The Announcement of the Imminent Coming of the Exile

1 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},
2 "Son of man, you [are] dwelling in the midst of the house of rebellion {who has eyes to see and they do not see}; {they have ears to hear}, and they do not hear, for they [are] a house of rebellion.
3 And you, son of man, prepare for yourself [the] baggage of an exile, and go into exile by day before their eyes. And you must go into exile from your place to another place before their eyes; perhaps they will see that they [are] a house of rebellion.
4 And you must bring out your baggage like [the] baggage of an exile by day before their eyes, and you must go out in the evening before their eyes like {those who go into exile}.
5 Before their eyes dig through for yourself, through the wall, and you must bring [the baggage] out through it.
6 Before their eyes, on your shoulder, you must lift up [the baggage] in the dusk, [and] your face you must cover, so that you may not see the land, for I make you [as] a sign to the house of Israel."
7 And I did {just as} I was commanded; my baggage, like [the] baggage of an exile, I brought out by day, and in the evening I dug through for myself into the wall with my hand in the dusk; I brought [the baggage] on [my] shoulder; I carried [it] before their eyes.
8 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me in the morning, {saying},
9 "Son of man, did not they, the house of Israel, the house of rebellion, say to you, 'What [are] you doing?'
10 Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "This oracle [is about] the prince in Jerusalem and {the entire} house of Israel {who are among them}." '
11 Say, 'I am your sign, [and] {just as} I did, so will it be done to them in the exile; into captivity they will go.'
12 And the prince who [is] in the midst of them, on [his] shoulder he will carry [the baggage] in the dusk, and he will go out; {the wall will be dug through} to bring him through it; and he will cover his face so that he will not see the land with his eye.
13 And I will spread out my net on him, and he will be captured in my hunting snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die.
14 And all who [are] around him, his help and all of his troops I will scatter {in every direction}, and I will draw [the] sword behind them.
15 And they will know that I [am] Yahweh {when I scatter them} among the nations and I scatter them in the countries.
16 But I will spare from them {a few men} from [the] sword, from [the] famine and from [the] plague, so that they may tell of all their abominations among the nations [to] which they will go, and they will know that I [am] Yahweh."
17 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},
18 "Son of man, you must eat your food with trembling, and your water with shuddering, and with anxiety you must drink.
19 And you must say to the people of the land, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about the land of Israel: "They will eat their food with anxiety and their water they will drink with horror, because their land will be desolate from its fullness because of all the violence of {those who are dwelling in it}.
20 And {the inhabited cites will be desolate}, and the land will be a desolation, and you will know that I [am] Yahweh." '"
21 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},
22 "Son of man, what [is] this proverb {you people have} about the land of Israel, {saying}, '{The days are prolonged}, and every vision has come to nothing.'
23 Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "I will put an end [to] this proverb, and they will not quote it as a proverb again in Israel." ' But say to them, 'The days are near, and [also] the word of every vision.'
24 For [there] will not be any longer {any false vision} or flattering divination in the midst of the house of Israel.
25 For I, Yahweh, I will speak what I will speak [as a] word, and it will be done. It will not prolong [itself] any longer, for in your days, house of rebellion, I will speak a word and I will fulfill it!" {declares} the Lord Yahweh.
26 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},
27 "Son of man, look! The house of Israel [is] saying, 'The vision that he [is] seeing [is] for many days [from now], and for distant times he [is] prophesying.'
28 Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "None of my words will [be] prolonged any longer that I speak [as] a word, and it will be fulfilled!" '" {declares} the Lord Yahweh.