4 Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment of the house of Israel upon it; you shall bear their punishment for the number of the days that you lie there.
I think of Bodhisattvas when I read this. Not only does the prophet speak hard truths to unrepentant people, but in order to be qualified to do so, must suffer on behalf of those same unrepentant ones. This is not a transaction, but an act of great compassion. That’s what makes a prophet a prophet: to embody the entirety of a thing; to be at the same time the helpless besieged and the implacable besieger; to be both willing and unwilling; to be both bound and free; to unreservedly belong to the world and accept it contentedly as it is, and at the same time point a steadfast and accusing finger at the senselessness of evil; to be utterly at home in the realm of Light and Peace, and at the same time be a homeless and bewildered wanderer in a desolate wasteland of suffering.
4 For it is impossible to…