The Siege of Jerusalem Portrayed
1And you, O mortal, take a brick and set it before you. On it portray a city, Jerusalem;2and put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a ramp against it; set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it all around.3Then take an iron plate and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; 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.4Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment of the house of Israel upon it; you shall bear their punishment for the number of the days that you lie there.5For I assign to you a number of days, three hundred ninety days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment of the house of Israel.6When 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, one day for each year.7You shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and with your arm bared you shall prophesy against it.8See, I am putting cords on you so that you cannot turn from one side to the other until you have completed the days of your siege.9And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread for yourself. During the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred ninety days, you shall eat it.10The food that you eat shall be twenty shekels a day by weight; at fixed times you shall eat it.11And you shall drink water by measure, one-sixth of a hin; at fixed times you shall drink.12You shall eat it as a barley-cake, baking it in their sight on human dung.13The Lord said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread, unclean, among the nations to which I will drive them.”14Then I said, “Ah Lord GOD! I have never defiled myself; from my youth up until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by animals, nor has carrion flesh come into my mouth.”15Then he said to me, “See, I will let you have cow's dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.”16Then he said to me, Mortal, I am going to break the staff of bread in Jerusalem; they shall eat bread by weight and with fearfulness; and they shall drink water by measure and in dismay.17Lacking bread and water, they will look at one another in dismay, and waste away under their punishment.Chapter 5A Sword against Jerusalem
1And you, O mortal, take a sharp sword; use it as a barber's razor and run it over your head and your beard; then take balances for weighing, and divide the hair.2One third of the hair you shall burn in the fire inside the city, when the days of the siege are completed; one third you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city; and one third you shall scatter to the wind, and I will unsheathe the sword after them.3Then you shall take from these a small number, and bind them in the skirts of your robe.4From these, again, you shall take some, throw them into the fire and burn them up; from there a fire will come out against all the house of Israel.5Thus says the Lord GOD: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.6But she has rebelled against my ordinances and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations and the countries all around her, rejecting my ordinances and not following my statutes.7Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, and have not followed my statutes or kept my ordinances, but have acted according to the ordinances of the nations that are all around you;8therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I, I myself, am coming against you; I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations.9And because of all your abominations, I will do to you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again.10Surely, parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children shall eat their parents; I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to every wind.11Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations—therefore I will cut you down; my eye will not spare, and I will have no pity.12One third of you shall die of pestilence or be consumed by famine among you; one third shall fall by the sword around you; and one third I will scatter to every wind and will unsheathe the sword after them.13My anger shall spend itself, and I will vent my fury on them and satisfy myself; and they shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken in my jealousy, when I spend my fury on them.14Moreover I will make you a desolation and an object of mocking among the nations around you, in the sight of all that pass by.15You shall be a mockery and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and with furious punishments—I, the Lord, have spoken—16when I loose against you my deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will let loose to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon you, and break your staff of bread.17I will send famine and wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children; pestilence and bloodshed shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword upon you. I, the Lord, have spoken.