The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized
1“And you, #See ch. 2:1 son of man, #[ver. 3; Jer. 13:1, 2]take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem. 2#[2 Kgs. 25:1] And put siegeworks against it, #ch. 17:17; 21:22; 26:8 and build a siege wall against it, #Luke 19:43 and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, #ch. 21:22; 26:9and plant battering rams against it all around. 3And you, take an iron griddle, and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; #See ch. 21:2 and set your face toward it, #[Isa. 29:3] and let it be in a state of siege, and press the siege against it. This is #ch. 12:6, 11; 24:24, 27; [Isa. 8:18; 20:3]a sign for the house of Israel.
4“Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment#4:4 Or iniquity; also verses 5, 6, 17 of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you lie on it, #ch. 44:10, 12; [Lev. 16:22; Isa. 53:11, 12]you shall bear their punishment. 5For I assign to you a number of days, #ver. 9 390 days, #[Num. 14:34] equal to the number of the years of their punishment. #[See ver. 4 above] So long shall you bear #[ch. 23:4, 9, 10]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 #ch. 44:10, 12; [Lev. 16:22; Isa. 53:11, 12] bear #[ch. 23:11, 12] the punishment of the house of Judah. #[Num. 14:34]Forty days I assign you, a day for each year. 7#See ch. 21:2 And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, #Isa. 52:10with your arm bared, and you shall prophesy against the city. 8And behold, #ch. 3:25 I will place cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, till you have completed #[ver. 9; ch. 5:2]; See 2 Kgs. 25:1-3; Jer. 39:1, 2; 52:4-6the days of your siege.
9“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer,#4:9 A type of wheat and put them into a single vessel and make your #[1 Kgs. 22:27] bread from them. #See ver. 8 During the number of days that you lie on your side, #ver. 5390 days, you shall eat it. 10And your food that you eat shall be #ch. 12:19; [Jer. 37:21] by weight, #ch. 45:12twenty shekels#4:10 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams a day; from day to day#4:10 Or at a set time daily; also verse 11 you shall eat it. 11And water you shall drink #[See ver. 10 above]by measure, the sixth part of a hin;#4:11 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters from day to day you shall drink. 12And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it #See ch. 12:3in their sight on human dung.” 13And the Lord said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat #Hos. 9:3; [Dan. 1:8]their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.” 14Then I said, #ch. 9:8; 11:13; 20:49 “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I have never defiled myself.#4:14 Hebrew my soul (or throat) has never been made unclean #[Acts 10:14] From my youth up till now I have never eaten #ch. 44:31; [Lev. 7:24] what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has #Isa. 65:4; [Lev. 7:18]tainted meat come into my mouth.” 15Then he said to me, “See, I assign to you cow’s dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.” 16Moreover, he said to me, #See ch. 2:1 “Son of man, behold, #ch. 5:16; 14:13; Lev. 26:26 I will break the supply#4:16 Hebrew staff of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread #[See ver. 10 above]by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water #[See ver. 10 above]by measure and in dismay. 17I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and #See ch. 3:15 look at one another in dismay, and #ch. 24:23; 33:10; Lev. 26:39rot away because of their punishment.