Ezequiel 12

1 And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,

2 Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see and see not. They have ears to hear and hear not, for they [are] a rebellious house.

3 Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself vessels for exile, and go into exile by day before their eyes. And you shall be exiled from your place to another place before their eyes. It may be they will consider, though they [are] a rebellious house.

4 And you shall bring out your vessels, as vessels for exile, by day before their eyes. And you shall go out at evening before their eyes, as those going into exile.

5 Dig through the wall before their eyes, and carry out through it.

6 Before their eyes you shall carry [it] on [your] shoulders, carry it out in the dark. You shall cover your face so that you do not see the ground, for I have set you as a sign to the house of Israel.

7 And I did as I was commanded. By day I brought out my vessel as a vessel for exile. And in the evening I dug by hand through the wall. I brought [it] out in the dark, and I carried it on [my] shoulder before their eyes.

8 And in the morning the Word of the LORD [came] to me, saying,

9 Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, What are you doing?

10 Say to them, So says the Lord Jehovah: This burden [concerns] the king in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel among them.

11 Say, I [am] your sign: As I have done, so it shall be done to them. They shall go into exile, into captivity.

12 And the king who [is] among them shall carry [burdens] on [his] shoulder in the dark, and shall go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry out by it. He shall hide his face so that he does not see the ground with his] eye.

13 I will also spread My net on him, and He shall be taken in My snare. And I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans. Yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.

14 And I will scatter to every wind all who [are] around him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.

15 And they shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations and scatter them in the countries.

16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the plague, so that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they come. And they shall know that I [am] the LORD.

17 And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,

18 Son of man, eat your bread with quaking and drink your water with trembling and anxiety.

19 And say to the people of the land: So says the Lord Jehovah of the people of Jerusalem [and] of the land of Israel: They shall eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water with horror, so that her land may be desolated of her fullness, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it.

20 And the cities that have people shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate. And you shall know that I [am] the LORD.

21 And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,

22 Son of man, what [is] this proverb [that] you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days will go on and every vision shall fail?

23 Therefore tell them, So says the Lord Jehovah: I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel. But say to them, The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision.

24 For there shall never again be any vain vision nor slippery divination within the house of Israel.

25 For I, the LORD, will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall be done. It shall no more be delayed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and will do it, says the Lord Jehovah.

26 And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,

27 Son of man, behold, the house of Israel says, The vision that he sees [is] for many days to come, and he prophesies of the times that are far off.

28 Therefore say to them, So says the Lord Jehovah: There shall none of my words be delayed any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, says the Lord Jehovah.