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Ezekiel 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "And now, son of man, take a large brick and set it down in front of you. Then draw a map of the city 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 Build siege ramps against the city walls. Surround it with enemy camps and 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 place it between you and the city. Turn toward it and demonstrate how the enemy will attack Jerusalem. This will be a warning to the people 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 "Now lie on your left side and place the sins of Israel on yourself. You are to bear their sins for the number of days you lie there on your 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 You will bear Israel's sins for 390 days -- one day for each year of their sin. 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 that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days -- one day for each year of Judah's 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 "Meanwhile, continue your demonstration of the siege of Jerusalem. Lie there with your arm bared and prophesy her destruction. 7 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.
8 I will tie you up with ropes so you won't be able to turn from side to side until the days of your siege have been completed." 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 "Now go and get some wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, and mix them together in a storage jar. Use this food to make bread for yourself during the 390 days you will be lying 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 Ration this out to yourself, eight ounces of food for each day, and eat it at set times. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.
11 Then measure out a jar of water for each day, and drink it at set times. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.
12 Each day prepare your bread as you would barley cakes. While all the people are watching, bake it over a fire using dried human dung as fuel and then eat the bread. 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
13 For this is what the LORD says: Israel will eat defiled bread in the Gentile lands, where I will banish 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, "O Sovereign LORD, must I be defiled by using human dung? For I have never been defiled before. From the time I was a child until now I have never eaten any animal that died of sickness or that I found dead. And I have never eaten any of the animals that our laws forbid." 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 "All right," the LORD said. "You may bake your bread with cow dung instead of human dung." 15 "Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
16 Then he told me, "Son of man, I will cause food to be very scarce in Jerusalem. It will be weighed out with great care and eaten fearfully. The water will be portioned out drop by drop, and the people will drink it with dismay. 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 Food and water will be so scarce that the people will look at one another in terror, and they will waste away under their punishment." 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.