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Ezekiel 4

Ezekiel Shows How Jerusalem Will Be Taken

1 "Now, son of man, get a hard clay block. Set it down in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. 2 Then build a battle-wall around it to shut it in, and build a hill of dirt against the wall. Cut down trees and lay them on wheels all around the city, to use for breaking down the walls. 3 Then get an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and turn your face toward it. It will be shut in, and you will fight a battle against it. This will be something special for the people of Israel to see.

4 "Then lie on your left side, and I will lay the sin of the people of Israel upon you. You will be under the weight of their sin for the number of days that you lie on your side. 5 I have set a number of days for you which is the same as the number of years of their sin, 390 days. This is how long you must be under the weight of the sin of the people of Israel. 6 When you have completed these, you must lie down a second time, but on your right side. And you must be under the weight of the sin of the people of Judah. I have set a time of forty days for you to do this, one day for each year. 7 Then you must turn your face toward the battle against Jerusalem with no covering on your arm, and tell what will happen against the city. 8 I will tie you up with ropes so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, until you have completed the days of your battle.

9 "Take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt and put them in one pot, and make them into bread for yourself. Eat it during the 390 days that you lie on your side. 10 The food you eat each day will weigh as much as twenty pieces of silver, and will have to last until the next day. 11 And the water you drink each day will be enough to fill a bottle. You will drink it from time to time. 12 Eat your food as you would barley cakes, making it ready in front of their eyes over a fire burning human waste." 13 The Lord said, "In this way the people of Israel will eat unclean food among the nations where I will drive them." 14 But I said, "O Lord God! See, I have never been unclean. Since I was young until now, I have never eaten what died of itself or what was torn by wild animals. No unclean meat has ever come into my mouth." 15 So He said to me, "Then I will let you make your bread over cow's waste instead of human waste." 16 And He said to me, "Son of man, I am going to take away the bread that is needed in Jerusalem. They will weigh the bread they eat and they will drink water from small cups, and be afraid 17 because there will not be enough bread and water. They will look at one another in fear, and waste away in their sin.

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