12 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, you are living in the midst of a rebellious house. 1 They have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear, but do not hear, 2 because they are a rebellious house.
3 “Therefore, son of man, pack up your belongings as if for exile. During the day, while they are watching, pretend to go into exile. Go from where you live to another place. Perhaps they will understand, 3 although they are a rebellious house. 4 Bring out your belongings packed for exile during the day while they are watching. And go out at evening, while they are watching, as if for exile. 5 While they are watching, dig a hole in the wall and carry your belongings out through it. 6 While they are watching, raise your baggage onto your shoulder and carry it out in the dark. 4 You must cover your face so that you cannot see the ground 5 because I have made you an object lesson 6 to the house of Israel.”
7 So I did just as I was commanded. I carried out my belongings packed for exile during the day, and at evening I dug myself a hole through the wall with my hands. I went out in the darkness, carrying my baggage 7 on my shoulder while they watched.
8 The word of the Lord came to me in the morning: 9 “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, that rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’ 10 Say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: The prince will raise this burden in Jerusalem, 8 and all the house of Israel within it.’ 9 11 Say, ‘I am an object lesson for you. Just as I have done, it will be done to them; they will go into exile and captivity.’
12 “The prince 10 who is among them will raise his belongings 11 onto his shoulder in darkness, and will go out. He 12 will dig a hole in the wall to leave through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land with his eyes. 13 But I will throw my net over him, and he will be caught in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans 13 (but he will not see it), 14 and there he will die. 15 14 All his retinue – his attendants and his troops – I will scatter to every wind; I will unleash a sword behind them.
15 “Then they will know that I am the Lord when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them among foreign countries. 16 But I will let a small number of them survive the sword, famine, and pestilence, so that they can confess all their abominable practices to the nations where they go. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
17 The word of the Lord came to me: 18 “Son of man, eat your bread with trembling, 16 and drink your water with anxious shaking. 19 Then say to the people of the land, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says about the inhabitants of Jerusalem and of the land of Israel: They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water in fright, for their land will be stripped bare of all it contains because of the violence of all who live in it. 20 The inhabited towns will be left in ruins and the land will be devastated. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
21 The word of the Lord came to me: 22 “Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel, ‘The days pass slowly, and every vision fails’? 23 Therefore tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: I hereby end this proverb; they will not recite it in Israel any longer.’ But say to them, ‘The days are at hand when every vision will be fulfilled. 17 24 For there will no longer be any false visions or flattering omens amidst the house of Israel. 25 For I, the Lord, will speak. Whatever word I speak will be accomplished. It will not be delayed any longer. Indeed in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and accomplish it, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
26 The word of the Lord came to me: 27 “Take note, son of man, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for distant days; he is prophesying about the far future.’ 28 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer! The word I speak will come to pass, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
13 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to the prophets who prophesy from their imagination: 1 ‘Hear the word of the Lord! 3 This is what the sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit but have seen nothing! 4 Your prophets have become like jackals among the ruins, O Israel. 5 You have not gone up in the breaks in the wall, nor repaired a wall for the house of Israel that it would stand strong in the battle on the day of the Lord. 6 They see delusion and their omens are a lie. 2 They say, “the Lord declares,” though the Lord has not sent them; 3 yet they expect their word to be confirmed. 4 7 Have you not seen a false vision and announced a lying omen when you say, “the Lord declares,” although I myself never spoke?
8 “‘Therefore, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Because you have spoken false words and forecast delusion, look, 5 I am against you, 6 declares the sovereign Lord. 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see delusion and announce lying omens. They will not be included in the council 7 of my people, nor be written in the registry 8 of the house of Israel, nor enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the sovereign Lord.
10 “‘This is because they have led my people astray saying, “All is well,” 9 when things are not well. When anyone builds a wall without mortar, 10 they coat it with whitewash. 11 Tell the ones who coat it with whitewash that it will fall. When there is a deluge of rain, hailstones 11 will fall and a violent wind will break out. 12 12 When the wall has collapsed, people will ask you, “Where is the whitewash you coated it with?”
13 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: In my rage I will make a violent wind break out. In my anger there will be a deluge of rain and hailstones in destructive fury. 14 I will break down the wall you coated with whitewash and knock it to the ground so that its foundation is exposed. When it falls you will be destroyed beneath it, 13 and you will know that I am the Lord. 15 I will vent my rage against the wall, and against those who coated it with whitewash. Then I will say to you, “The wall is no more and those who whitewashed it are no more – 16 those prophets of Israel who would prophesy about Jerusalem 14 and would see visions of peace for it, when there was no peace,” declares the sovereign Lord.’
17 “As for you, son of man, turn toward 15 the daughters of your people who are prophesying from their imagination. 16 Prophesy against them 18 and say ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Woe to those who sew bands 17 on all their wrists 18 and make headbands 19 for heads of every size to entrap people’s lives! 20 Will you entrap my people’s lives, yet preserve your own lives? 19 You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. You have put to death people 21 who should not die and kept alive those who should not live by your lies to my people, who listen to lies!
20 “‘Therefore, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Take note 22 that I am against your wristbands with which you entrap people’s lives 23 like birds. I will tear them from your arms and will release the people’s lives, which you hunt like birds. 21 I will tear off your headbands and rescue my people from your power; 24 they will no longer be prey in your hands. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 22 This is because you have disheartened the righteous person with lies (although I have not grieved him), and because you have encouraged the wicked person not to turn from his evil conduct and preserve his life. 23 Therefore you will no longer see false visions and practice divination. I will rescue my people from your power, and you 25 will know that I am the Lord.’”