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Ezekiel 4 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You, human one, take a brick. Put it in front of you and draw 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 Prepare the siege: Build a wall, construct ramps, set up army camps, and place battering rams all around. 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 Take an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city. Face it directly. When it is under siege like this, press hard against it. This is a sign for the house 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 set the guilt of the house of Israel on it. For the length of time that you lie on your side, you will bear their punishment. 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 appoint to you three hundred ninety days, one day for each year of their guilt. So you will bear the punishment of the house 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 When you have completed these days, lie on your right side to bear the guilt of the house of Judah. I appoint forty days to you, one day for each year. 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 With your arm stretched out, face the siege of Jerusalem directly and prophesy against it. 7 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.
8 I've now bound you with cords so that you can't 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 You, gather some wheat and barley, beans and lentils, and millet and spelt. Put them in a bowl and make your bread from them. Eat it during the three hundred ninety days that 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 At fixed times you will eat your food by weight, fourteen ounces a day. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.
11 You will also ration your water by measure, drinking a sixth of a hin at fixed times each day. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.
12 Eat it like barley bread, and bake it on human excrement while they watch. 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
13 The LORD says: In this same way the Israelites will eat their unclean bread among the nations where I am scattering 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 And I said: "Ah, LORD God! I've never been unclean! From my childhood until now I've never eaten anything that wasn't properly slaughtered, and no unclean meat 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 me: "Then I'll let you use cow dung instead of human excrement. You can make your bread over that." 15 "Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
16 Then he said to me: Human one, I'm destroying the food supply in Jerusalem. They will anxiously ration and eat their food, and in dismay they will dole out and drink their water. 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 When their food and water dwindles away, everyone will be horrified, and they will waste 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.