Then the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
2"Son of man, you live in the 1midst of the 2rebellioushouse, who3have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellioushouse.
"Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight; even go into exile from your place to anotherplace in their sight. 4Perhaps they will aunderstandthough they are a rebellioushouse.
4"Bring your baggage out by day in their sight, as baggage for exile. Then you will go out 5at evening in their sight, as those going into exile.
5"Dig a hole through the wall in their sight and bgo out through it.
6"Load the baggage on your shoulder in their sight and carry it out in the dark. You shall 6cover your face so that you cannotsee the land, for I have set you as a 7sign to the house of Israel."
I 8didso, as I had been commanded. By day I 9brought out my baggage like the baggage of an exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands; I went out in the dark and carried the baggage on my shoulder in their sight.
In the morning the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
9"Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the 10rebellioushouse, said to you, '11What are you doing?'
10"Say to them, 'Thussays the LordcGOD, "Thisd12burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem as well as all the house of Israelwho are ein it."'
11"Say, 'I am fa 13sign to you. As I have done, so it will be done to them; they will 14go into exile, into captivity.'
"The 15princewho is among them will load his baggage on his shoulder in the dark and go out. gThey will dig a hole through the wall to bring it out. He will cover his faceso that he can not see the land with his eyes.
"I will also spread My 16netover him, and he will be caught in My snare. And I will bring him to Babylon in the land of the Chaldeans; yet he will 17not see it, though he will diethere.
"I will 18scatter to everywindallwho are around him, his helpers and all his troops; and I will draw out a swordafter them.
"So they will 19know that I am the LORD when I scatter them among the nations and spread them among the countries.
"But I will hspare a few of them from the 20sword, the famine and the pestilence that they may tellall their abominations among the nationswhere they go, and imay 21know that I am the LORD."