12 1The word of Jehovah also came unto me, saying,
2Son of man,
thou dwellest in the midst of the rebellious house, that have eyes to see,
and see not, that have ears to hear, and hear not; for they are a rebellious
3Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, 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 are a
4And thou shalt bring forth thy stuff by day in their
sight, as stuff for removing; and thou shalt go forth thyself at even in
their sight, as when men go forth into exile.
5Dig thou through the wall
in their sight, and carry out thereby.
6In their sight shalt thou bear it
upon thy shoulder, and carry it forth in the dark; thou shalt cover thy face,
that thou see not the land: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of
7And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by
day, as stuff for removing, and in the even I digged through the wall with my
hand; I brought it forth in the dark, and bare it upon my shoulder in their
8And in the morning came the word of Jehovah unto me, saying,
9Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said
unto thee, What doest thou?
10Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord
Jehovah: This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the
house of Israel among whom they are.
11Say, I am your sign: like as I
have done, so shall it be done unto them; they shall go into exile, into
12And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his
shoulder in the dark, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to
carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, because he shall not see the land
with his eyes.
13My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be
taken in my snare; and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the
Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
will scatter toward every wind all that are round about him to help him, and
all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.
15And they shall
know that I am Jehovah, when I shall disperse them among the nations, and
scatter them through the countries.
16But I will leave a few men of them
from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may
declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they
shall know that I am Jehovah.
17Moreover the word of Jehovah came to me,
18Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water
with trembling and with fearfulness;
19and say unto the people of the
land, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and the land of Israel: They shall eat their bread with fearfulness, and
drink their water in dismay, that her land may be desolate, and
despoiled of all that is therein, because of the violence of all them
that dwell therein.
20And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid
waste, and the land shall be a desolation; and ye shall know that I am
21And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
man, what is this proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The
days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
23Tell them therefore, Thus
saith the Lord Jehovah: 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 fulfilment of every vision.
24For there shall be no more any
false vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.
I am Jehovah; I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall be
performed; it shall be no more deferred: for in your days, O rebellious
house, will I speak the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord Jehovah.
26Again the word of Jehovah came to me, saying,
27Son of man, behold,
they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many day to
come, and he prophesieth of times that are far off.
28Therefore say unto
them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: There shall none of my words be deferred
any more, but the word which I shall speak shall be performed, saith the Lord