Ezekiel 12:16
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New International Version
But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

New Living Translation
But I will spare a few of them from death by war, famine, or disease, so they can confess all their detestable sins to their captors. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

English Standard Version
But I will let a few of them escape from the sword, from famine and pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the LORD.”

New American Standard Bible
"But I will spare a few of them from the sword, the famine and the pestilence that they may tell all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the LORD."

King James Bible
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine, and plague so they can tell about all their detestable practices among the nations where they go. Then they will know that I am Yahweh."

International Standard Version
"But I'll preserve a few people out of the violent death, famine, and pestilence, so they can recount their detestable practices among the nations when they'll go there. Then they'll know that I am the LORD."

NET Bible
But I will let a small number of them survive the sword, famine, and pestilence, so that they can confess all their abominable practices to the nations where they go. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

New Heart English Bible
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, I will spare a few of them from wars, famines, and plagues. Wherever they go among the nations, they will realize that everything they did was disgusting. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.'

New American Standard 1977
“But I shall spare a few of them from the sword, the famine, and the pestilence that they may tell all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the LORD.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles where they go; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

American King James Version
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen where they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

American Standard Version
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will leave a few men of them from the sword, and from the famine, and from the pestilence: that they may declare all their wicked deeds among the nations whither they shall go: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they shall come; and they shall know that I [am] Jehovah.

English Revised Version
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

World English Bible
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they come; and they shall know that I am Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and I have left of them, a few in number, from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence, so that they recount all their abominations among the nations whither they have come, and they have known that I am Jehovah.'
Study Bible
Signs of the Coming Captivity
15"So they will know that I am the LORD when I scatter them among the nations and spread them among the countries. 16"But I will spare a few of them from the sword, the famine and the pestilence that they may tell all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the LORD." 17Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me saying,…
Cross References
Jeremiah 22:8
"Many nations will pass by this city; and they will say to one another, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this great city?'

Jeremiah 22:9
"Then they will answer, 'Because they forsook the covenant of the LORD their God and bowed down to other gods and served them.'"

Ezekiel 7:15
'The sword is outside and the plague and the famine are within. He who is in the field will die by the sword; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city.

Ezekiel 12:15
"So they will know that I am the LORD when I scatter them among the nations and spread them among the countries.

Ezekiel 12:17
Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Ezekiel 14:21
For thus says the Lord GOD, "How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it!

Ezekiel 14:22
"Yet, behold, survivors will be left in it who will be brought out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to come forth to you and you will see their conduct and actions; then you will be comforted for the calamity which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought upon it.

Ezekiel 36:20
"When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name, because it was said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD; yet they have come out of His land.'
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But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen where they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

I will

Ezekiel 6:8-10 Yet will I leave a remnant, that you may have some that shall escape …

Ezekiel 14:22,23 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought …

Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we …

Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be …

Isaiah 10:22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant …

Isaiah 24:13 When thus it shall be in the middle of the land among the people, …

Jeremiah 4:27 For thus has the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet …

Jeremiah 30:11 For I am with you, said the LORD, to save you: though I make a full …

Amos 9:8,9 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, and I …

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to …

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh …

Romans 11:4,5 But what said the answer of God to him? I have reserved to myself …

a few men [heb] men of number

Genesis 13:16 And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a …

Isaiah 10:19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child …

Romans 9:27 Esaias also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children …

that they

Ezekiel 14:22,23 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought …

Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that …

Leviticus 26:40,41 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, …

Jeremiah 3:24,25 For shame has devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth; their …

Daniel 9:5-12 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, …

and they

Deuteronomy 29:24-28 Even all nations shall say, Why has the LORD done thus to this land? …

1 Kings 9:6-9 But if you shall at all turn from following me, you or your children…

Jeremiah 22:8,9 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every …

(16) May declare all their abominations.--This they were to do, that the false impression that God was unable to protect His people might be removed from the minds of the heathen, and the truth that He was punishing them for their sins be made known. They should do it both by word of mouth (as in Jeremiah 22:8-9), and also by their conduct (as in Ezekiel 14:22-23). The word "few" is literally, as shown in the margin, men of number, i.e., men who can easily be numbered or counted; and in the very similar expression in the original for "declare," there is a play upon the word, something like our "count" and "recount."

They shall know, may grammatically refer either to the heathen, or to the Israelites in their dispersion; but the latter is so constantly the refrain of these prophecies (see Ezekiel 12:20, e.g.), that it is also to be understood here.

But I will leave a few men of them,.... Or, "men of number" (x); of a small number, such as are easily reckoned up; which will require no great skill in numbers, nor trouble to count them:

from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; during the siege of Jerusalem, and at the breaking of it up; but then they should be carried captive into other countries:

that they may declare all their abominations among the Heathen whither they come; who, observing their calamities, and distresses, would read their sin in their punishment; and conclude they must have been guilty of great enormities, who were punished in such a manner; so that their punishment was a visible and standing declaration to the Heathens of the abominable sins they had been guilty of: or else the end of reserving a few of them from the above capital judgments was, that they being brought to a sense of their sins by their afflictions, might freely confess them, express their repentance for them, and justify God in his proceedings towards them:

and they shall know that I am the Lord; not the Heathens, among whom this declaration would be made; but the Jews, brought under a conviction of their sin, and of the justice of God in his dealings with them.

(x) "viros numeri", Montanus, Vatablus; "homines numero", Starckius. 16. I will leave a few … that they may declare … abominations—God's purpose in scattering a remnant of Jews among the Gentiles; namely, not only that they themselves should be weaned from idolatry (see Eze 12:15), but that by their own word, as also by their whole state as exiles, they should make God's righteousness manifest among the Gentiles, as vindicated in their punishment for their sins (compare Isa 43:10; Zec 8:13).12:1-16 By the preparation for removal, and his breaking through the wall of his house at evening, as one desirous to escape from the enemy, the prophet signified the conduct and fate of Zedekiah. When God has delivered us, we must glorify him and edify others, by acknowledging our sins. Those who by afflictions are brought to this, are made to know that God is the Lord, and may help to bring others to know him.
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