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Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung ° for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

4:15 cow’s dung. In the ancient Middle East, cow dung was (and is still today) often used for fuel. To bake bread using human waste for fuel, however, would “defile” the bread (Ezekiel 4:12-13), and God respected Ezekiel’s objection. In symbol, of course, the lesson was the warning that Israel would be forced to many ritualistic defilements when they were living among the Gentiles.

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