Ezekiel 12:1-16 NIV

The Exile Symbolized

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

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      2 "Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people.1 They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.2

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      3 "Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps3 they will understand,4 though they are a rebellious house.5

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      4 During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile. Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile.6

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      5 While they watch, dig through the wall7 and take your belongings out through it.

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      6 Put them on your shoulder as they are watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have made you a sign8 to the house of Israel."

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      7 So I did as I was commanded.9 During the day I brought out my things packed for exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands. I took my belongings out at dusk, carrying them on my shoulders while they watched.

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      8 In the morning the word of the LORD came to me:
      9 "Son of man, did not that rebellious house of Israel ask you, 'What are you doing?'10

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      10 "Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem and the whole house of Israel who are there.'
      11 Say to them, 'I am a sign11 to you.' "As I have done, so it will be done to them. They will go into exile as captives.12

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      12 "The prince among them will put his things on his shoulder at dusk13 and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land.14

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      13 I will spread my net15 for him, and he will be caught in my snare;16 I will bring him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans,17 but he will not see18 it, and there he will die.19

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      14 I will scatter to the winds all those around him--his staff and all his troops--and I will pursue them with drawn sword.20

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      15 "They will know that I am the LORD, when I disperse them among the nations21 and scatter them through the countries.

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      16 But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the LORD.22"

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