"Now you son of man, 1get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem.
"Then 2laysiegeagainst it, build a siegewall, araise up a ramp, pitchcamps and placebatteringramsagainst it allaround.
"Then get yourself an ironplate and set it up as an ironwallbetween you and the city, and set your facetoward it so that 3it is under siege, and besiege it. This is a 4sign to the house of Israel.
"As for you, liedown on your leftside and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; you shall 5bear their iniquity for the number of days that you lie on it.
"For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, threehundred and ninetydays ; thus 6you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
"When you have completedthese, you shall liedown a secondtime, but on your rightside and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah ; I have assigned it to you for fortydays, a day for 7each year.
"Then you shall set your facetoward the siege of Jerusalem with your armbared and 8prophesyagainst it.
"Now behold, I will 9putropes on you so that you cannotturn from one side to the otheruntil you have completed the days of your siege.
"But as for you, takewheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and 10spelt, put them in onevessel and make them into bread for yourself; you shall eat it according to the number of the days that you lie on your side, threehundred and ninetydays.
"Your foodwhich you eat shall be 11twentyshekels a day by weight ; you shall eat it from time to time.
"The water you drink shall be the sixthpart of a hin by measure ; you shall drink it from time to time.
"You shall eat it as a barleycake, having baked it in their sight over human12dung ."
Then the LORDsaid, "Thus will the sons of Israeleat their bread13unclean among the nationswhere I will banish them."
But I said, "14Ah, LordbGOD ! Behold, I have 15neverbeendefiled ; for from my youthuntilnow I have nevereatenwhat16died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any 17uncleanmeat ever entered my mouth."
Then He said to me, "See, I will give you cow'sdung in place of humandungover which you will prepare your bread."
Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, behold, I am going to 18break the staff of bread in Jerusalem, and they will eatbread by 19weight and with anxiety, and drinkwater by 20measure and in horror,
17becausebread and water will be scarce ; and they will be appalled with oneanother and 21wasteaway in their iniquity.