"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.