He was made mute, unable to speak except when God delivered a word through him (Ezek. 3:26). He was bound with cords, literal or a figure for the power of God confining him to his house (3:25). He was made to do arduous and torturous things, lying on his left side for 390 days, bound again with cords, eating rough bread cooked with cow dung (4:4-17).
Of all the terrible things Ezekiel endured, the worst came with a word,