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Ezekiel 12:1-28

12  And Jehovah’s word came to me 2  “Man, you are living in the midst of the disobedient house who have eyes to see but do not see, have ears to hear but do not hear, because they are a disobedient house. 3  But do you, man, make up an outfit for exile by day in their sight and go into exile from your place to another in their sight; they may see, disobedient house as they are. 4  Bring your outfit out like an outfit for exile by day in their sight and go out yourself at evening in their sight like an exile’s start. 5*  Break a hole in the wall in their sight and bring out by it; 6  you are to shoulder a load in their sight, bring out in the dark, cover your face and do not see the earth, because I have made you a portent to the house of Israel.” 7  And I did so, as I was commanded to: I brought out my outfit like an outfit for exile by day, and at evening I broke a hole in the wall with my hands; in the dark I brought out, shouldering the load in their sight. 8  And Jehovah’s word came to me in the morning 9  “Man, the house of Israel, the disobedient house, said to you ‘What are you doing,’ did they? 10*  say to them ‘Says the Lord Jehovah who pronounces this boding against those who live in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel in whose midst they are, 11  Say “I am your portent: as I did, so they will have it done to them; they will go into exile, into serfdom. 12******  And the prince who is among them will shoulder a load in the dark and go out; they will break a hole in the wall to let him out; he will cover his face, because he is not to be seen by an eye. 13  And I will spread my net for him and he will be caught in my toils; and I will bring him to Babylon, the Chaldeans’ country, and he will not see it; and there he will die. 14  And all who are around him, his helpers and all his squadrons, I will disperse to every wind and will bare swords after them; 15  and they shall know that I am Jehovah at my scattering them among the nations and dispersing them among the countries. 16  And I will leave over from swords, from starvation, and from pestilence a small number of them in order that they may tell the story of all their abominations in the nations where they have come, and they may know that I am Jehovah.”’” 17  And Jehovah’s word came to me 18  “Man, you are to eat your bread with shivers and drink your water with trembling and anxiety, 19**  and say to the populace ‘Says the Lord Jehovah for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, On the soil of Israel they will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water in horror, in order that their country and what fills it may be desolate for the outrages of all that live in it. 20  And the inhabited cities will be laid waste and the country become a desolation, and you shall know that I am Jehovah.’” 21  And Jehovah’s word came to me 22  “Man, what is this proverb you have on the soil of Israel ‘The days lengthen out and every vision has come to nothing’? 23  so say to them ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, I will end this proverb, and they shall no longer quote it in Israel; but tell them “The days are near, and the import of every vision.” 24*  For there shall no longer be all sorts of unmeaning visions and slippery soothsayings in the midst of the house of Israel; 25*  for I Jehovah will speak what I speak, a word and it shall be done; it shall not be postponed again, but in your days, disobedient house, I will say a word and do it, quoth the Lord Jehovah.’” 26  And Jehovah’s word came to me 27  “Man, here are the house of Israel saying ‘The vision he sees is for a long time, he is prophesying of distant dates.’ 28  So say to them ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, All my words shall be postponed no longer; what I say, a word and it shall be done, quoth the Lord Jehovah.’”

Footnotes

12:5 Var. and go out by it
12:10 Codd. Says the Lord Jehovah, The prince is this boding against Jerusalem (or The prince, this burden in Jerusalem)
12:12 Var. a load and go out in the dark
12:12 Var. he will break
12:12 Or in the wall to bring out by Var. in the wall to go out by
12:12 Var. in order that he may
12:12 Var.* to see
12:12 Codd. add he himself the earth
12:19 Or in desolation
12:19 Or be horror-struck at the outrages
12:24 Var. sons of Israel
12:25 Susp.