Ezekiel 4:12

“And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And thou shalt eate it as barley cakes, & thou shalt bake it with doung that commeth out of man in their sight.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked {it} in their sight over human dung."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it in their sight with dung that cometh out of man.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And let your food be barley cakes, cooking it before their eyes with the waste which comes out of a man.
- Basic English Bible

And thou shalt eat it [as] barley-cake, and thou shalt bake it in their sight with dung that cometh out of man.
- Darby Bible

And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with human excrement in their sight.
- Webster's Bible

You shall eat it as barley cakes, and you shall bake it in their sight with dung that comes out of man.
- World English Bible

A barley-cake thou dost eat it, and it with dung -- the filth of man -- thou dost bake before their eyes.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it in their sight with dung that cometh out of man.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ezekiel 4:12

4:12 As barley cakes - Because they never had enough to make a loaf with, they eat them as barley cakes. With dung - There was no wood left, nor yet dung of other creatures. This also was represented in a vision.

Discussion for Ezekiel 4

  • Marcia Harriott
    Did Ezekiel ave to consume those food combined with dung
  • BSP
    Verse 15: Jehovah God was reasonable with Ezekiel when he found that Ezekiel would have a hard time taking a certain course.
  • Irene123
    As far as the dung is concerned, God says right there that he would allow 'cow's' dung in place of human. But, Jeremiah - building a model city and using things to represent a siege; he was a true Man of God. Can you imagine the scoffing and ribbing he took, yet he ignored it all. This is our example for these days; that "having done ALL - to stand!!" We must persevere to win at least one soul
  • Marcelo
    About the verses 1 to 5 we found a good prophesy for the future while them were still in captivity, ...the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days... this meaning it seems that it is the same in Daniel Chapter 9 after he was fasting and praying because he was astonished after know the years of the captivity. but his supplication was heard from the beginning And a angel gave him understanding about it and the length of time in which his people should finished all their iniquities. More important meaning that we can applied in Daniel chapter 12 the last verses about the length of the of the desolation set up 1290 days and 2335 days a separate time of extreme desolation could be 45 years beginning 2023 to 2065 if we count from the last worst abominations of the Christian churches in 7033 ad. where there erected images and decorations.
  • Insight 777
    Verse 7, Ezekiel is shown the future siege of Jerusalem, his arm is uncovered means God shows Ezekiel the military plans being formed that bring about destruction. Jesus taught that bread is doctrine. Doctrine is both that which is taught and the teaching of it. Israel is described as preparing their doctrine with human waste, something man rejects as not needed for life. Israel was given Jesus, the bread of life, but rejected him in favor of their own doctrine which will not save them. In verse 14, Ezekiel proclaims that he always followed Jewish law with the belief that was what God wanted. In verse 15 the Lord is admonishing Ezekiel for not understanding the truth. Ezekiel is shown the power of God yet he defends himself as a Jew, following Jewish law. The Lord is saying I am going to show you the future and you will form your beliefs based on that. Cattle are symbols of sacrifice and cattle dung here may mean the results of war.
  • Dave P.
    This is describing Ezekiel 's prediction of Jerusalem 's desolation where an awful famine is described during the siege from Babylon. When it speaks of man 's dung, it speaks of a ceremonial pollution in the Jewish law of the worst nature. It is a reflection on the sins of mankind cp. Job 15:16

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