1The word of Yahweh also came to me, saying,
2Son of man, you
dwell in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see, and don’t
see, who have ears to hear, and don’t hear; for they are a rebellious house.
3Therefore, you son of man, prepare you stuff for removing, and remove by
day in their sight; and you shall remove from your place to another place in
their sight: it may be they will consider, though they are a rebellious
4You shall bring forth your stuff by day in their sight, as stuff
for removing; and you shall go forth yourself at even in their sight, as when
men go forth into exile.
5Dig you through the wall in their sight, and
carry out thereby.
6In their sight shall you bear it on your shoulder,
and carry it forth in the dark; you shall cover your face, that you don’t see
the land: for I have set you for a sign to the house of Israel.
7I did so
as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for removing,
and in the even I dug through the wall with my hand; I brought it forth in
the dark, and bore it on my shoulder in their sight.
8In the morning came
the word of Yahweh to me, saying,
9Son of man, has not the house of
Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, What do you?
10Say you to
them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: This burden concerns the prince in
Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel among whom they are.
11Say, I am
your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall go
into exile, into captivity.
12The prince who is among them shall bear on
his shoulder in the dark, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall
to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, because he shall not see the
land with his eyes.
13My net also will I spread on him, and he shall be
taken in my snare; and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the
Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
scatter toward every wind all who are round about him to help him, and all
his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.
15They shall know
that I am Yahweh, when I shall disperse them among the nations, and scatter
them through the countries.
16But I will leave a few men of them from the
sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all
their abominations among the nations where they come; and they shall know
that I am Yahweh.
17Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
18Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with
trembling and with fearfulness;
19and tell the people of the land, Thus
says the Lord Yahweh concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the land of
Israel: They shall eat their bread with fearfulness, and drink their water in
dismay, that her land may be desolate, and despoiled of all that is
therein, because of the violence of all those who dwell therein.
cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be a
desolation; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
21The word of
Yahweh came to me, saying,
22Son of man, what is this proverb that
you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and
every vision fails?
23Tell them therefore, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: I
will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb
in Israel; but tell them, The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every
24For there shall be no more any false vision nor flattering
divination within the house of Israel.
25For I am Yahweh; I will speak,
and the word that I shall speak shall be performed; it shall be no more
deferred: for in your days, rebellious house, will I speak the word, and will
perform it, says the Lord Yahweh.
26Again the word of Yahweh came to me,
27Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision
that he sees is for many day to come, and he prophesies of times that are far
28Therefore tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: There shall none
of my words be deferred any more, but the word which I shall speak shall be
performed, says the Lord Yahweh.