The Exile Symbolized
The Musician with stringed instrument
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, you are living among
a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
3 "Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile
and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they will understand, though
they are a rebellious house. 4 During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings
packed for exile. Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile. 5
While they watch, dig through the wall and take your belongings out through it. 6 Put them on your
shoulder as they are watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have made
you a sign to the house of Israel."
7 So I did as I was commanded. During the day I brought out my things
packed for exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands. I took my belongings out at dusk, carrying them
on my shoulders while they watched.
8 In the morning the word of the LORD came to me: 9 "Son of man, did not that rebellious house of Israel ask you, 'What are you doing?'
10 "Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
This oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem and the whole house of Israel who are there.' 11 Say
to them, 'I am a sign to you.'
"As I have done, so it will be done to them. They will
go into exile as captives.
12 "The prince among them will put his things on his
shoulder at dusk and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through. He will cover his face so that he cannot
see the land. 13 I will spread my net for him, and he will be caught in my snare; I will bring
him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die. 14
I will scatter to the winds all those around him—his staff and