Ezekiel 4-7 New American Standard Bible

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The Siege of Jerusalem Portrayed

4 "Now you son of man , get yourself a brick , place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem . 2  "Then lay siege against it, build a siege wall , raise 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 it is under siege , and besiege e it. This is a sign to the house of Israel . 4  "As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; you shall bear 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 you 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 each year . 7  "Then you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem with your arm bared and prophesy against it. 8  "Now behold , I will put ropes on you so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have completed the days of your siege .

9  "But as for you, take wheat , barley , beans , lentils , millet and spelt , 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 twenty 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 dung e ." 13  Then the Lord said , "Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where e I will banish them." 14  But I said , " Ah , Lord GOD ! Behold , I have never been defiled ; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts , nor has any unclean 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 break the staff of bread in Jerusalem , and they will eat bread by weight and with anxiety , and drink water by measure and in horror , 17  because bread and water will be scarce ; and they will be appalled with one another and waste away in their iniquity .

5 "As for you, son of man , take a sharp sword ; take and use it as a barber's razor on your head and beard . Then take scales for weighing and divide the hair. 2  "One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city , when the days of the siege are completed . Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind ; and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. 3  "Take also a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes. 4  "Take again some of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire ; from it a fire will spread to all the house of Israel .

5  "Thus says the Lord GOD , 'This is Jerusalem ; I have set her at the center of the nations , with lands around her. 6  'But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes more than the lands which surround her; for they have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes .' 7  "Therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , 'Because you have more turmoil than the nations which surround you and have not walked in My statutes , nor observed My ordinances , nor observed the ordinances of the nations which surround you,' 8  therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , 'Behold , I, even I, am against you, and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations . 9  'And because of all your abominations , I will do among you what I have not done , and the like of which I will never do again . 10  'Therefore , fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers ; for I will execute judgments on you and scatter all your remnant to every wind . 11  'So as I live ,' declares the Lord GOD , 'surely e , because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominations , therefore I will also withdraw , and My eye will have no pity and I will not spare . 12  'One third of you will die by plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will scatter to every wind , and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. 13  'Thus My anger will be spent and I will satisfy My wrath on them, and I will be appeased ; then they will know that I, the Lord , have spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them. 14  'Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by. 15  'So it will be a reproach , a reviling , a warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I execute judgments against you in anger , wrath and raging rebukes . I, the Lord , have spoken . 16  'When I send against them the deadly arrows of famine which were for the destruction of those whom I will send to destroy you, then I will also intensify the famine upon you and break the staff of bread . 17  'Moreover, I will send on you famine and wild beasts , and they will bereave you of children ; plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the Lord , have spoken .' "

The Prophecy against the Mountains of Israel

6 And the word of the Lord came to me saying , 2  "Son of man , set your face toward the mountains of Israel , and prophesy against them 3  and say , 'Mountains of Israel , listen to the word of the Lord GOD ! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains , the hills , the ravines and the valleys : "Behold , I Myself am going to bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places . 4  "So your altars will become desolate and your incense altars will be smashed ; and I will make your slain fall in front of your idols . 5  "I will also lay the dead bodies of the sons of Israel in front of their idols ; and I will scatter your bones around your altars . 6  "In all your dwellings , cities will become waste and the high places will be desolate , that your altars may become waste and desolate , your idols may be broken and brought to an end , your incense altars may be cut down , and your works may be blotted out. 7  "The slain will fall among you, and you will know that I am the Lord .

8  "However, I will leave a remnant , for you will have those who escaped the sword among the nations when you are scattered among the countries . 9  "Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive , how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols ; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed , for all their abominations . 10  "Then they will know that I am the Lord ; I have not said in vain that I would inflict this disaster on them."'

11  "Thus says the Lord GOD , 'Clap your hand , stamp your foot and say , " Alas , because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel , which will fall by sword , famine and plague ! 12  "He who is far off will die by the plague , and he who is near will fall by the sword , and he who remains and is besieged will die by the famine . Thus will I spend My wrath on them. 13  "Then you will know that I am the Lord , when their slain are among their idols around their altars , on every high hill , on all the tops of the mountains , under every green tree and under every leafy oak -the places where e they offered soothing aroma to all their idols . 14  "So throughout all their habitations I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land more desolate and waste than the wilderness toward Diblah ; thus they will know that I am the Lord .""'

The End Is Come

7 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying , 2  "And you, son of man , thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel , 'An end ! The end is coming on the four corners of the land . 3  'Now the end is upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and bring all your abominations upon you. 4  'For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will bring your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you; then you will know that I am the Lord !' 5  "Thus says the Lord GOD , 'A disaster , unique disaster , behold it is coming ! 6  'An end is coming ; the end has come ! It has awakened against you; behold , it has come ! 7  'Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land . The time has come , the day is near -tumult rather than joyful shouting on the mountains . 8  'Now I will shortly pour out My wrath on you and spend My anger against you; judge you according to your ways and bring on you all your abominations . 9  'My eye will show no pity nor will I spare . I will repay you according to your ways , while your abominations are in your midst ; then you will know that I, the Lord , do the smiting . 10  'Behold , the day ! Behold , it is coming ! Your doom has gone forth ; the rod has budded , arrogance has blossomed . 11  'Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness . None of them shall remain, none of their people , none of their wealth , nor anything eminent among them. 12  'The time has come , the day has arrived . Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn ; for wrath is against all their multitude . 13  'Indeed , the seller will not regain what he sold as long as they both live ; for the vision regarding all their multitude will not be averted , nor will any of them maintain his life by his iniquity . 14  'They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready , but no one is going to the battle , for My wrath is against all their multitude . 15  'The sword is outside and the plague and the famine are within . He who is in the field will die by the sword ; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city .

16  'Even when their survivors escape , they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys , all of them mourning , each over his own iniquity . 17  'All hands will hang limp and all knees will become like water . 18  'They will gird themselves with sackcloth and shuddering will overwhelm them; and shame will be on all faces and baldness on all their heads . 19  'They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing ; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord . They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs , for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling . 20  'They transformed the beauty of His ornaments into pride , and they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things with it; therefore e I will make it an abhorrent thing to them. 21  'I will give it into the hands of the foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil , and they will profane it. 22  'I will also turn My face from them, and they will profane My secret place ; then robbers will enter and profane it.

23  ' Make the chain , for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence . 24  'Therefore, I will bring the worst of the nations , and they will possess their houses . I will also make the pride of the strong ones cease , and their holy places will be profaned . 25  'When anguish comes , they will seek peace , but there will be none . 26  ' Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor ; then they will seek a vision from a prophet , but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders . 27  'The king will mourn , the prince will be clothed with horror , and the hands of the people of the land will tremble . According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I will judge them. And they will know that I am the Lord .' "

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