Ezekiel makes himself a symbol of the scattering of the people of Judah from Jerusalem—He then prophesies their scattering among all nations.
1 The word of the Lord also came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a arebellious house, which have beyes to see, and csee not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee astuff for bremoving, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.
4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.
6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the aground: for I have set thee for a bsign unto the house of Israel.
7 And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the aeven I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.
8 ¶ And in the morning came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,
9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the arebellious house, said unto thee, bWhat doest thou?
10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.
11 Say, I am your asign: like as I have bdone, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.
12 And the prince that is among them shall abear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.
13 My anet also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to bBabylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not csee it, though he shall die there.
14 And I will ascatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bbands; and I will draw out the csword after them.
15 And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall ascatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.
16 But I will leave a afew men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the Lord.
17 ¶ Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with acarefulness;
19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord God of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with aastonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the bviolence of all them that dwell therein.
20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
21 ¶ And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the aeffect of every vision.
24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor aflattering bdivination within the house of Israel.
25 For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the aword that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the bword, and will perform it, saith the Lord God.
26 ¶ Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are afar off.
28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God.