12Again a message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 2“Son of man, you live among rebels who have eyes but refuse to see. They have ears but refuse to hear. For they are a rebellious people.H1121H120H3427H8432H4805H1004H5869H7200H7200H241H8085H8085H4805H1004 3“So now, son of man, pretend you are being sent into exile. Pack the few items an exile could carry, and leave your home to go somewhere else. Do this right in front of the people so they can see you. For perhaps they will pay attention to this, even though they are such rebels.H1121H120H6213H3627H1473H1540H3119H5869H1540H4725H312H4725H5869H7200H4805H1004 4Bring your baggage outside during the day so they can watch you. Then in the evening, as they are watching, leave your house as captives do when they begin a long march to distant lands.H3318H3627H3119H5869H3627H1473H3318H6153H5869H4161H1473 5Dig a hole through the wall while they are watching and go out through it.H2864H7023H5869H3318 6As they watch, lift your pack to your shoulders and walk away into the night. Cover your face so you cannot see the land you are leaving. For I have made you a sign for the people of Israel.”H5869H5375H3802H3318H5939H3680H6440H7200H776H5414H4159H1004H3478 7So I did as I was told. In broad daylight I brought my pack outside, filled with the things I might carry into exile. Then in the evening while the people looked on, I dug through the wall with my hands and went out into the night with my pack on my shoulder.H6213H6680H3318H3627H3119H3627H1473H6153H2864H7023H3027H3318H5939H5375H3802H5869 8The next morning this message came to me from the Lord:H1242H1697H3068H559 9“Son of man, these rebels, the people of Israel, have asked you what all this means.H1121H120H1004H3478H4805H1004H559H6213 10Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: These actions contain a message for King Zedekiah in Jerusalem and for all the people of Israel.’H559H559H136H3069H4853H5387H3389H1004H3478H8432 11Explain that your actions are a sign to show what will soon happen to them, for they will be driven into exile as captives.H559H4159H6213H6213H1473H3212H7628 12“Even Zedekiah will leave Jerusalem at night through a hole in the wall, taking only what he can carry with him. He will cover his face, and his eyes will not see the land he is leaving.H5387H8432H5375H3802H5939H3318H2864H7023H3318H3680H6440H3282H7200H776H5869 13Then I will throw my net over him and capture him in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Babylonians, though he will never see it, and he will die there.H7568H6566H8610H4686H935H894H776H3778H7200H4191 14I will scatter his servants and warriors to the four winds and send the sword after them.H2219H7307H5439H5828H102H7324H2719H310 15And when I scatter them among the nations, they will know that I am the Lord.H3045H3068H6327H1471H2219H776 16But I will spare a few of them from death by war, famine, or disease, so they can confess all their detestable sins to their captors. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”H3498H4557H582H2719H7458H1698H5608H8441H1471H935H3045H3068 17Then this message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 18“Son of man, tremble as you eat your food. Shake with fear as you drink your water.H1121H120H398H3899H7494H8354H4325H7269H1674 19Tell the people, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says concerning those living in Israel and Jerusalem: They will eat their food with trembling and sip their water in despair, for their land will be stripped bare because of their violence.H559H5971H127H559H136H3069H3427H3389H776H3478H398H3899H1674H8354H4325H8078H776H3456H4393H2555H3427 20The cities will be destroyed and the farmland made desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”H5892H3427H2717H776H8077H3045H3068 21Again a message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 22“Son of man, you’ve heard that proverb they quote in Israel: ‘Time passes, and prophecies come to nothing.’H1121H120H4912H127H3478H559H3117H748H2377H6 23Tell the people, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will put an end to this proverb, and you will soon stop quoting it.’ Now give them this new proverb to replace the old one: ‘The time has come for every prophecy to be fulfilled!’H559H559H136H3069H4912H7673H4911H3478H1696H3117H7126H1697H2377 24“There will be no more false visions and flattering predictions in Israel.H7723H2377H2509H4738H8432H1004H3478 25For I am the Lord! If I say it, it will happen. There will be no more delays, you rebels of Israel. I will fulfill my threat of destruction in your own lifetime. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”H3068H1696H1697H1696H6213H4900H3117H4805H1004H1696H1697H6213H5002H136H3069 26Then this message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 27“Son of man, the people of Israel are saying, ‘He’s talking about the distant future. His visions won’t come true for a long, long time.’H1121H120H1004H3478H559H2377H2372H7227H3117H5012H6256H7350 28Therefore, tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No more delay! I will now do everything I have threatened. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!’”H559H559H136H3069H1697H4900H1697H1696H6213H5002H136H3069
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