The Announcement of the Imminent Coming of the Exile
1And the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to me, saying,#Literally “to say” 2“Son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” you are dwelling in the midst of the house of rebellion who has eyes to see and they do not see;#Literally “which eyes are for them to see and not they see” they have ears to hear,#Literally “ears are for them to hear” and they do not hear, for they are a house of rebellion. 3And you, son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” prepare for yourself#Hebrew “you” the baggage of an exile, and go into exile by day before their eyes. And you must go into#Hebrew “in” exile from your place to another place before their eyes; perhaps they will see that they are a house of rebellion. 4And you must bring out your baggage like the baggage of an exile by day before their eyes, and you must go out in the evening before their eyes like those who go into exile.#Literally “like the goers out of an exile” 5Before their eyes dig through for yourself,#Hebrew “you” through the wall, and you must bring the baggage out through it. 6Before their eyes, on your#Literally “the” shoulder, you must lift up the baggage in the dusk, and your face you must cover, so that you may not see the land, for I make you as a sign to the house of Israel.” 7And I did just as#Literally “so as that” I was commanded; my baggage, like the baggage of an exile, I brought out by day, and in the evening I dug through for myself#Hebrew “me” into#Hebrew “in” the wall with my hand in the dusk; I brought the baggage on my shoulder; I carried it before their eyes. 8And the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to me in the morning, saying,#Literally “to say” 9“Son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” did not they, the house of Israel, the house of rebellion, say to you, ‘What are you doing?’ 10Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “This oracle is about the prince in Jerusalem and the entire#Literally “all of” house of Israel who are among them.” ’#Literally “which they are in the midst of them” 11Say, ‘I am your sign, and just as#Literally “as that” I did, so will it be done to them in the exile; into#Hebrew “in” captivity they will go.’ 12And the prince who is in the midst of them, on his shoulder he will carry the baggage in the dusk, and#Or “in the dusk he will go out” he will go out; the wall will be dug through#Literally “through the wall they will dig” to bring him through it; and he will cover his face so that he will#Or “may” not see the land with his#Hebrew “the” eye. 13And I will spread out my net on him, and he will be captured in my hunting snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die. 14And all who are around him, his help#Or “support” and all of his troops I will scatter in every direction,#Literally “to every direction of the wind” and I will draw#Or “unsheathe” the sword behind them. 15And they will know that I am Yahweh when I scatter them#Literally “at my scattering them” among the nations and I scatter them in the countries. 16But#Or “And” I will spare from them a few men#Literally “men of number” from the sword, from the famine and from the plague, so that they may tell of all their abominations among the nations to which they will go, and they will know that I am Yahweh.”
17And the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to me, saying,#Literally “to say” 18“Son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” you must eat your food with trembling, and your water with shuddering, and with anxiety you must drink. 19And you must say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about the land of Israel: “They will eat their food with anxiety and their water they will drink with horror, because their land will be desolate from#Or “of” its fullness because of all the violence of those who are dwelling in it.#Literally “the ones dwelling in it” 20And the inhabited cites will be desolate,#Literally “the being inhabited cities they will be desolate” and the land will be a desolation, and you will know that I am Yahweh.” ’ ”
21And the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to me, saying,#Literally “to say” 22“Son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” what is this proverb you people have#Literally “to you” about the land of Israel, saying,#Literally “to you” ‘The days are prolonged,#Literally “they are long the days” and every vision has come to nothing.’ 23Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “I will put an end to this proverb, and they will not quote it as a proverb again in Israel.” ’ But#Hebrew “But if” say to them, ‘The days are near, and also the word of every vision.’ 24For there will not be any longer any false vision#Literally “every vision of falseness” or flattering divination in the midst of the house of Israel. 25For I, Yahweh, I will speak what I will speak as a word, and it will be done. It will not prolong itself any longer, for in your days, house of rebellion, I will speak a word and I will fulfill it!” declares#Literally “declaration of” the Lord Yahweh. 26And the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to me, saying,#Literally “to say” 27“Son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” look! The house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he is seeing is for many days from now, and for distant times he is prophesying.’ 28Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “None of my words will be prolonged any longer that I speak as a word, and it will be fulfilled!” ’ ” declares#Literally “declaration of” the Lord Yahweh.