Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Ezekiel ~~- chapter 24 of 48 (27 verses.)

Ezekiel 24Wrench

Ezekiel Predicts Babylon's Siege of Jerusalem
1 Yah's Word Then, ๐Ÿ˜‡, on the 10th day of the 10th month of the 9th year [since Babylon captured Judea's evil king Jehoachin], YHVH's Word again comes [alive in] me:
2 War [YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ inscribe todays date โ€” this very day. For today the Babylonian Emperor appoints his [Empire] to attack Jerusalem.
3 Punishment Quote the [following] metaphor to [my] rebel House. Say to them, โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€œSet a pot on the hearthstone. Light the [fire]. Then pour water into [the pot].
4 Punishment Gather pieces of [meat] into the [pot]. [Put in] every good piece [including] the thigh, and the shoulder. Fill the [pot] with the best bony [pieces].
5 Healthy Food [Cook] the best [meat-animal] in your flock. Under the pot, [pile plenty of wood] to boil the bones. Let the stew steep in the bone-broth.โ€™
Bone-broth is essential food for humans. Without it, your teeth and bones wither and rot.
6 Judgment [With this analogy,] Adonai YHVH says, โ€œWoe to this city [drenched in] blood-guilt. It's a pot coated in un-removable rust scum! [Smash the pot! Soldiers,] haul it away piece by [broken] piece. No one even casts lots to [win such nasty pots].
โ€œVerdigrisโ€ (oxidized green-blue copper carbonate) appears only in this one chapter in the entire bible. Babylon doesn't bother to portion out Judea in lots. Babylon destroys Judea, then abandons it.
7 Murder The blood [Israel spilled] lies [festering] at her core. She [dumps] her [victims'] blood on top of weathered crag[s]. She doesn't [even] pour [her victims' vital fluid] upon the soil, [where it would soak in to hide her crimes]. She's [too arrogant] to cover [her murder evidence] with dirt.
8 Revenge So [I] fire up fury. [I] wreak vengeance [on behalf of the innocent slain]. I spill [the tyrants'] blood upon the top of a weathered rock, where it can't be hidden.โ€™
9 Political Evil My-Adonai YHVH cries, โ€˜Woe to the city of blood[shed]! I spiral high her bonfire.
10 Punishment Heap on wood! Flare up, fire. Consume the [sinners'] flesh. Dump in the spices! Incinerate the [criminals'] bones!
11 Corruption *Leave the empty [pot] on the coals. Heat it 'til its copper [bottom] glows. Melt the impurity inside [Israel]. Bring her corrosion to an end.
12 Corruption *She wears herself [out] with lies. Her sickening scum permanently builds up inside her. [So] fire comes to devour her disease.
13 Corruption [I see] your filthy lewdness. [So] I keep purging you [Israelis]. Yet your filth remains. You never again come clean until my chemical-burns subside.
14 Judgment I YHVH speak [your future]. My inexorable action comes. I won't turn back. I won't spare [you]. I won't recant. [I give you] exactly what your life-paths merit. Your own practices [stand up] to judge you,โ€ decrees Adonai YHVH.
Ezekiel's Words Result in His Wife's Death
15 Yah's Word Again, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the word of YHVH comes [alive in] me:
16 Death *โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ watch: in one stroke, I take away from you the desire of your eyes. Yet you don't wail. You don't lament. Not one tear runs down [your face].
17 Death Stifle your cries, [Ezekiel]. Avoid mourning the dead. Bind your turban on your head. Strap your shoes on your feet. Don't cover [or muffle] your lip. Don't eat the food people [bring you].โ€
18 Murder *The [next] morning, I confront the [evil Judean] people, ๐Ÿ˜‡. That evening [the angry mob] kills my wife! [The next] morning I do as [YAH] commands.
Are you bold enough to speak prophecies that could get your family killed? Few Churchgoers are that bold.
19 Communication *The people ask me, โ€œWon't you tell us why you're [failing to mourn your dead wife, who got killed because you wouldn't stop prophesying]?โ€
20 Yah's Word So I answer the [angry mob], โ€œThe word of YHVH comes to me:
21 Counterfeit Judeo-Christian Religion [YAH says,] โ€œConfront the house of Israel. Say, โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€˜Watch me dissolve my sanctuary: your pride, your strength, the desire of your eyes, the [edifice] your soul[s] cherish. Your abandoned sons and daughters come to fall by the sword [of war].
22 Oppression Like [I, Ezekiel today mourn my wife in silence, slave-driving soldiers soon prevent] you [Judeans from mourning]. [Marauders don't] let you [carry shawls to muffle your crying] lips. [In exile, no sympathizers bring you] food to eat.
23 Oppression Turbans on your heads, and shoes on your feet, [you wicked Israelites march away. Your captors, the soldiers, beat you] when you wail or cry. You waste away because of your perversities. You groan [quietly] to each other [so the slave-drivers won't hear you and whip you again].
A different interpretation suggests that they won't moan the deaths of their relatives because their hearts are so cold.
24 Bondage So [my prophet] Ezekiel's [quiet mourning] foretells your [future]. You [Israelites] come to copy all his [un-natural grieving behavior]. When this happens, you realize that I, YHVH, am Sovereign.โ€™
25 Punishment So, โ€˜son of Adamโ€™, I [come soon to] take away [Judea's] strength, their crowning joy, the delight of their eyes, the thing[s] they live and breathe for, [including] their sons and their daughters.
26 Punishment [See your future, Ezekiel:] On the day [Jerusalem falls], a [man] escapes. He flees to you. He speaks [Judea's tragic] news in your ears.
27 Spiritual Vision That same day, I [YHVH] open your mouth to speak [my word] to the escaped [messenger]. You speak. [You] break your silence [regarding Jerusalem's demise. These events] become another sign to the [Jews. Your accurate predictions help them] see that I am YHVH {The-Sole-Omni-Temporal-Presence}.โ€
Between Ezekiel's wife's death and when the messenger came to Ezekiel to tell him Jerusalem had fallen, Ezekiel apparently prophesied regarding other nations, but not about Judea.