Under the type of a siege is shewed the time from the defection of Jeroboam to the captivity.
Ezekiel 4:1 Thou, therefore, O son of man, Take thee a tile, and lay it before thee,and portray thereon a city, even Jerusalem. Ezekiel 4:2 Then shalt thou lay siege against it, And build up against it a siege-wall, And cast up against it, a mound,And set against it camps, And place against it battering-rams, round about. Ezekiel 4:3 Thou, therefore, take thee a pan of iron, and set it for a wall of iron, between thee and the city,then shalt thou direct thy face against it, and it shall come into siege, and thou shalt lay siege to it, a sign, shall it be, to the house of Israel. Ezekiel 4:4 Thou, therefore, lie thou on thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel, upon it,during the number of the days which thou shalt lie thereon, shalt thou bear their punishment. Ezekiel 4:5 I, therefore, have appointed thee the years of their punishment, by the number of days, a hundred and ninety days,so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. Ezekiel 4:6 And, when thou hast ended these, then shalt thou lie, on thy right side, a second, time, and shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah,forty days, one day for each year, have I appointed thee. Ezekiel 4:7 Thus then, unto the siege of Jerusalem, shalt thou direct thy face, with thine arm made bare,so shalt thou prophesy against it. Ezekiel 4:8 And lo! I have laid upon theebands,and thou shalt not turn thee from thy one side to thine other, until thou have ended the days of thy siege.
By the provision of the siege is shewed the hardness of the famine.
Ezekiel 4:9 Thou, therefore, take thee wheat and barley and peas and lentils and millet and spelt, and put them in one, vessel, and make them ready for thee as bread,during the number of days which thou, art lying on thy side, a hundred and ninety days, shalt thou eat it; Ezekiel 4:10 and, thy food, which thou shalt eat, shall be, by weight, twenty shekels a day,from time to time, shalt thou eat it; Ezekiel 4:11 and, water, by measure, shalt thou drink, the sixth part of a hin,from time to time shalt thou drink; Ezekiel 4:12 and, as a barley cake, shalt thou eat it,and, the same, with dung proceeding from man, shalt thou bake, before their eyes. Ezekiel 4:13 Then said Yahweh, In like manner, shall the sons of Israel eat their bread, defiled,among the nations, whither I will drive them. Ezekiel 4:14 Then said, I, Ah! My Lord, Yahweh, lo! my person, hath not been defiled: neither of what hath died of itself, nor of what hath been torn in pieces: have I eaten, from my youthful days even unto now, neither hath come into my mouth, the flesh of a foul thing. Ezekiel 4:15 So then he said unto me, See, I have granted thee, cow's dung for man's dung,and thou shalt prepare thy bread thereupon. Ezekiel 4:16 And he said unto me, Son of man, Behold me! breaking the staff of bread in Jerusalem, So shall they eat bread by weight, and with anxious care, And, water, by measure, and in astonishment, shall they drink: Ezekiel 4:17 that they may lack bread and water and be astonished one with another, and pine away in their punishment.