"As for you, human being, take a clay slab, lay it down in front of you, and draw on it the city of Yerushalayim.
Show it under siege - build towers against it, raise earthworks against it, set up camps against it, and surround it with battering rams.
Then take an iron griddle and put it in place as a wall of iron between yourself and the city, and fix your gaze on it - the city is under siege, and you are the one besieging it. This will be a sign for the house of Isra'el.
"Next, you are to lie on your left side, and have it bear the guilt of the house of Isra'el - for as many days as you lie on your side, you will bear their guilt.
For I am assigning you one day for each year of their guilt; thus you are to bear the guilt of the house of Isra'el for 390 days.
Then, when you have finished that, you are to lie on your right side and bear the guilt of the house of Y'hudah for forty days, each day corresponding to a year; this is what I am assigning you.