Ezekiel Prepares for Exile

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man, you live in the 1midst of the 2rebellious house, who 3have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.
3 "Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight; even go into exile from your place to another place in their sight. 4Perhaps they will understand though they are a rebellious house.
4 "Bring your baggage out by day in their sight, as baggage for exile. Then you will go out 5at evening in their sight, as those going into exile.
5 "Dig a hole through the wall in their sight and go out through it.
6 "Load the baggage on your shoulder in their sight and carry it out in the dark. You shall 6cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have set you as a 7sign to the house of Israel."
7 I 8did so, as I had been commanded. By day I 9brought out my baggage like the baggage of an exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands; I went out in the dark and carried the baggage on my shoulder in their sight.
8 In the morning the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
9 "Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the 10rebellious house, said to you, '11What are you doing?'
10 "Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "This 12burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem as well as all the house of Israel who are in it."'
11 "Say, 'I am a 13sign to you. As I have done, so it will be done to them; they will 14go into exile, into captivity.'
12 "The 15prince who is among them will load his baggage on his shoulder in the dark and go out. They will dig a hole through the wall to bring it out. He will cover his face so * that he can not see the land with his eyes.
13 "I will also spread My 16net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. And I will bring him to Babylon in the land of the Chaldeans; yet he will 17not see it, though he will die there.
14 "I will 18scatter to every wind all who are around him, his helpers and all his troops; and I will draw out a sword after them.
15 "So they will 19know that I am the LORD when I scatter them among the nations and spread them among the countries.
16 "But I will spare a few of them from the 20sword, the famine and the pestilence that they may tell all their abominations among the nations where * they go, and may 21know that I am the LORD."
17 Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me saying,
18 "Son of man, 22eat your bread with trembling and drink your water with quivering and anxiety.
19 "Then say to the people of the land, 'Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the land of Israel, "They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water with horror, because their land will be 23stripped of its fullness on account of the violence of all who live in it.
20 "The inhabited 24cities will be laid waste and the 25land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the LORD.""'
21 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
22 "Son of man, what is this 26proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The 27days are long and every 28vision fails '?
23 "Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will make this proverb cease so that they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel." But tell them, "29The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision.
24 "For there will no longer be any 30false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.
25 "For I the LORD will speak, and whatever 31word I speak will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, for in 32your days, O 33rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it," declares the Lord GOD.' "
26 Furthermore, the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
27 "Son of man, behold, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision that he sees is for 34many years from now, and he prophesies of times far off.'
28 "Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "None * of My words will be delayed any longer. Whatever * word I speak will be performed,""' declares the Lord GOD.