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Ezekiel 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Sign of the Coming Siege
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:1 - “And now, son of man, take a large clay brick and set it down in front of you. Then draw a map of the city of Jerusalem on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:2 - Show the city under siege. Build a wall around it so no one can escape. Set up the enemy camp, and surround the city with siege ramps and battering rams.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:3 - Then take an iron griddle and place it between you and the city. Turn toward the city and demonstrate how harsh the siege will be against Jerusalem. This will be a warning to the people of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:4 - “Now lie on your left side and place the sins of Israel on yourself. You are to bear their sins for the number of days you lie there on your side.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:5 - I am requiring you to bear Israel’s sins for 390 days—one day for each year of their sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:6 - After that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days—one day for each year of Judah’s sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:7 - “Meanwhile, keep staring at the siege of Jerusalem. Lie there with your arm bared and prophesy her destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:8 - I will tie you up with ropes so you won’t be able to turn from side to side until the days of your siege have been completed.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:9 - “Now go and get some wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and emmer wheat, and mix them together in a storage jar. Use them to make bread for yourself during the 390 days you will be lying on your side.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:10 - Ration this out to yourself, eight ounces[fn] of food for each day, and eat it at set times.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:11 - Then measure out a jar[fn] of water for each day, and drink it at set times.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:12 - Prepare and eat this food as you would barley cakes. While all the people are watching, bake it over a fire using dried human dung as fuel and then eat the bread.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:13 - Then the LORD said, “This is how Israel will eat defiled bread in the Gentile lands to which I will banish them!”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:14 - Then I said, “O Sovereign LORD, must I be defiled by using human dung? For I have never been defiled before. From the time I was a child until now I have never eaten any animal that died of sickness or was killed by other animals. I have never eaten any meat forbidden by the law.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:15 - “All right,” the LORD said. “You may bake your bread with cow dung instead of human dung.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:16 - Then he told me, “Son of man, I will make food very scarce in Jerusalem. It will be weighed out with great care and eaten fearfully. The water will be rationed out drop by drop, and the people will drink it with dismay.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 4:17 - Lacking food and water, people will look at one another in terror, and they will waste away under their punishment.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew 20 shekels [228 grams].
Hebrew 1/6 of a hin [about 1 pint or 0.6 liters].

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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