Ezekiel 7:23-27



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Ezekiel 7:23 'Make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.
GWT: Get the chains ready! The land is filled with murder, and the city is filled with violence.
 and cause havoc For the land is full of bloodshed, and the capital is full of violence.
Young's Literal: Make the chain; for the land Hath been full of bloody judgments, And the city hath been full of violence.

MAKE THE CHAIN: (Ezek 19:3, 4, 5, 6; Jer 27:2; 40:1; La 3:7; Na 3:10)

Ezekiel is to perform another sign act that symbolizes Judah's coming captivity. The verb "make" is a command  and thus this is a dramatic way of saying that fetters and captivity await the perpetrators of bloody, violent crimes. Judah had sown violence and bloodshed and were now reaping this captivity as its harvest.

FOR THE LAND IS FULL OF BLOODY CRIMES AND THE CITY IS FULL OF VIOLENCE: (Ezek 9:9; 11:6; 22:3, 4, 5, 6,9,13,27; 2Ki 21:16; 24:4; Is 1:15; 59:3,7; Jer 2:34; 7:6; 22:17; Hos 4:2; Mic 2:2; 7:2; Zep 3:3,4)


Ezekiel 7:24 'Therefore, I will bring the worst of the nations, and they will possess their houses. I will also make the pride of the strong ones cease, and their holy places will be profaned.
GWT: So I will send the most evil nation, and it will take possession of people's houses. I will stop those who are strong from feeling proud, and their holy places will be dishonored.
I will send in the worst of the nations, who will occupy their houses. I will put an end to their source of pride and power, and their sanctuariesc will be desecrated.
Young's Literal: And I have brought in the wicked of the nations, And they have possessed their houses, And I have caused to cease the excellency of the strong, And polluted have been those sanctifying them.
THEREFORE, I WILL BRING THE WORST OF THE NATIONS AND THEY WILL POSSESS THEIR HOUSES: (Ezek 21:31; 28:7; Psalms 106:41; Jeremiah 4:7; 12:12; Habakkuk 1:6, 7, 8, 9, 10) (Jer 6:12; La 5:)

I WILL ALSO MAKE THE PRIDE OF THE STRONG ONES CEASE, AND THEIR HOLY PLACES WILL BE PROFANED: (Ezek 33:28; Isaiah 5:14) (Ezek 21:2; 2Chronicles 7:19; Psalms 83:12)


Ezekiel 7:25 'When anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there will be none.
GWT: Anguish is coming. People will look for peace, but there will be none.
Anguish is coming, and they will try to find safety, to no avail.
Young's Literal: Destruction hath come, And they have sought peace, and there is none.
WHEN ANGUISH COMES, THEY WILL SEEK PEACE, BUT THERE WILL BE NONE: (Isaiah 57:21; 59:8, 9, 10, 11, 12; Jeremiah 8:15,16; Jer 14:19 Lamentations 4:17,18; Micah 1:12)


Ezekiel 7:26  'Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will be lost from the priest and counsel from the elders.
GWT: One disaster will happen after another. One rumor will follow another. People will ask for a vision from a prophet. The teachings of priests and the advice of leaders will disappear.
Disaster will come on the heels of disaster; bad news will echo bad news. They will try to get a revelation from the prophet, while a ruling will elude the priest, and counsel the elders.
Young's Literal: Mischief on mischief cometh, and report is on report, And they have sought a vision from a prophet, And law doth perish from the priest, And counsel from the elders,
DISASTER WILL COME UPON DISASTER AND RUMOR WILL BE ADDED TO RUMOR: (Leviticus 26:18,21,24,28; Deuteronomy 32:23; Jeremiah 4:20)

THEN THEY WILL SEEK A VISION FROM A PROPHET: (Ezek 14:1; 20:1, 2, 3; 33:31; Jeremiah 21:2; 37:17; 38:14-28)

BUT THE LAW WILL BE LOST FROM THE PRIEST AND COUNSEL FROM THE ELDERS: (Psalms 74:9; Lamentations 2:9; Amos 8:11,12; Micah 3:6)(Ezek 8:1; 14:1; 20:1; Jeremiah 18:18)


Ezekiel 7:27 'The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with horror, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I will judge them. And they will know that I am the LORD.'
GWT: Get the chains ready! The land is filled with murder, and the city is filled with violence.
 Kings will mourn, and princes will give up hope. The common people will lose their courage. I will give them what they deserve and judge them as they have judged others. Then they will know that I am the LORD."
The head of state will wear the garb of consternation, while the people in the land will be shocked into inactivity. I will make their way of life the basis of my dealing with them and judge them by their own judgment of others. Then they will realize that I am Yahweh.
Young's Literal: The king doth become a mourner, And a prince putteth on desolation, And the hands of the people of the land are troubled, From their own way I deal with them, And with their own judgments I judge them, And they have known that I am Jehovah!'
THE KING WILL MOURN, THE PRINCE WILL BE CLOTHED WITH HORROR, AND THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND WILL TREMBLE: (Ezek 12:10-22; 17:15-21; 21:25; Jeremiah 52:8, 9, 10, 11) (Ezek 7:4, 5, 6, 7, 8; 18:30; Isaiah 3:11; Romans 2:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)


God had judged Israel by her own judgments--by the Mosaic covenant they should have known and followed.

AND THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD: (1Kings 20:28; Psalms 9:16; Joel 3:17)

Will know that I am the LORD" occurs three times in this chapter (v4, 9, 27).  Ezekiel makes frequent use of this recognition formula (click for all 63 uses in Ezekiel).

By judging Judah in accordance with the standards and punishments declared to them from the beginning in the Mosaic covenant, the Lord would cause them to recognize him as different from the gods of the nations, a God not to be manipulated or taken for granted, but rather obeyed and trusted wholeheartedly.


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