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Ezekiel: Chapter 5

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1And you, O mortal, take a sharp sword; use it as a barber's razor and run it over your head and your beard; then take balances for weighing, and divide the hair. 2One third of the hair you shall burn in the fire inside the city, when the days of the siege are completed; one third you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city; a Cn: Heb and blessed be the glory of the LORD and one third you shall scatter to the wind, and I will unsheathe the sword after them. 3Then you shall take from these a small number, and bind them in the skirts of your robe. 4From these, again, you shall take some, throw them into the fire and burn them up; from there a fire will come out against all the house of Israel.

5Thus says the Lord GOD: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. 6But she has rebelled against my ordinances and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations and the countries all around her, rejecting my ordinances and not following my statutes. 7Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, and have not followed my statutes or kept my ordinances, but have acted according to the ordinances of the nations that are all around you; 8therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I, I myself, am coming against you; I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations. 9And because of all your abominations, I will do to you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again. 10Surely, parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children shall eat their parents; I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to every wind. 11Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations—therefore I will cut you down; b Two Mss Syr: Heb Chebar, and to where they lived. Another reading is Chebar, and I sat where they sat my eye will not spare, and I will have no pity. 12One third of you shall die of pestilence or be consumed by famine among you; one third shall fall by the sword around you; and one third I will scatter to every wind and will unsheathe the sword after them.

13My anger shall spend itself, and I will vent my fury on them and satisfy myself; and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken in my jealousy, when I spend my fury on them. 14Moreover I will make you a desolation and an object of mocking among the nations around you, in the sight of all that pass by. 15You shall be c Heb it a mockery and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations around you, when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and with furious punishments—I, the LORD, have spoken— 16when I loose against you d Another reading is I will withdraw my deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will let loose to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon you, and break your staff of bread. 17I will send famine and wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children; pestilence and bloodshed shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword upon you. I, the LORD, have spoken.

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a Cn: Heb and blessed be the glory of the LORD

b Two Mss Syr: Heb Chebar, and to where they lived. Another reading is Chebar, and I sat where they sat

a Heb it

b Another reading is I will withdraw

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4.1–24.27 : Part 2: Prophecies of doom against Judah and Jerusalem.

4.1–5.17 : Symbolic actions describing the coming siege of Jerusalem.

Like his speechlessness, these actions appear to be literary metaphors rather than observable performances (e.g., see 4.4–8n. ). In Ezekiel, reality is more complex than the merely observable.

4.1–3 :

A brick inscribed, before baking, with a drawing of Jerusalem. An iron plate, a baking griddle, symbolizing the barrier between the city and God.

4–8 :

At one level the postures commanded of Ezekiel illustrate the coming siege of Jerusalem and its duration. They also depict both God's pre‐siege punishments of Israel in the land (v. 5; see Lev 26.14–32 ) and God's post‐siege punishment of Judah in exile (v. 6; cf. Num 14.34 ).

5–6 :

The precise significance of the numbers is unclear.

9–17 :

Coarse bread and rationing symbolize the rigors of the coming siege of Jerusalem (cf. Jer 19.9; Lam 4.10 ).

9 :

The necessity of mixing grains indicates scarcity of foodstuffs.

10–11 :

Twenty shekels, approximately 228 gr (8 oz). One‐sixth of a hin, approximately .64 l (.67 qt).

12–13 :

Siege symbolism again blurs into exile symbolism here. Human dung, considered unclean (Deut 23.13 ), represents the defiling effects of exile to an unclean land. Zech 3.3–5 shows how those in the tradition of Ezekiel came to terms with this defilement after the exile. Ezekiel was allowed to substitute dried “cow dung” (v. 15 ), common fuel in the Near East.

14 :

Cf. Lev 17.10–16 .

16 :

Staff of bread, “food supply” (Lev 26.26 ).

5.1–17 :

The razor symbolizes military defeat (Isa 7.20 ). The defeated people are then destroyed in three different ways. Even their remnant undergoes further judgment.

5 :

Center of the nations, central priests, such as Ezekiel, viewed Jerusalem as the mythopoetic center of the earth (see 38.12 , “center [lit. navel] of the earth”; 43.13–17n. ).

10 :

Cannibalism was a curse for breaking the “Holiness Collection” covenant (Lev 26.29 ).

12 :

Pestilence, famine, and sword (also 6.11–12; 7.15; 12.16; 14.21 ) are also linked as modes of destruction in Lev 26.25–26 and in Jeremiah (e.g., Jer 14.12; 21.7 ).

13 :

They shall know …, 6.7n.

16 :

Staff of bread, 4.16n.

17 :

14.21; Lev 26.22 .

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