Symbolism in The Book of Ezekiel

The siege of Jerusalem is portrayed in four symbolical acts (Ezekiel 4-7). In the first of these, Ezekiel evidently drew a picture of a city under siege, indicating that this was soon to be the condition of Jerusalem. After this, Ezekiel lay on his side for a great number of days, announcing that the nation was to be punished for its sins. By eating an inferior type of food which had been cooked on animal dung, Ezekiel predicted the famine which would accompany the siege. In the final act, Ezekiel shaved his head, burning his hair, striking it with a sword and scattering it to the winds, indicating the fate of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 6 and 7 contain additional oracles concerning Israel's sin and imminent doom. 3) Visions of idolatry in Jerusalem and the resultant judgment and destruction of that city (Ezekiel 8-11).

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