Ezekiel 4 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God said, "Mortal man, get a brick, put it in front of you, and scratch lines on it to represent the city of 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 Then, to represent a siege, put trenches, earthworks, camps, and battering rams all around it. 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 pan and set it up like a wall between you and the city. Face the city. It is under siege, and you are the one besieging it. This will be a sign to the nation 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 lie down on your left side, and I will place on you the guilt of the nation of Israel. For 390 days you will stay there and suffer because of their guilt. I have sentenced you to one day for each year their punishment will last. 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.
6 When you finish that, turn over on your right side and suffer for the guilt of Judah for forty days - one day for each year of their punishment. 6 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.
7 "Fix your eyes on the siege of Jerusalem. Shake your fist at the city and prophesy against it. 7 "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.
8 I will tie you up so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until the siege is over. 8 Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her.
9 "Now take some wheat, barley, beans, peas, millet, and spelt. Mix them all together and make bread. That is what you are to eat during the 390 days you are lying on your left side. 9 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.
10 You will be allowed eight ounces of bread a day, and it will have to last until the next day. 10 "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.
11 You will also have a limited amount of water to drink, two cups a day. 11 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.
12 You are to build a fire out of dried human excrement, bake bread on the fire, and eat it where everyone can see you." 12 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.
13 The Lord said, "This represents the way the Israelites will have to eat food which the Law forbids, when I scatter them to foreign countries." 13 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
14 But I replied, "No, Sovereign Lord! I have never defiled myself. From childhood on I have never eaten meat from any animal that died a natural death or was killed by wild animals. I have never eaten any food considered unclean." 14 The LORD said, "In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them."
15 So God said, "Very well. I will let you use cow dung instead, and you can bake your bread on that." 15 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."
16 And he added, "Mortal man, I am going to cut off the supply of bread for Jerusalem. The people there will be distressed and anxious as they measure out the food they eat and the water they drink. 16 "Very well," he said, "I will let you bake your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement."
17 They will run out of bread and water; they will be in despair, and they will waste away because of their sins." 17 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 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.