Ezekiel 12
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1  The word of Hashem came to me:

א  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃

2  O mortal, you dwell among the rebellious breed. They have eyes to see but see not, ears to hear but hear not; for they are a rebellious breed.

ב  בֶּן־אָדָם בְּתוֹךְ בֵּית־הַמֶּרִי אַתָּה יֹשֵׁב אֲשֶׁר עֵינַיִם לָהֶם לִרְאוֹת וְלֹא רָאוּ אָזְנַיִם לָהֶם לִשְׁמֹעַ וְלֹא שָׁמֵעוּ כִּי בֵּית מְרִי הֵם׃

3  Therefore, mortal, get yourself gear for exile, and go into exile by day before their eyes. Go into exile from your home to another place before their very eyes; perhaps they will take note, even though they are a rebellious breed.

ג  וְאַתָּה בֶן־אָדָם עֲשֵׂה לְךָ כְּלֵי גוֹלָה וּגְלֵה יוֹמָם לְעֵינֵיהֶם וְגָלִיתָ מִמְּקוֹמְךָ אֶל־מָקוֹם אַחֵר לְעֵינֵיהֶם אוּלַי יִרְאוּ כִּי בֵּית מְרִי הֵמָּה׃

4  Carry out your gear as gear for exile by day before their very eyes; and go out again in the evening before their eyes, as one who goes out into exile.

ד  וְהוֹצֵאתָ כֵלֶיךָ כִּכְלֵי גוֹלָה יוֹמָם לְעֵינֵיהֶם וְאַתָּה תֵּצֵא בָעֶרֶב לְעֵינֵיהֶם כְּמוֹצָאֵי גּוֹלָה׃

5  Before their eyes, break through the wall and carry [the gear] out through it;

ה  לְעֵינֵיהֶם חֲתָר־לְךָ בַקִּיר וְהוֹצֵאתָ בּוֹ׃

6  before their eyes, carry it on your shoulder. Take it out in the dark, and cover your face that you may not see the land; for I make you a portent to the House of Yisrael.

ו  לְעֵינֵיהֶם עַל־כָּתֵף תִּשָּׂא בָּעֲלָטָה תוֹצִיא פָּנֶיךָ תְכַסֶּה וְלֹא תִרְאֶה אֶת־הָאָרֶץ כִּי־מוֹפֵת נְתַתִּיךָ לְבֵית יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

7  I did just as I was ordered: I took out my gear by day as gear for exile, and in the evening I broke through the wall with my own hands. In the darkness I carried [the gear] out on my shoulder, carrying it before their eyes.

ז  וָאַעַשׂ כֵּן כַּאֲשֶׁר צֻוֵּיתִי כֵּלַי הוֹצֵאתִי כִּכְלֵי גוֹלָה יוֹמָם וּבָעֶרֶב חָתַרְתִּי־לִי בַקִּיר בְּיָד בָּעֲלָטָה הוֹצֵאתִי עַל־כָּתֵף נָשָׂאתִי לְעֵינֵיהֶם׃

8  In the morning, the word of Hashem came to me:

ח  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֵלַי בַּבֹּקֶר לֵאמֹר׃

9  O mortal, did not the House of Yisrael, that rebellious breed, ask you, “What are you doing?”

ט  בֶּן־אָדָם הֲלֹא אָמְרוּ אֵלֶיךָ בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל בֵּית הַמֶּרִי מָה אַתָּה עֹשֶׂה׃

10  Say to them: “Thus said Hashem: This pronouncement concerns the prince in Yerushalayim and all the House of Yisrael who are in it.”

e-MOR a-lay-HEM KOH a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM ha-na-SEE ha-ma-SA ha-ZEH bee-ru-sha-LA-im v’-khol BAYT yis-ra-AYL a-sher HAY-mah v’-to-KHAM

י  אֱמֹר אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהֹוִה הַנָּשִׂיא הַמַּשָּׂא הַזֶּה בִּירוּשָׁלַ ִם וְכָל־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר־הֵמָּה בְתוֹכָם׃

12:10  This pronouncement concerns the prince

In this chapter, Yechezkel acts out the scene of a person carrying the barest provisions, digging a hole under a stone wall. According to the Malbim, these actions reflect the behavior of King Tzidkiyahu. Instead of listening to the prophet Yirmiyahu and submitting to Babylonia, the Babylonian-appointed king of Yehuda attempts to abandon his people by disguising himself and fleeing the siege. However, he is apprehended by the enemy and brought to Babylonia in chains. As hard as it was to surrender, it was the will of God. By refusing to listen and running away, Tzidkiyahu seals his fate. We must follow Hashem’s will even when is not easy, because that path is ultimately best for us.Comment

11  Say: “I am a portent for you: As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall go into exile, into captivity.

יא  אֱמֹר אֲנִי מוֹפֶתְכֶם כַּאֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתִי כֵּן יֵעָשֶׂה לָהֶם בַּגּוֹלָה בַשְּׁבִי יֵלֵכוּ׃

12  And the prince among them shall carry his gear on his shoulder as he goes out in the dark. He shall break through the wall in order to carry [his gear] out through it; he shall cover his face, because he himself shall not see the land with his eyes.”

יב  וְהַנָּשִׂיא אֲשֶׁר־בְּתוֹכָם אֶל־כָּתֵף יִשָּׂא בָּעֲלָטָה וְיֵצֵא בַּקִּיר יַחְתְּרוּ לְהוֹצִיא בוֹ פָּנָיו יְכַסֶּה יַעַן אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יִרְאֶה לַעַיִן הוּא אֶת־הָאָרֶץ׃

13  I will spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, but he shall not see it; and there he shall die.

יג  וּפָרַשְׂתִּי אֶת־רִשְׁתִּי עָלָיו וְנִתְפַּשׂ בִּמְצוּדָתִי וְהֵבֵאתִי אֹתוֹ בָבֶלָה אֶרֶץ כַּשְׂדִּים וְאוֹתָהּ לֹא־יִרְאֶה וְשָׁם יָמוּת׃

14  And all those around him, his helpers and all his troops, I will scatter in every direction; and I will unsheathe the sword after them.

יד  וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר סְבִיבֹתָיו עזרה [עֶזְרוֹ] וְכָל־אֲגַפָּיו אֱזָרֶה לְכָל־רוּחַ וְחֶרֶב אָרִיק אַחֲרֵיהֶם׃

15  Then, when I have scattered them among the nations and dispersed them through the countries, they shall know that I am Hashem.

טו  וְיָדְעוּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה בַּהֲפִיצִי אוֹתָם בַּגּוֹיִם וְזֵרִיתִי אוֹתָם בָּאֲרָצוֹת׃

16  But I will spare a few of them from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may recount all their abominable deeds among the nations to which they come; and they shall know that I am Hashem!

טז  וְהוֹתַרְתִּי מֵהֶם אַנְשֵׁי מִסְפָּר מֵחֶרֶב מֵרָעָב וּמִדָּבֶר לְמַעַן יְסַפְּרוּ אֶת־כָּל־תּוֹעֲבוֹתֵיהֶם בַּגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר־בָּאוּ שָׁם וְיָדְעוּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה׃

17  The word of Hashem came to me:

יז  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃

18  O mortal, eat your bread in trembling and drink your water in fear and anxiety.

יח  בֶּן־אָדָם לַחְמְךָ בְּרַעַשׁ תֹּאכֵל וּמֵימֶיךָ בְּרָגְזָה וּבִדְאָגָה תִּשְׁתֶּה׃

19  And say to the people of the land: Thus said Hashem concerning the inhabitants of Yerushalayim in the land of Yisrael: They shall eat their bread in anxiety and drink their water in desolation, because their land will be desolate of its multitudes on account of the lawlessness of all its inhabitants.

יט  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל־עַם הָאָרֶץ כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה לְיוֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם אֶל־אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לַחְמָם בִּדְאָגָה יֹאכֵלוּ וּמֵימֵיהֶם בְּשִׁמָּמוֹן יִשְׁתּוּ לְמַעַן תֵּשַׁם אַרְצָהּ מִמְּלֹאָהּ מֵחֲמַס כָּל־הַיֹּשְׁבִים בָּהּ׃

20  The inhabited towns shall be laid waste and the land shall become a desolation; then you shall know that I am Hashem.

כ  וְהֶעָרִים הַנּוֹשָׁבוֹת תֶּחֱרַבְנָה וְהָאָרֶץ שְׁמָמָה תִהְיֶה וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה׃

21  The word of Hashem came to me:

כא  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃

22  O mortal, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Yisrael, that you say, “The days grow many and every vision comes to naught?”

כב  בֶּן־אָדָם מָה־הַמָּשָׁל הַזֶּה לָכֶם עַל־אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר יַאַרְכוּ הַיָּמִים וְאָבַד כָּל־חָזוֹן׃

23  Assuredly, say to them, Thus said Hashem: I will put an end to this proverb; it shall not be used in Yisrael any more. Speak rather to them: The days draw near, and the fulfillment of every vision.

כג  לָכֵן אֱמֹר אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִשְׁבַּתִּי אֶת־הַמָּשָׁל הַזֶּה וְלֹא־יִמְשְׁלוּ אֹתוֹ עוֹד בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי אִם־דַּבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם קָרְבוּ הַיָּמִים וּדְבַר כָּל־חָזוֹן׃

24  For there shall no longer be any false vision or soothing divination in the House of Yisrael.

כד  כִּי לֹא יִהְיֶה עוֹד כָּל־חֲזוֹן שָׁוְא וּמִקְסַם חָלָק בְּתוֹךְ בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

25  But whenever I Hashem speak what I speak, that word shall be fulfilled without any delay; in your days, O rebellious breed, I will fulfill every word I speak—declares Hashem.

כה  כִּי אֲנִי יְהֹוָה אֲדַבֵּר אֵת אֲשֶׁר אֲדַבֵּר דָּבָר וְיֵעָשֶׂה לֹא תִמָּשֵׁךְ עוֹד כִּי בִימֵיכֶם בֵּית הַמֶּרִי אֲדַבֵּר דָּבָר וַעֲשִׂיתִיו נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה׃

26  The word of Hashem came to me:

כו  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃

27  See, O mortal, the House of Yisrael says, “The vision that he sees is far ahead, and he prophesies for the distant future.”

כז  בֶּן־אָדָם הִנֵּה בֵית־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֹמְרִים הֶחָזוֹן אֲשֶׁר־הוּא חֹזֶה לְיָמִים רַבִּים וּלְעִתִּים רְחוֹקוֹת הוּא נִבָּא׃

28  Assuredly, say to them: Thus said Hashem: There shall be no more delay; whenever I speak a word, that word shall be fulfilled—declares Hashem.

כח  לָכֵן אֱמֹר אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה לֹא־תִמָּשֵׁךְ עוֹד כָּל־דְּבָרָי אֲשֶׁר אֲדַבֵּר דָּבָר וְיֵעָשֶׂה נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה׃

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