1Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:2And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.3Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.4Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.5For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.6And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.7Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.8And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.9Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.10And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.11Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.12And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.13And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.14Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.15Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow' dung for man' dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.16Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:17That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
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The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized
1“And you, son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem. (Jer 13:1; Eze 2:1; Eze 4:3)2And put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it all around. (2Ki 25:1; Eze 17:17; Eze 21:22; Eze 26:8; Eze 26:9; Lu 19:43)3And you, take an iron griddle, and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; and set your face toward it, and let it be in a state of siege, and press the siege against it. This is a sign for the house of Israel. (Isa 8:18; Isa 20:3; Isa 29:3; Eze 12:6; Eze 12:11; Eze 21:2; Eze 24:24; Eze 24:27)4“Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their punishment. (Le 16:22; Isa 53:11; Eze 44:10; Eze 44:12)5For I assign to you a number of days, 390 days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment. So long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel. (Nu 14:34; Eze 4:4; Eze 4:9; Eze 23:4; Eze 23:9)6And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah. Forty days I assign you, a day for each year. (Le 16:22; Nu 14:34; Isa 53:11; Eze 23:11; Eze 44:10; Eze 44:12)7And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, with your arm bared, and you shall prophesy against the city. (Isa 52:10; Eze 21:2)8And behold, I will place cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, till you have completed the days of your siege. (2Ki 25:1; Jer 39:1; Jer 52:4; Eze 3:25; Eze 4:9; Eze 5:2)9“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer, and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it. (1Ki 22:27; Eze 4:5; Eze 4:8)10And your food that you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from day to day you shall eat it. (Jer 37:21; Eze 12:19; Eze 45:12)11And water you shall drink by measure, the sixth part of a hin; from day to day you shall drink. (Eze 4:10)12And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it in their sight on human dung.” (Eze 12:3)13And the Lord said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.” (Da 1:8; Ho 9:3)14Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I have never defiled myself. From my youth up till now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has tainted meat come into my mouth.” (Le 7:18; Le 7:24; Isa 65:4; Eze 9:8; Eze 11:13; Eze 20:49; Eze 44:31; Ac 10:14)15Then he said to me, “See, I assign to you cow’s dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.”16Moreover, he said to me, “Son of man, behold, I will break the supply of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water by measure and in dismay. (Le 26:26; Eze 2:1; Eze 4:10; Eze 5:16; Eze 14:13)17I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and look at one another in dismay, and rot away because of their punishment. (Le 26:39; Eze 3:15; Eze 24:23; Eze 33:10)