The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

“And you, (A)son of man, (B)take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem. (C)And put siegeworks against it, (D)and build a siege wall against it, (E)and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, (F)and plant battering rams against it all around. And you, take an iron griddle, and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; (G)and set your face toward it, (H)and let it be in a state of siege, and press the siege against it. This is (I)a sign for the house of Israel.

“Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment[a] of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you lie on it, (J)you shall bear their punishment. For I assign to you a number of days, (K)390 days, (L)equal to the number of the years of their punishment. (M)So long shall you bear (N)the punishment of the house of Israel. And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and (O)bear (P)the punishment of the house of Judah. (Q)Forty days I assign you, a day for each year. (R)And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, (S)with your arm bared, and you shall prophesy against the city. And behold, (T)I will place cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from one side to the other, till you have completed (U)the days of your siege.

“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer,[b] and put them into a single vessel and make your (V)bread from them. (W)During the number of days that you lie on your side, (X)390 days, you shall eat it. 10 And your food that you eat shall be (Y)by weight, (Z)twenty shekels[c] a day; from day to day[d] you shall eat it. 11 And water you shall drink (AA)by measure, the sixth part of a hin;[e] from day to day you shall drink. 12 And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it (AB)in their sight on human dung.” 13 And the Lord said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat (AC)their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.” 14 Then I said, (AD)“Ah, Lord God! Behold, I have never defiled myself.[f] (AE)From my youth up till now I have never eaten (AF)what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has (AG)tainted meat come into my mouth.” 15 Then he said to me, “See, I assign to you cow's dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.” 16 Moreover, he said to me, (AH)“Son of man, behold, (AI)I will break the supply[g] of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread (AJ)by weight and with anxiety, and they shall drink water (AK)by measure and in dismay. 17 I will do this that they may lack bread and water, and (AL)look at one another in dismay, and (AM)rot away because of their punishment.


  1. Ezekiel 4:4 Or iniquity; also verses 5, 6, 17
  2. Ezekiel 4:9 A type of wheat
  3. Ezekiel 4:10 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
  4. Ezekiel 4:10 Or at a set time daily; also verse 11
  5. Ezekiel 4:11 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
  6. Ezekiel 4:14 Hebrew my soul (or throat) has never been made unclean
  7. Ezekiel 4:16 Hebrew staff

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 I (A)waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and (B)heard my cry.
He drew me up from (C)the pit of destruction,
    out of (D)the miry bog,
and (E)set my feet upon a rock,
    (F)making my steps secure.
He put (G)a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will (H)see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who (I)makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who (J)go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your (K)wondrous deeds and your (L)thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are (M)more than can be told.

(N)In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (O)ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written (P)of me:
(Q)I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is (R)within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance[b]
    in (S)the great congregation;
behold, I have not (T)restrained my lips,
    (U)as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your (V)steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have (W)encompassed me
    beyond number;
my (X)iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot (Y)see;
they are (Z)more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart (AA)fails me.

13 (AB)Be pleased, O Lord, to (AC)deliver me!
    O Lord, (AD)make haste to help me!
14 (AE)Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be (AF)turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who (AG)say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    (AH)say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am (AI)poor and needy,
    but (AJ)the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

41 (AK)Blessed is the one who considers the poor![c]
    (AL)In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you (AM)do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.[d]

As for me, I said, “O Lord, (AN)be gracious to me;
    (AO)heal me,[e] for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, (AP)he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.[f]

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[g] on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my (AQ)close friend in whom I trusted,
    who (AR)ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that (AS)you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But (AT)you have upheld me because of (AU)my integrity,
    and (AV)set me in your presence (AW)forever.

13 (AX)Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.


  1. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me
  2. Psalm 40:9 Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10
  3. Psalm 41:1 Or weak
  4. Psalm 41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed
  5. Psalm 41:4 Hebrew my soul
  6. Psalm 41:7 Or they devise evil against me
  7. Psalm 41:8 Or has fastened

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