Ezekiel 4:10
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New International Version
Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times.

New Living Translation
Ration this out to yourself, eight ounces of food for each day, and eat it at set times.

English Standard Version
And your food that you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from day to day you shall eat it.

New American Standard Bible
"Your food which you eat shall be twenty shekels a day by weight; you shall eat it from time to time.

King James Bible
And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The food you eat each day will be eight ounces by weight; you will eat it from time to time.

International Standard Version
The food that you'll be eating is to consist of portions weighing 20 shekels, to be consumed daily at regular intervals.

NET Bible
The food you eat will be eight ounces a day by weight; you must eat it at fixed times.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The food that you eat should be weighed. Eat eight ounces of food every day at set times.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thy food which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from time to time shalt thou eat it.

King James 2000 Bible
And your food which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shall you eat it.

American King James Version
And your meat which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shall you eat it.

American Standard Version
And thy food which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thy meat that thou shalt eat, shall be in weight twenty staters a day: from time to time thou shalt eat it.

Darby Bible Translation
And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

English Revised Version
And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thy food which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

World English Bible
Your food which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time you shall eat it.

Young's Literal Translation
And thy food that thou dost eat is by weight, twenty shekels daily; from time to time thou dost eat it.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:9-17 The bread which was Ezekiel's support, was to be made of coarse grain and pulse mixed together, seldom used except in times of urgent scarcity, and of this he was only to take a small quantity. Thus was figured the extremity to which the Jews were to be reduced during the siege and captivity. Ezekiel does not plead, Lord, from my youth I have been brought up delicately, and never used to any thing like this; but that he had been brought up conscientiously, and never had eaten any thing forbidden by the law. It will be comfortable when we are brought to suffer hardships, if our hearts can witness that we have always been careful to keep even from the appearance of evil. See what woful work sin makes, and acknowledge the righteousness of God herein. Their plenty having been abused to luxury and excess, they were justly punished by famine. When men serve not God with cheerfulness in the abundance of all things, God will make them serve their enemies in the want of all things.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Thy meat, etc.; better, food, here and elsewhere. Coarse as the food was, the people would have but scanty rations of it. Men were not, as usual, to measure the corn, but to weigh the bread (Leviticus 26:26). Taking the shekel at about 220 grains, the twenty shekels would be about 10 or 12 ounces. The common allowance in England for prison or pauper dietaries gives, I believe from 24 to 32 ounces, Besides other food. And this was to be taken, not as hunger prompted, but at the appointed hour. once a day. The whole scene of the people of the besieged city coming for their daily rations is brought vividly before us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thy meat which thou shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day,.... To eat bread by weight was a sign of a grievous famine; see Leviticus 26:26; a shekel, according to Josephus (i), weighed four Attic drachms, or half an ounce, wherefore twenty shekels weighed ten ounces; so that the bread the prophet had to eat was but ten ounces a day:

from time to time shall thou eat it; at the certain time of eating, or but once a day; from a set time in one day to the same in another; as from morning to morning, or from noon to noon, or from evening to evening; see Jeremiah 37:21.

(i) Antiqu. l. 3. c. 8. sect. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. twenty shekels—that is, little more than ten ounces; a scant measure to sustain life (Jer 52:6). But it applies not only to the siege, but to their whole subsequent state.

Ezekiel 4:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Defiled Bread
9"But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself; you shall eat it according to the number of the days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days. 10"Your food which you eat shall be twenty shekels a day by weight; you shall eat it from time to time. 11"The water you drink shall be the sixth part of a hin by measure; you shall drink it from time to time.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 32:9
so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver.

Ezekiel 4:11
Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.

Ezekiel 4:16
He then said to me: "Son of man, I am about to cut off the food supply in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair,

Ezekiel 45:12
The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina.
Treasury of Scripture

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