So too, the people of Nineveh would be drunk and go into hiding, as they would seek to get away from their enemies. All their strong fortresses would be like ripe fig trees. If they would be touched or shaken, these strongholds would fall like ripe fruit right into the mouths of their enemies. Women had become their troops. The gates of the city were wide open to their enemies because fire had consumed the bars on their gates. They had to get water during the siege. They would have to strengthen their fortresses with clay, mortar, and bricks.
Yahweh, via Ezekiel, was going to bless the holy hill of Israel and the surrounding areas. He was going to send down blessing showers in their appropriate seasons. He was also going to bless the trees of the field, so that they would yield their fruit. The good earth would yield a steady increase in its crops. Thus, they could be secure on their own soil. They would know that he was Yahweh, because he was going to break the bars on their slavery yoke. Finally, they would be saved from the hands of those who had enslaved them. Good times were ahead.
The gates of Jerusalem have sunk into the ground. Yahweh has ruined the bars on the gates that are now broken. The king and the princes have been scattered among the various nations, so that there is no longer any guidance about the law. The prophets no longer have any visions or oracles from Yahweh. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Tet. Each verse after this will use the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet in this acrostic poem.