Ezekiel 4:13
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New International Version
The LORD said, "In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them."

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said, "This is how Israel will eat defiled bread in the Gentile lands to which I will banish them!"

English Standard Version
And the LORD said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD said, "Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where I will banish them."

King James Bible
And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said, "This is how the Israelites will eat their bread--ceremonially unclean--among the nations where I will banish them."

International Standard Version
Then the LORD said, "This is how the Israelis will be eating unclean food among the nations, where I'll be sending them."

NET Bible
And the LORD said, "This is how the people of Israel will eat their unclean food among the nations where I will banish them."

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said, "Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD said, "In the same way, the people of Israel will eat unclean bread among the nations where I scatter them."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said: 'Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations whither I will drive them.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD said, “Thus shall the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where I shall banish them.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said, Even thus shall the sons of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the nations, where I will drive them.

American King James Version
And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations whither I will drive them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said: So shall the children of Israel eat their bread all filthy among the nations whither I will cast them out.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said, So shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations whither I will drive them.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations whither I will drive them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

World English Bible
Yahweh said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith, 'Thus do the sons of Israel eat their defiled bread among the nations whither I drive them.'
Study Bible
The Defiled Bread
12"You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked it in their sight over human dung." 13Then the LORD said, "Thus will the sons of Israel eat their bread unclean among the nations where I will banish them." 14But I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth."…
Cross References
Daniel 1:8
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.

Hosea 9:3
They will not remain in the LORD'S land, But Ephraim will return to Egypt, And in Assyria they will eat unclean food.

Amos 7:17
"Therefore, thus says the LORD, 'Your wife will become a harlot in the city, your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parceled up by a measuring line and you yourself will die upon unclean soil. Moreover, Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself …

Hosea 9:3,4 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim shall return …

(13) Eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles.--The Mosaic law purposely so hedged the people about with detailed precepts in regard to their food and its preparation, that it was impossible for them to share the food of the Gentiles without contracting ceremonial defilement; and the declared object of this symbolism is to teach that the Israelites should thus be forced to contract defilement. Their sins had brought them to that pass, which is so often the result of continued and obdurate sin, that it should be impossible for them to avoid further transgression. Ezekiel shows by his reply, in Ezekiel 4:14, that like St. Peter, in Acts 10:14, he had ever been a scrupulous observer of the law. To St. Peter, however, it was made known that in the breadth of the Christian dispensation this ceremonial law was now done away, while to Ezekiel it still remained in full force.

Verse 13. - Even thus shall the children of Israel, etc. The strange command takes a wider range. It symbolizes, not the literal horrors of the siege, but the "defiled bread" which even the exiles would be reduced to eat. So taken, the words remind us of the risk of eating unclean, food, which almost inevitably attended the position of the exiles (Hosea 9:3; Daniel 1:8), and which, it may be, Ezekiel had already tell keenly. There is obviously something more than can be explained by a reference to "the bitter bread of banishment," or to Dante's "Come sa di sale... " ('Par.,' 17:58). And the Lord said, even thus shall the children of Israel,.... Not the ten tribes only, or those who were among the other two, but all the Jews in captivity:

eat the defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them; so called, not because mixed, but baked in the above manner; which was a symbol of the defilements which they should contract upon various accounts, by dwelling among the Gentiles; so that this foretells their captivity; their pollution among the nations of the world; and that they should not be the holy people to the Lord they had been, and had boasted of. The Jews (k) cite this passage to prove that he that eats bread without drying his hands is as if he ate defiled bread.

(k) T. Bab. Sota, fol, 4. 2.13. Implying that Israel's peculiar distinction was to be abolished and that they were to be outwardly blended with the idolatrous heathen (De 28:68; Ho 9:3).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.
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