|New International Version (©2011)|
"Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.
New Living Translation (©2007)
"And now, son of man, take a large clay brick and set it down in front of you. Then draw a map of the city of Jerusalem on it.
English Standard Version (©2001)
“And you, son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Now you, son of man, take a brick, set it in front of you, and draw the city of Jerusalem on it.
International Standard Version (©2012)
"And now Son of Man, you are to take a brick, set it in front of you, and inscribe on it the outline of the city—that is, Jerusalem.
NET Bible (©2006)
"And you, son of man, take a brick and set it in front of you. Inscribe a city on it--Jerusalem.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
[The LORD said,] "Son of man, take clay, put it in front of you, and draw a map of Jerusalem on it.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
You also, son of man, take you a clay tablet, and lay it before you, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:
American King James Version
You also, son of man, take you a tile, and lay it before you, and portray on it the city, even Jerusalem:
American Standard Version
Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it a city, even Jerusalem:
And thou, O son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee: and draw upon it the plan of the city of Jerusalem.
Darby Bible Translation
And thou, son of man, take thee a brick, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it a city, Jerusalem:
English Revised Version
Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it a city, even Jerusalem:
Webster's Bible Translation
Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem;
World English Bible
You also, son of man, take a tile, and lay it before yourself, and portray on it a city, even Jerusalem:
Young's Literal Translation
'And thou, son of man, take to thee a brick, and thou hast put it before thee, and hast graven on it a city -- Jerusalem,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
4:1-8 The prophet was to represent the siege of Jerusalem by signs. He was to lie on his left side for a number of days, supposed to be equal to the years from the establishment of idolatry. All that the prophet sets before the children of his people, about the destruction of Jerusalem, is to show that sin is the provoking cause of the ruin of that once flourishing city.
Verse 1. - The first sign in this method of unspoken prophecy was to indicate to the exiles of Tel-Abib that which they were unwilling to believe The day of uncertain hopes and fears, of delusive dreams and promises (Jeremiah 27:16; Jeremiah 28:1-3; Jeremiah 29:21), was nearly over. The siege of Jerusalem in spite of Zedekiab's Egyptian alliance, was a thing decreed. Four years before it came - we are now between the fourth month of the fifth year (Ezekiel 1:2) and the sixth month of the sixth year (Ezekiel 8:1) of Zedekiah. and the siege began in the ninth year (2 Kings 25:1) - Ezekiel, on the segnius irritant principle, brought it, as here narrated, before the eyes of the exiles. That he did so implies a certain artistic culture, in possessing which he stands alone, so far as we know, among the prophets of Israel, and to which his residence in the land of the Chaldees may have contributed. He takes a tile, or tablet of baked clay, such as were used in Babylon and Assyria for private contracts, historical inscriptions, astronomical observations (Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 7:57), and the like, which were, in fact, the books of that place and time, and of which whole libraries have been brought to light in recent excavations (Layard, 'Nineveh and Babylon,' ch. 22) and engraves upon it the outlines of "a city" (Revised Version), in which the exiles would at once recognize the city of their fathers, the towers which they had once counted (Isaiah 33:18; Psalm 48:12), the temple which had been their glory and their joy. Bricks with such scenes on them were found among the ruins of Nimroud, now in the British Museum (Layard, ut supra, ch. 7, p. 167). It is not difficult to picture to ourselves the wondering curiosity with which Ezekiel's neighbours would watch the strange proceeding. In this case the sign would be more impressive than any spoken utterance.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile,.... Or "brick" (z). The Targum renders it, a "stone"; but a tile or brick, especially one that is not dried and burned, but green, is more fit to cut in it the figure of a city. Some think that this was ordered because cities are built of brick; or to show the weakness of the city of Jerusalem, how easily it might be demolished; and Jerom thinks there was some design to lead the Jews to reflect upon their making bricks in Egypt, and their hard service there; though perhaps the truer reason may be, because the Babylonians had been used to write upon tiles. Epigenes (a) says they had celestial observations of a long course of years, written on tiles; hence the prophet is bid to describe Jerusalem on one, which was to be destroyed by the king of Babylon;
and lay it before thee: as persons do, who are about to draw a picture, make a portrait, or engrave the form of anything they intend:
and portray upon it the city; even Jerusalem; or engrave upon it, by making incisions on it, and so describing the form and figure of the city of Jerusalem.
(z) "laterem", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Polanus. Piscator. (a) Apud Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 7. c. 56.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Eze 4:1-17. Symbolical Vision of the Siege and the Iniquity-bearing.
1. tile—a sun-dried brick, such as are found in Babylon, covered with cuneiform inscriptions, often two feet long and one foot broad.
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The Siege of Jerusalem Predicted
1You also, son of man, take you a tile, and lay it before you, and portray on it the city, even Jerusalem: 2And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. 3Moreover take you to you an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city: and set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. …
at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, "Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet." And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.
This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water."
"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."
This is what the LORD says: "Go and buy a clay jar from a potter. Take along some of the elders of the people and of the priests
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
"Son of man, mark out two roads for the sword of the king of Babylon to take, both starting from the same country. Make a signpost where the road branches off to the city.