Under the type of a siege is shewed the time from the defection of Jeroboam to the captivity.
Ezekiel 4:1 Thou sonne of man: take a tylle stone, & laye it before the, and descrybe vpon it the cytie of Ierusalem, Ezekiel 4:2 how it is beseged, how bulworckes & stronge dyches are grauen on euery syde of it: descrybe also tentes, and an hooste of men rounde aboute it. Ezekiel 4:3 Moreouer, take an yron panne, and set it betwixte the and the cyte, insteade of an yron wall. Then set thy face towarde it, besege it, and laye ordynaunce agaynst it, to wynne it. This shalbe a token vnto the house of Israel. Ezekiel 4:4 But thou shalt slepe vpon thy left syde, and laye the sinne of the house of Israell vpon the. Certayne dayes appoynted, thou shalt slepe vpon that syde, and beare their synnes. Ezekiel 4:5 Neuerthelesse, I wyll appoynte the a tyme (to put of their sinnes) and the nombre of the dayes: Thre hundreth and .xc. dayes muste thou beare the wyckednesse of the house of Israell. Ezekiel 4:6 When thou hast fulfylled these dayes lye downe agayne, and slepe vpon thy right syde .xl. dayes, and beare the synnes of the house of Iuda. A daye for a yeare, a daye (I saye) for a yeare, wyll I euer laye vpon the. Ezekiel 4:7 Therfore set now thy face agaynst that beseged Ierusalem, and dyscouer thyne arme, that thou mayest prophecye agaynst it. Ezekiel 4:8 Beholde, I wyll laye chaynes vpon the, that thou shalt not turne the frome one side to another, tyll thou haste ended the dayes of thy sege.
By the provision of the siege is shewed the hardness of the famine.
Ezekiel 4:9 Wherfore, take vnto the wheate, barlye beanes, growell sede, Millium and fitches: and put these together in a vessell, and make the loaues of bred therof, accordynge to the nombre of the dayes that thou must lye vpon thy side: that thou mayeste haue bred to eate, for thre hundreth and .xc. dayes. Ezekiel 4:10 And the meate that thou eatest, shall haue a certayne wayght appoynted: namely twentye sicles euery daye. This apoynted meate shalt thou eate daylye, from the begynnynge to the ende. Ezekiel 4:11 Thou shalt dryncke also a certayne measure of water: Namely, the syxte parte of an Hin shalt thou dryncke daylye from the begynnynge vnto the ende. Ezekiel 4:12 Barlye cakes shalt thou eate, yet shalt thou fyrste stracke them ouer with mans donge, that they maye se it. Ezekiel 4:13 And with that sayde the Lorde: Euen thus shall the chyldren of Israel eate their defiled bred in the myddest of the Gentyles, amonge whom I wyll scatre them. Ezekiel 4:14 Then sayde I: Oh Lorde God. Beholde, my soule was yet neuer stayned: for fro my youth vp vnto this houre. I did neuer eate of a deed carcase, or of that whiche was slayne of wylde beastes, nether cam there euer eny vncleane flesh in my mouth. Ezekiel 4:15 Wher vnto he answered me, and sayde Well than, I wyll graunte the to take cowes donge, for the donge of a man, and to strake the bred ouer with all, before them. Ezekiel 4:16 And he sayde vnto me: Beholde thou sonne of man, I wyll mynishe all the prouisyon of bred in Ierusalem, so þt they shall wepe theyr bred, and eate it with scarcenesse. But as for water, they shall haue a verye lytle measure therof, to dryncke. Ezekiel 4:17 And when they haue nomore bred ner water, one shall be destroyed wyth another, and famyshe awaye for their wyckednesse.