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Ezekiel 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:1 - “And you, son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:2 - And put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it all around.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:3 - And you, take an iron griddle, and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; and set your face toward it, and let it be in a state of siege, and press the siege against it. This is a sign for the house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:4 - “Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment[fn] of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their punishment.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:5 - For I assign to you a number of days, 390 days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment. So long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:6 - And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah. Forty days I assign you, a day for each year.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:7 - And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, with your arm bared, and you shall prophesy against the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:8 - And behold, I will place cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, till you have completed the days of your siege.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:9 - “And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer,[fn] and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:10 - And your food that you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels[fn] a day; from day to day[fn] you shall eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:11 - And water you shall drink by measure, the sixth part of a hin;[fn] from day to day you shall drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:12 - And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it in their sight on human dung.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:13 - And the LORD said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:14 - Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never defiled myself.[fn] From my youth up till now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has tainted meat come into my mouth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:15 - Then he said to me, “See, I assign to you cow’s dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:16 - Moreover, he said to me, “Son of man, behold, I will break the supply[fn] of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water by measure and in dismay.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:17 - I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and look at one another in dismay, and rot away because of their punishment.
ESV Footnotes
Or iniquity; also verses 5, 6, 17
A type of wheat
A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
Or at a set time daily; also verse 11
A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
Hebrew my soul (or throat) has never been made unclean
Hebrew staff

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