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Ezekiel acts out the siege and destruction of Jerusalem
God instructed Ezekiel to dramatize a prophecy that Jerusalem would be besieged and destroyed.
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Siege; Siegeworks; Besiege
Siege; Siegeworks; Besiege Encirclement of a fortified position by a hostile force. In biblical times the position was usually a walled city or fortress (see Fortification).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Siege
siege, the military tactic of surrounding a community, cutting off its supplies, and reducing its resistance to the point of surrender or destruction. Less precisely, the word can be used to refer to any prolonged distress or suffering.Biblical references to siege works, siege towers, and siege mounds
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Siege
SiegeA warfare strategy involving the surrounding of a city until its population either surrendered or was weakened enough to be overcome. An effective siege cut off all lines of communication of a city as well as all nearby water supplies. Although siege warfare was practiced as early as Middle Kingdom
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Siege
Siegesiege, the military tactic of surrounding a community, cutting off its supplies and rescue aid, and reducing its resistance to the point of surrender or destruction. It can also refer to any prolonged distress or suffering.Biblical references to siegeworks, siege towers, and siege mounds indicate
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Siege
SIEGE — a prolonged military blockade of a city or fortress to force it to surrender. The purpose of a siege was to take away the advantage of the city’s massive defensive walls by cutting off its supplies and contacts from the outside. Without supplies, the defending city would be forced to surrender
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SIEGE
SIEGE<sej> ([מָצוֹר‎, matsor] (Deuteronomy 28:52, 53; 1 Kings 15:27; 2 Kings 25:2; Isaiah 29:3; Ezekiel 4:2); “to be besieged,” “to suffer siege,” ba-matsor bo’ (Deuteronomy 20:19; 2 Kings 24:10; 25:2)):
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Siege
Siege, the surrounding of a city or castle with an army in order to starve or force the inhabitants to surrender (Deut. 20:19). The sieges of Samaria, Nineveh, Babylon, Jerusalem and Tyre are among the most noted.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Siege
SIEGE Battle tactic in which an army surrounds a city and cuts off all supplies so that the enemy army is forced to surrender for lack of food and water. Deuteronomy 28:53–57 described the horrible actions to which siege leads (cp. Jer. 19:9). Ezekiel 4 describes the prophet’s symbolic act of building
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Siege
SIEGE, sēj (מָצוֹר‎, māçōr [Dt 28:52, 53; 1 K 15:27; 2 K 25:2; Isa 29:3; Ezk 4:2]; “to be besieged,” “to suffer siege,” ba-māçōr bō’ [Dt 20:19; 2 K 24:10; 25:2]):1. In Early Hebrew History2. In the Monarchy3. Preliminaries to Siege4. Siego Operations: Attack (1) Investment of City (2) Line
Key passages
Eze 4:1–5:17

“Now, son of man, take for yourself a brick, and you must put it before you, and you must portray on it a city, Jerusalem. And you must build against it siege works, and you must build against it a bulwark, and you must heap against it a siege ramp, …