Ezekiel 12:22
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New International Version
"Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: 'The days go by and every vision comes to nothing'?

New Living Translation
"Son of man, you've heard that proverb they quote in Israel: 'Time passes, and prophecies come to nothing.'

English Standard Version
“Son of man, what is this proverb that you have about the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing’?

New American Standard Bible
"Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The days are long and every vision fails '?

King James Bible
Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Son of man, what is this proverb you people have about the land of Israel, which goes: The days keep passing by, and every vision fails?

International Standard Version
"Son of Man, what's this proverb you have concerning Israel's land that says, 'The days pass slowly and every vision ends in nothing.'?

NET Bible
"Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel, 'The days pass slowly, and every vision fails'?

New Heart English Bible
"Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, 'The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Son of man, what is this proverb you have in Israel: 'Days go by, and every vision comes to nothing'?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying: The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

New American Standard 1977
“Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days are long and every vision fails’?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Son of man, what is that saying that ye have in the land of Israel that saith, The days shall be prolonged, and every vision shall fail?

King James 2000 Bible
Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?

American King James Version
Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?

American Standard Version
Son of man, what is this proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel? saying: The days shall be prolonged, and every vision shall fail.

Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, what is that proverb which ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days shall be prolonged, and every vision faileth?

English Revised Version
Son of man, what is this proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

Webster's Bible Translation
Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

World English Bible
Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?

Young's Literal Translation
Son of man, what is this simile to you, concerning the land of Israel, saying, Prolonged are the days, and perished hath every vision?
Study Bible
The Presumptuous Proverb
21Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 22"Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, The days are long and every vision fails'? 23"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will make this proverb cease so that they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel." But tell them, "The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision.…
Cross References
2 Peter 3:4
"Where is the promise of His coming?" they will ask. "Ever since our fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation."

Isaiah 5:19
Who say, "Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!"

Jeremiah 5:12
They have lied about the LORD And said, "Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, And we will not see sword or famine.

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.

Ezekiel 11:3
who say, 'Is not the time near to build houses? This city is the pot and we are the flesh.'

Ezekiel 12:21
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 12:27
"Son of man, behold, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision that he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies of times far off.'

Ezekiel 16:44
"Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, 'Like mother, like daughter.'

Ezekiel 18:2
"What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge '?

Ezekiel 18:3
"As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore.
Treasury of Scripture

Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?

what

Ezekiel 18:2,3 What mean you, that you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, …

Jeremiah 23:33-40 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask you, …

The days

Ezekiel 12:27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that …

Ezekiel 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the …

Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see …

Jeremiah 5:12,13 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall …

Amos 6:3 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

2 Peter 3:3,4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

(22) In the land of Israel, is not here simply equivalent to the "in Israel" of Ezekiel 12:23, but refers to a proverb current among those who had not yet been carried into captivity, and who fancied that they should not be.

Verse 22. - What is that proverb, etc.? The words indicate how the previous messages had been received. Like the men of Jerusalem, the exiles could not believe that the judgment was so near. They said, in words that had become proverbial:

(1) The days are prolonged. "Month after month passes" (it is obvious that they had so passed since Ezekiel began his work), "and yet the end comes not." Such throughout the world's history has been the cry of those of little, or of no, faith (Amos 6:3; Isaiah 5:19; Jeremiah 17:15; Matthew 24:48; 2 Peter 3:4).

(2) Every vision faileth. "The prophet is a dreamer of dreams. We have heard of many such visions, yet still all things continue as they were." Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel,.... Which question is put, as ignorant of it, but as filled with indignation at the impiety and boldness of those that used it, and in order to expose the wickedness and folly of it:

saying, the days are prolonged; the days of affliction and distress; the time of Jerusalem's destruction, and of the Babylonish captivity, these were not to be of a long time; and therefore they were ready to flatter themselves they would never be, at least in their days; and hence, because judgment was not immediately executed, their hearts were set in them to do evil; and thus they abused the patience and long suffering of God, and they used this and the following expression so often, and so long, that they became proverbial to them:

and every vision faileth? or "perishes" (b); every prophecy comes to nothing; no one is fulfilled; at least because not at, once, therefore they concluded it never would, or, however, hoped it never would; and so pleased themselves, and continued in their impenitence and unbelief, and contempt of prophecy.

(b) "peribit", Munster, Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Polanus, Piscator; "periit", Starckius. 22. proverb—The infidel scoff, that the threatened judgment was so long in coming, it would not come at all, had by frequent repetition come to be a "proverb" with them. This skeptical habit contemporary prophets testify to (Jer 17:15; 20:7; Zep 1:12). Ezekiel, at the Chebar, thus sympathizes with Jeremiah and strengthens his testimony at Jerusalem. The tendency to the same scoff showed itself in earlier times, but had not then developed into a settled "proverb" (Isa 5:19; Am 5:18). It shall again be the characteristic of the last times, when "faith" shall be regarded as an antiquated thing (Lu 18:8), seeing that it remains stationary, whereas worldly arts and sciences progress, and when the "continuance of all things from creation" will be the argument against the possibility of their being suddenly brought to a standstill by the coming of the Lord (Isa 66:5; 2Pe 3:3, 4). The very long-suffering of God, which ought to lead men to repentance, is made an argument against His word (Ec 8:11; Am 6:3).

days … prolonged … vision faileth—their twofold argument: (1) The predictions shall not come to pass till long after our time. (2) They shall fail and prove vain shadows. God answers both in Eze 12:23, 25.12:21-28 From that forbearance of God, which should have led them to repent, the Jews hardened themselves in sin. It will not serve for an excuse in speaking evil, to plead that it is a common saying. There is but a step between us and an awful eternity; therefore it concerns us to get ready for a future state. No one will be able to put from himself the evil day, unless by seeking peace with the Lord.
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