¶ YOU also, O Son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and draw upon it the outline of the city of Jerusalem;
And lay siege against it, and build forts against it, and cast a mount against it;
and set some camps also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
Moreover take an iron pan, and set it for an iron wall between you and the city;
and set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it.
This is a sign to the house of Israel.
Then lie upon your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon that side;
according to the number of days that you shall lie upon it, you shall bear their iniquity.
For I have given you two tasks of iniquities, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days;
so shall you bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
And when you have completed them, you shall lie again on your right side, and you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days;
I have appointed you each day for a year.
Therefore you shall set your face towards the siege of Jerusalem, and your arm shall prevail, and you shall prophesy against it.
And behold, I have laid chains upon you, and you shall not turn from one side to another until you have completed the days of your siege.
¶ And take for yourself wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and rye, and put them in one vessel, and make for yourself bread of them;
according to the number of days that you shall lie upon your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat of it.
And your food which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day;
from time to time you shall eat it.
And you shall drink water by measure, a sixth part of a hin;
from time to time shall you drink.
And you shall eat it as if you ate barley cakes, having baked it in their sight with the dung that comes out of men.
And the LORD said, Thus shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean among the Gentiles, whither I shall drive them.
Then said I, Ah LORD God!
behold, I have never defiled myself;
and from my youth up even till now I have not eaten of that which dies of itself or is torn in pieces by wild beasts;
neither has unclean meat entered into my mouth.
Then he said to me, Lo, I have given you oxen’s dung instead of men’s dung, that you shall bake your bread with it.
Moreover, he said to me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem;
and they shall eat bread by weight;
and when thirsty, they shall drink water by measure;
And they shall lack bread and water, and they shall perish one with another, and shall be consumed in their iniquity.