Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Ezekiel ~~- chapter 12 of 48 (28 verses.)

Ezekiel 12Wrench

Zeke Stages A Mock Exile To Warn Evil Israel
1 Yah's Word Again, ๐Ÿ˜‡, [back in Jerusalem] YHVH's Word comes [alive in] me.
2 Refusal To Learn / Intentional Ignorance *[YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ you live in the middle of a rebel pack. They have eyes to see. Yet [they] see nothing. They have ears to hear. Yet they hear nothing, because they're a [toxic,] bitter brood.
3 Missions/Outreach So, you โ€˜son of Adam,โ€™ prepare your supplies for [mock] exile. During the day, in the sight of [the Israelis], move out [of your house] to another place they can see. Maybe they'll consider, even though they're a rebellious breed.
More prophetic performance-art.
4 Art In the daylight, with the [Israelis] watching, haul your possessions out [of your dwelling] like you're moving. Then exit the city while the [Israelis] watch. [Stumble, jolt and lurch in pain] like slave [drivers] are [whipping] you out [of town in chains].
5 Guidance Dig [a hole] through the [city] wall while the [brutes] watch. Then carry out [your belongings] through [the hole].
Education through action.
6 Art While [your neighbors] watch, carry your pack out on your shoulders. Lug your stuff out [of town] at twilight. And cover your face so you can't see the land [you're leaving]. I'm making you into a [living] symbol [of the persecution coming to] the [wicked] House of Israel.โ€
7 Bondage So I execute all [YAH's] commands, ๐Ÿ˜‡. In the daylight, I haul out my stuff ([bare-essential] possessions slaves typically [carry into exile]). Then at twilight I dig through the [city] wall with my hand[s]. As night falls, I lug out [more belongings]. I carry [bags] on my shoulders. [My neighbors] watch, [jeering].
8 Yah's Word Then in the morning YHVH's Word comes [alive] in me:
Revelation follows obedience.
9 Art โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ the house of Israel, that pack of rebels, keep asking you, โ€˜What are you doing?โ€™
Real Biblical communication provokes intense curiosity, not boredom.
10 Spiritual Vision You answer them, โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€œThis prophetic [hauling exhibition] is [a prefiguration] of [the exile] of [king] Zedekiah, the [evil] leader of Jerusalem, and the whole โ€˜houseโ€™ of Israel with him.โ€™
lit: "this grief concerns the chief."
11 Bondage Say, โ€˜I'm your sign. As I [move in haste, soldiers] advance to make the [people of Jerusalem] move [from their homeland] into slavery.โ€™
12 Oppression Even [Israel's top] leader soon carries his slave-load on his shoulder in the twilight. They come to sneak out [of Jerusalem] by digging a [hole] through the wall so they can carry out [their valuables]. They cover their faces, [too sad] to see the [promised] land [they're forever leaving behind].
13 Oppression I [YHVH] soon spread my net over [Judea's evil leader]. My snare traps him. I haul him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans. His [poked-out eyes] never get to see [Babylon], though he dies there.
Babylon's emperor blinds Zedekiah. 2 Ki 25:7. Jer 39:7.
14 Usurpance / Abuse Of Authority I scatter to every wind everyone around [the evil leader], including all his troops. They [promise in vain] to help him. I draw out [my] sword. [I] chase the [war-criminals to their deaths].
15 Punishment At last, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the [Israelis] realize that I am YHVH {The-Eternal-Creator}, when I scatter them among the beast-nations. I disperse them in [earth's] countries.
16 Redemption But after the sword, the famine, and the plague [decimate Israel], I leave a few [Israeli] men [alive,] so that among the beast-nations where they go, the [survivors] can confess all their abominations, once they realize I am YHVH {Living-Omnipresence}.โ€
17 Yah's Word Later, YHVH's word again comes [alive in] me, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
18 Art [YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ as you eat your food [in public,] shake [like you're terrified]. Drink your water with anxious, trembling [hands].
Prophetic drama.
19 War *And say to the people of the land, โ€˜Adonai YHVH warns the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel: [you] come to eat your bread in anxiety. You drink your water in horror, seeing your land and everything in it desolated [to punish] the violence of all its inhabitants.
20 War [Soldiers] come to waste your populous cities. [Marauders] desolate your farmland. Then you grasp that I am YHVH {Everywhere-All-The-Time}.โ€™โ€
21 Yah's Word Again, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the word of YHVH comes [alive in] me.
22 Unbelief [YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ remember that proverb that you [hear] in the land of Israel? [People] whine, โ€˜The days churn on and on [monotonously], proving every [prophetic] vision a failure.โ€™
23 Spiritual Vision In response, tell the [Israelis], โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€˜I soon put an end to that proverb. People stop quoting that saying in Israel. Warn them, โ€œThe days are at hand when [YAH] effects every vision [he ever inspired].โ€™โ€™
24 Counterfeit Judeo-Christian Religion I stop the destructive [false] visions. [I silence the] smooth-talking [lying] divination in the house of Israel.
25 Punishment For I am YHVH {The-Eternal}. I speak, and the prediction I speak happens. I'm not waiting anymore. In your days, you pack of rebels, I come to utter and execute your [death] sentence[s],โ€ warns Adonai YHVH.
26 Yah's Word YHVH's Word comes [alive in] me again, ๐Ÿ˜‡:
27 Spiritual Blindness [YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ look: people in the house of Israel keep saying, โ€˜The vision [Ezekiel] sees regards days far in the future. He prophesies of faraway times.โ€™
28 Spiritual Vision So say to these [Israelis], โ€˜Adonai YHVH warns, โ€œNone of my predictions [about you] will wait [for fulfillment]. [I] execute every word I foretell,โ€ says Adonai YHVH.โ€™โ€