“Also take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt. Put them in a single container and make them into bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the number of days you lie on your side, 390 days. 10 The food you eat each day will weigh eight ounces;[a] you will eat it at set times.[b] 11 You will also drink a ration of water, a sixth of a gallon,[c] which you will drink at set times. 12 You will eat it as you would a barley cake and bake it over dried human excrement in their sight.” 13 The Lord said, “This is how the Israelites will eat their bread—ceremonially unclean—among the nations where I will banish them.”(A)

14 But I said, “Oh, Lord God, I have never been defiled. From my youth until now I have not eaten anything that died naturally or was mauled by wild beasts.(B) And impure meat has never entered my mouth.”(C)

15 He replied to me, “Look, I will let you use cow dung instead of human excrement, and you can make your bread over that.”

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Footnotes

  1. 4:10 Lit 20 shekels
  2. 4:10 Lit from time to time, also in v. 11
  3. 4:11 Lit hin

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