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.