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Ezekiel 4:3-5

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4:3 Then for your part take an iron frying pan 1  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 2  for the house of Israel.

4:4 “Also for your part lie on your left side and place the iniquity 3  of the house of Israel on it. For the number of days you lie on your side you will bear their iniquity. 4:5 I have determined that the number of the years of their iniquity are to be the number of days 4  for you – 390 days. 5  So bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 

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

2 tn That is, a symbolic object lesson.

3 tn Or “punishment” (also in vv. 5, 6).

4 tn Heb “I have assigned for you that the years of their iniquity be the number of days.” Num 14:33-34 is an example of the reverse, where the days were converted into years, the number of days spying out the land becoming the number of years of the wilderness wanderings.

5 tc The LXX reads “190 days.”

sn The significance of the number 390 is not clear. The best explanation is that “days” are used figuratively for years and the number refers to the years of the sinfulness of Israel during the period of the First Temple. Some understand the number to refer to the length of the division of the northern and southern kingdoms down to the fall of Jerusalem (931-586 b.c.), but this adds up to only 345 years.

6 tn Or “When you have carried the iniquity of the house of Israel,” and continuing on to the next verse.



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