“And now, son of man, take a large clay brick and set it down in front of you. Then draw a map of the city of Jerusalem on it.
Show the city under siege. Build a wall around it so no one can escape. Set up the enemy camp, and surround the city with siege ramps and battering rams.
Then take an iron griddle and place it between you and the city. Turn toward the city and demonstrate how harsh the siege will be against Jerusalem. This will be a warning to the people of Israel.
“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.
I am requiring you to bear Israel’s sins for 390 days—one day for each year of their sin.
After that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days—one day for each year of Judah’s sin.
“Meanwhile, keep staring at the siege of Jerusalem. Lie there with your arm bared and prophesy her destruction.
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.