Ezekiel 4 ©

1 The prophet is directed to represent a mock siege of Jerusalem for a sign to the Jews: 4 and to lie before it in one posture for a set number of days, in order to denote the time of their sins for which God did visit: 9 his allotted provisions, with design to prefigure the people's defilement among the Gentiles, 16 and the scarcity they should be reduced to by the siege.


THOU also, son of man, atake thee ba tile, and lay it before thee, and *pourtray upon it the city, even cJerusalem:

a Is. 20. Je. 13; 18; 19; 25; 27. ch. 5; 12. Ho. 1; 3.

And dlay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and *cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set 1battering rams against it round about.


Moreover take thou unto thee 2an iron pan, and set it for ea 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. fThis shall be a sign to the house of Israel.


gLie thou also upon thy left side, and lay hthe 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.


For I have laid upon thee ithe 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.


And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy jright side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee 3each day for a year.


Therefore thou shalt kset thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and lthine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.


And, behold, mI will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee 4from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.


nTake thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and 5*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.

n v.13,16.

And thy *meat which thou shalt eat oshall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.


Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of pan hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.


And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.


And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel qeat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.


Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! rbehold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of sthat which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.


Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee tcow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.


Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, uI will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and vthey shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:


That they may want bread and water, wand be *astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.