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Ezekiel 4:1-3

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Ominous Object Lessons

4:1 “And you, son of man, take a brick 1  and set it in front of you. Inscribe 2  a city on it – Jerusalem. 4:2 Lay siege to it! Build siege works against it. Erect a siege ramp 3  against it! Post soldiers outside it 4  and station battering rams around it. 4:3 Then for your part take an iron frying pan 5  and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face toward it. It is to be under siege; you are to besiege it. This is a sign 6  for the house of Israel.

1 sn Ancient Near Eastern bricks were 10 to 24 inches long and 6 to 13 1/2 inches wide.

2 tn Or perhaps “draw.”

3 tn Or “a barricade.”

4 tn Heb “set camps against it.”

5 tn Or “a griddle,” that is, some sort of plate for cooking.

6 tn That is, a symbolic object lesson.



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