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Ezekiel 4 (Lexham English Bible)

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Siege of Jerusalem Illustrated on a Brick

1 "Now,a son of man,b take for yourself a brick, and you must put it {before you},c and you must portray on it a city, Jerusalem. 2 And you must build against it siege works, and you must build against it [a] bulwark, and you must heap against it a siege ramp, and you must set up against it camps and put against it a battering ram all around. 3 And take for yourself a plate of iron, and you must place it [as] a wall of iron between you and the city, and you must set your face against it, and it must be {under siege},d and you must lay the siege against it; it is a sign for the house of Israel. 4 And you, lie down on your left side, and you must pute the guilt of the house of Israel on it. You will carry their guilt the number of days that you will lie on it. 5 And I will give to you the years of their guilt according to [the] number of [the] days, three hundred and ninety days, and you must bear the guiltf of the house of Israel. 6 When you have completed these, then you must lie a second [time] on your right side; and you must bear the guiltg of the house of Judah forty days, a day for each year, a day for each year I give it to you. 7 And toward the siege of Jerusalem you must set your face and your bared arm; then you must prophesy against it. 8 Nowh look! I [will] put on you cords, and you may not turn yourself from [one] side to your [other] side until you complete the days of your siege.

Ezekiel’s Strange Defiled Meal

9 "And you, take for yourselfi wheat and barley and beans and lentils and milletj and spelt, and you must put them in one vessel, and you must make them for yourselfk into a food [during] the number of days that you [are] lying on your side; three hundred and ninety days you shall eat it. 10 And your food that you will eatl [will be] according to weight; twenty shekels for each day {at fixed times}m you shall eat it. 11 And {an amount of water}n you shall drink, a sixth of a hin; {at fixed times}o you shall drink [it]. 12 And [as a] bread-cake of barley you shall eat it, and {with human excrement}p you shall bake it before their eyes." 13 And Yahweh said, "Thus shall the {Israelites}q eat their unclean food among the nations {where I will scatter them}."r 14 And I said, "Ah, Lord Yahweh! Look! I have not been defiling myself, and a dead body and mangled carcass I have not eaten from my childhood until now, and {unclean meat}s has not come into my mouth!" 15 And he said to me, "See I will give you {cattle manure}t in the place of the feces of a human, and you may prepare your food on it." 16 And he said to me, "Son of man,u look, I [am] going to break the {supply}v of bread in Jerusalem, and they will eat bread by weight, {anxiously},w and {rationed water},x and they will drink with horror, 17 so that they will lack food and water, and they will be appalled {with one another},y and they will waste away because of their guilt.z
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