16Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am going to cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem. m They will anxiously eat bread rationed by weight and in dread drink water by measure. n 17 So they will lack bread and water; everyone will be devastated and waste away because of their iniquity. o
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