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Ezekiel 4 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "As for you, human being, take a clay slab, lay it down in front of you, and draw on it the city of Yerushalayim. 1 "Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.
2 Show it under siege - build towers against it, raise earthworks against it, set up camps against it, and surround it with battering rams. 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 Then take an iron griddle and put it in place as a wall of iron between yourself and the city, and fix your gaze on it - the city is under siege, and you are the one besieging it. This will be a sign for the house of Isra'el. 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 "Next, you are to lie on your left side, and have it bear the guilt of the house of Isra'el - for as many days as you lie on your side, you will bear their guilt. 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 am assigning you one day for each year of their guilt; thus you are to bear the guilt of the house of Isra'el for 390 days. 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 Then, when you have finished that, you are to lie on your right side and bear the guilt of the house of Y'hudah for forty days, each day corresponding to a year; this is what I am assigning 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 You are to fix your gaze on the siege of Yerushalayim, and, with your arm bared, prophesy against it. 7 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.
8 I am tying you down with ropes, and you are not to turn from one side to the other until you have completed the days of your siege. 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 "Take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and buckwheat; put them together in one bowl; and make bread from it. For as long as you lie on your side, 390 days, this is what you are to eat. 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 Each day the food you eat must weigh only three-quarters of a pound; you may eat it from time to time [during the day]. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.
11 You are also to drink a limited amount of water, two-thirds of a quart; you may drink it from time to time [during the day]. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.
12 [The bread] you eat is to be baked like barley cakes; you are to bake it before their eyes, using human dung as fuel." 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
13 ADONAI said, "This is how the people of Isra'el will eat their food - unclean - in 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 I objected: "No, Adonai ELOHIM! I have never defiled myself - from my youth until now I have never eaten anything that died by itself or was killed by wild animals; no such disgusting food has ever entered 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 He answered, "All right, I will give you cow dung to use instead of human dung, and you can prepare your bread on it." 15 "Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
16 He then said to me, "Human being, I am going to cut off the supply of bread in Yerushalayim, so that they will anxiously weigh out bread to eat, and, horrified, ration water to drink. 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 Finally, due to lack of bread and water, they will stare at each other in shock, wasting away because of their guilt." 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.