Ezekiel 4 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Now, human, get yourself a brick, put it in front of you, and draw a map of Jerusalem on it. 1 "Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.
2 Then surround it with an army. Build battle works against the city and a dirt road to the top of the city walls. Set up camps around it, and put heavy logs in place to break down the 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 Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up like an iron wall between you and the city. Turn your face toward the city as if to attack it and then attack. This is a sign to 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 lie down on your left side, and take the guilt of Israel on yourself. Their guilt will be on you for the number of days you lie on your left side. 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 I have given you the same number of days as the years of the people's sin. So you will have the guilt of Israel's sin on you for three hundred ninety 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 "After you have finished these three hundred ninety days, lie down a second time, on your right side. You will then have the guilt of Judah on you. I will give it to you for forty days, a day for each year of their sin. 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 Then you will look toward Jerusalem, which is being attacked. With your arm bare, you will prophesy against Jerusalem. 7 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.
8 I will put ropes on you so you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have finished the days of your attack on Jerusalem. 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, small peas, and millet seeds, and put them in one bowl, and make them into bread for yourself. You will eat it the three hundred ninety days you lie on your side. 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 You will eat eight ounces of food every day at set times. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.
11 You will drink about two-thirds of a quart of water every day at set times. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.
12 Eat your food as you would eat a barley cake, baking it over human dung where the people can see." 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
13 Then the Lord said, "In the same way Israel will eat unclean food among the nations where I force them to go." 13 The LORD said, "In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them."
14 But I said, "No, Lord God! I have never been made unclean. From the time I was young until now I've never eaten anything that died by itself or was torn by animals. Unclean meat has never 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 "Very well," he said. "Then I will give you cow's dung instead of human dung to use for your fire to bake your bread." 15 "Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
16 He also said to me, "Human, I am going to cut off the supply of bread to Jerusalem. They will eat the bread that is measured out to them, and they will worry as they eat. They will drink water that is measured out to them, and they will be in shock as they drink it. 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 This is because bread and water will be hard to find. The people will be shocked at the sight of each other, and they will become weak because of 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.