Ezekiel 4:1-6 (KJV)
1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. 3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. 4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. 5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Ezekiel is to bear the iniquity of Israel for 390 days and for Judah 40 days (a day represented a year) , totalling 430 days.

Is Jerusalem to be punished for 430 years, or is it that Jerusalem will be besieged for a total of 430 days for the 430 years of sin that Israel committed up to the point of its destruction? I've heard that the phrase "to bear iniquity", as mentioned in verse 5 and 6, means to be punished for iniquity.

  • Good question (+1). – Nigel J May 30 '18 at 10:45

The word עון can be translated transgression.

The word לשאת can be translated to carry.

So basically all this means that Ezekiel should to lie down on his left side etc for 390 days in order to ilustrate the years Israel will suffer and another 40 days on his right (etc) for Juda.

Why? In order that people will belive that God speak from Ezekiel and he is true prophet.

If you think about it the exile was ~70 years and nobody know what happened to the Israel people (probably merged into Babylon - not that it's matter - 390 years have been passed...).

Hope it helps!

  • How does this answer the question? – Bach May 30 '18 at 14:13
  • Your question based on other translation. This question show different approach, more textual. It seems that the number 430 (390+40) is something that relates just to Ezekiel. There are more "accurate" prophetes than this verses. – A. Meshu May 30 '18 at 16:05
  • I didn't ask this question, I'm just trying to understand how you consider this to be a good answer. I've seen similar posts from you which don't answer the OP's question at all, they are a mumble jumble of translations and suggestions with no clear direction. This is a Q&A site, not a forum; so people expect here clear cut answers and they must be supported by good evidence; showing your work is a requirement here. So keep that in mind for the future. – Bach May 30 '18 at 18:13
  • you can read more here hermeneutics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/520/… – Bach May 30 '18 at 18:15
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    Up-voted (+1) and appreciation of the fact that English is your second language. – Nigel J May 30 '18 at 18:34

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