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1“And you, O son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and portray upon it a city, even Jerusalem; 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 round about. 3And take an iron plate, 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.

4“Then lie upon your left side, and I will lay the punishment of the house of Israel upon you; for the number of the days that you lie upon it, you shall bear their punishment. 5For I assign to you a number of days, three hundred and ninety days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment; so long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel. 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. 7And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, with your arm bared; and you shall prophesy against the city. 8And behold, I will put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, till you have completed the days of your siege.

9“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt, and put them into a single vessel, and make bread of them. During the number of days that you lie upon your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it. 10And the food which you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; once a day you shall eat it. 11And water you shall drink by measure, the sixth part of a hin; once a day you shall drink. 12And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it in their sight on human dung.” 13And the Lord said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations whither I will drive them.” 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 foul 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.” 16Moreover he said to me, “Son of man, behold, I will 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. 17I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and look at one another in dismay, and waste away under their punishment.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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