Ezekiel 4 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And you, son of man, take a back and put it before you and on it make a picture of a town, even Jerusalem. 1 "Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.
2 And make an attack on it, shutting it in, building strong places against it, and making high an earthwork against it; and put up tents against it, placing engines all round it for smashing down its walls. 2 Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it.
3 And take a flat iron plate, and put it for a wall of iron between you and the town: and let your face be turned to it, and it will be shut in and you will make an attack on it. This will be a sign to the children of Israel. 3 Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel.
4 Then, stretching yourself out on your left side, take the sin of the children of Israel on yourself: for as long as you are stretched out, so long will the sin of the children of Israel be on you. 4 "Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.
5 For I have had the years of their sin measured for you by a number of days, even three hundred and ninety days: and you will take on yourself the sin of the children of Israel. 5 I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel.
6 And when these days are ended, turning on your right side, you are to take on yourself the sin of the children of Judah: forty days, a day for a year, I have had it fixed for you. 6 "After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.
7 And let your face be turned to where Jerusalem is shut in, with your arm uncovered, and be a prophet against it. 7 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.
8 And see, I will put bands on you; and you will be stretched out without turning from one side to the other till the days of your attack are ended. 8 I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your siege.
9 And take for yourself wheat and barley and different sorts of grain, and put them in one vessel and make bread for yourself from them; all the days when you are stretched on your side it will be your food. 9 "Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.
10 And you are to take your food by weight, twenty shekels a day: you are to take it at regular times. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.
11 And you are to take water by measure, the sixth part of a hin: you are to take it at regular times. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.
12 And let your food be barley cakes, cooking it before their eyes with the waste which comes out of a man. 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
13 And the Lord said, Even so the children of Israel will have unclean bread for their food among the nations where I am driving them. 13 The LORD said, "In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them."
14 Then I said, Ah, Lord! see, my soul has never been unclean, and I have never taken as my food anything which has come to a natural death or has been broken by beasts, from the time when I was young even till now; no disgusting flesh has ever come into my mouth. 14 Then I said, "Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth."
15 Then he said to me, See, I have given you cow's waste in place of man's waste, and you will make your bread ready on it. 15 "Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
16 And he said to me, Son of man, see, I will take away from Jerusalem her necessary bread: they will take their bread by weight and with care, measuring out their drinking-water with fear and wonder: 16 He then said to me: "Son of man, I will cut off the supply of food in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair,
17 So that they may be in need of bread and water and be wondering at one another, wasting away in their sin. 17 for food and water will be scarce. They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin.