NASB — Ezekiel 4 — KJV

Siege of Jerusalem Predicted

1 “Now you son of man, aget yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem. 2 Then alay siege against it, build a siege wall, Iraise up a ramp, pitch camps and place battering rams against it all around. 3 Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that ait is under siege, and besiege it. This is a bsign to the house of Israel.

[1] aIs 20:2; Jr 13:1; 18:2; 19:1
[2] ILit cast aJr 6:6; Ezk 21:22
[3] aJr 39:1, 2; Ezk 5:2 bIs 8:18; 20:3; Ezk 12:6, 11; 24:24-27

4 ¶ “As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; you shall abear their iniquity for the number of days that you lie on it. 5 For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days; thus ayou shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, [but] on your right side and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah; I have assigned it to you for forty days, a day for aeach year. 7 Then you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem with your arm bared and aprophesy against it. 8 Now behold, I will aput ropes on you so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have completed the days of your siege.

[4] aLv 10:17; 16:22; Nu 18:1
[5] aNu 14:34
[6] aNu 14:34; Dn 9:24-26; 12:11, 12; Rv 11:2, 3
[7] aEzk 21:2
[8] aEzk 3:25

Defiled Bread

9 ¶ “But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and aspelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself; you shall eat it according to the number of the days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days. 10 Your food which you eat [shall be] atwenty shekels a day by weight; you shall eat it from time to time. 11 The water you drink shall be the sixth part of a hin by measure; you shall drink it from time to time. 12 You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked [it] in their sight over human adung.” 13 Then the LORD said, “Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread aunclean among the nations where I will banish them.” 14 But I said, “aAh, Lord IGOD! Behold, I have bnever been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what cdied of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any dunclean meat ever entered my mouth.” 15 Then He said to me, “See, I will give you cow’s dung in place of human dung over which you will prepare your bread.” 16 Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, behold, I am going to abreak the staff of bread in Jerusalem, and they will eat bread by bweight and with anxiety, and drink water by cmeasure and in horror, 17 because bread and water will be scarce; and they will be appalled with one another and awaste away in their iniquity.

[9] aEx 9:32; Is 28:25
[10] aEzk 45:12
[12] aIs 36:12
[13] aDn 1:8; Ho 9:3
[14] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aJr 1:6; Ezk 9:8; 20:49 bAc 10:14 cLv 17:15; 22:8; Ezk 44:31 dDt 14:3; Is 65:4; 66:17
[16] aLv 26:26; Is 3:1; Ezk 5:16; 14:13 bEzk 4:10, 11; 12:19 cLm 5:4; Ezk 12:18, 19
[17] aLv 26:39; Ezk 24:23; 33:10


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Under the type of a siege is shewed the time from the defection of Jeroboam to the captivity.

1 ¶ Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, [even] Jerusalem: 2 And 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. 3 Moreover 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. 4 Lie 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. 5 For 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. 6 And 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. 7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm [shall be] uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. 8 And, 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.

[1] 1S 15:27; 1K 11:30; Is 20:2; Jr 6:6; 13:1; 18:2; 19:1; 25:15; 27:2; 32:31; Ezk 5:1; 12:3; Ho 1:2; 3:1; 12:10; Am 3:2.
[2] Jr 39:1; 52:4; Ezk 21:22; Lk 19:42.
[3] Lv 2:5; Is 8:18; 20:3; Ezk 12:6, 11; 24:24; Lk 2:34; He 2:4.
[4] Lv 10:17; 16:22; Nu 14:34; 18:1; 2K 17:21; Is 53:11; Ezk 4:5, 8; Mt 8:17; He 9:28; 1P 2:24.
[5] 1K 12:33; Is 53:6; Jr 52:30.
[6] Nu 14:34; 2K 23:3, 23; 25:1; Jr 37:5; 52:30; Ezk 4:9; Dn 9:24; 12:11; Rv 9:15; 11:2; 12:14; 13:5.
[7] Is 52:10; Ezk 4:3; 6:2.
[8] Ezk 3:25.

By the provision of the siege is shewed the hardness of the famine.

9 ¶ Take 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. 10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat [shall be] by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it. 11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink. 12 And thou shalt eat it [as] barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. 13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. 14 Then 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. 15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. 16 Moreover 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: 17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

[9] Ezk 4:5, 13, 16.
[10] Lv 26:26; Dt 28:51; Is 3:1; Ezk 4:16; 14:13.
[11] Is 5:13; Ezk 4:16; Jn 3:34.
[12] Gn 18:6.
[13] Dn 1:8; Ho 9:3.
[14] Ex 22:31; Lv 11:39; 17:15; 19:7; Dt 14:3; Is 65:4; 66:17; Jr 1:6; Ezk 9:8; 20:49; Ac 10:14.
[15] Ezk 4:15.
[16] Lv 26:26; Ps 60:3; 105:16; Is 3:1; Lm 1:11; 4:9; 5:9; Ezk 4:10; 5:16; 12:18; 14:13.
[17] Lv 26:39; Ezk 24:23.


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