Ezekiel Dramatizes the Exile

1 The word of the Lord came to me:
2 "Son of man, you are living among a rebellious house. They have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear,a for they are a rebellious house.b
3 "Son of man, pack your bags for exile and go into exile in their sight during the day. You will go into exile from your place to another place while they watch; perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house.
4 During the day, bring out your bags like an exile's bags while they look on. Then in the evening go out in their sight like those going into exile.
5 As they watch, dig through the wall and take the [bags] out through it.
6 And while they look on, lift [the bags] to [your] shoulder and take [them] out in the dark; cover your face so that you cannot see the land. For I have made you a sign to the house of Israel."
7 So I did just as I was commanded. I brought out my bags like an exile's bags in the daytime. In the evening I dug through the wall by hand; I took [them] out in the dark, carrying [them] on my shoulder in their sight.
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me in the morning:
9 "Son of man, hasn't the house of Israel, that rebellious house, asked you: What are you doing?
10 Say to them: This is what the Lord God says: This oracle is about the princec in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are living there.d
11 You are to say: I am a sign for you. Just as I have done, so it will be done to them; they will go into exile, into captivity.
12 The prince who is among them will lift [his bags] to his shoulder in the dark and go out. Theye will dig through the wall to bring [him] out through it. He will cover his face so he cannot see the land with his eyes.f
13 But I will spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, yet he will not see it, and he will die there.
14 I will also scatter all the attendants who surround him and all his troops to every direction of the wind, and I will draw a sword [to chase] after them.
15 They will know that I am the Lord when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries.
16 But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine, and plague so they can tell about all their abominations among the nations where they go. Then they will know that I am the Lord."