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.
5:1 “As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor. 8 Shave off some of the hair from your head and your beard. 9 Then take scales and divide up the hair you cut off. 5:2 Burn a third of it in the fire inside the city when the days of your siege are completed. Take a third and slash it with a sword all around the city. Scatter a third to the wind, and I will unleash a sword behind them. 5:3 But take a few strands of hair 10 from those and tie them in the ends of your garment. 11 5:4 Again, take more of them and throw them into the fire, 12 and burn them up. From there a fire will spread to all the house of Israel.
12:3 “Therefore, son of man, pack up your belongings as if for exile. During the day, while they are watching, pretend to go into exile. Go from where you live to another place. Perhaps they will understand, 13 although they are a rebellious house. 12:4 Bring out your belongings packed for exile during the day while they are watching. And go out at evening, while they are watching, as if for exile. 12:5 While they are watching, dig a hole in the wall and carry your belongings out through it. 12:6 While they are watching, raise your baggage onto your shoulder and carry it out in the dark. 14 You must cover your face so that you cannot see the ground 15 because I have made you an object lesson 16 to the house of Israel.”
24:3 Recite a proverb to this rebellious house 17 and say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:
“‘Set on the pot, 18 set it on,
pour water in it too;
24:4 add the pieces of meat to it,
every good piece,
the thigh and the shoulder;
fill it with choice bones.
24:5 Take the choice bone of the flock,
heap up bones under it;
and boil its bones in it.
37:16 “As for you, son of man, take one branch, and write on it, ‘For Judah, and for the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another branch and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the branch of Ephraim and all the house of Israel associated with him.’
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.
8 tn The Hebrew word occurs only here in the OT.
9 tn Heb, “pass (it) over your head and your beard.”
10 tn Heb “from there a few in number.” The word “strands” has been supplied in the translation for clarification.
12 tn Heb “into the midst of” (so KJV, ASV). This phrase has been left untranslated for stylistic reasons.
15 tn Or “land” (ASV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).
17 sn The book of Ezekiel frequently refers to the Israelites as a rebellious house (Ezek 2:5, 6, 8; 3:9, 26-27; 12:2-3, 9, 25; 17:12; 24:3).