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katapi HOME Ezekiel 12:1-16 - Ezekiel the exile.  Eze.12.1-16

12 1 THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO ME: 12 2 Man, you live among a rebellious people. Though they have eyes they will not see, though they have ears they will not hear, 12 3 because they are a rebellious people. Therefore, man, pack up what you need for a journey into exile, by day before their eyes; then set off on your journey. When you leave home and go off into exile before their eyes, it may be they will see that they are rebels. 12 4 Bring out your belongings, packed as for exile; do it by day, before their eyes, and then at evening, still before their eyes, leave home, as if you were going into exile. 12 5 Next, before their eyes, break a hole through the wall, and carry your belongings out through it. 12 6 When dusk falls, take your pack on your shoulder, before their eyes, and carry it out, with your face covered so that you cannot see the ground. I am making you a warning sign for the Israelites.

12 7 I did exactly as I had been told. By day I brought out my belongings, packed as for exile, and at evening I broke through the wall with my hands. When dusk fell, I shouldered my pack and carried it out before their eyes.

12 8 Next morning, the word of the LORD came to me: 12 9 Man, he said, have not the Israelites, that rebellious people, asked you what you are doing? 12 10 Tell them that these are the words of the Lord GOD: This oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem, and all the Israelites therein therein: prob. rdg, Heb among them. 12 11 Tell them that you are a sign to warn them; what you have done will be done to them; they will go into exile and captivity. 12 12 Their prince will shoulder his pack in the dusk and go through a hole made to let him out, with his face covered so that he cannot be seen nor himself see the ground. 12 13 But I will cast my net over him, and he will be caught in the meshes. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldaeans, though he will not see it; and there he will die. 12 14 I will scatter his bodyguard and drive all his squadrons to the four winds; I will follow them with drawn sword. 12 15 Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them through many lands. 12 16 But I will leave a few of them who will escape sword, famine, and pestilence, to tell the whole story of their abominations to the peoples among whom they go; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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