Ezekiel 14:1
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New International Version
Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.

New Living Translation
Then some of the leaders of Israel visited me, and while they were sitting with me,

English Standard Version
Then certain of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me.

Berean Study Bible
Then some of the elders of Israel came and sat down before me.

New American Standard Bible
Then some elders of Israel came to me and sat down before me.

King James Bible
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

Christian Standard Bible
Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.

Contemporary English Version
One day, some of Israel's leaders came to me and asked for a message from the LORD.

Good News Translation
Some of the leaders of the Israelites came to consult me about the LORD's will.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.

International Standard Version
Later, some men from the elders of Israel came to visit me. After they had sat down in my presence,

NET Bible
Then some men from Israel's elders came to me and sat down in front of me.

New Heart English Bible
Then came certain of the elders of Israel to me, and sat before me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of Israel's leaders came to me and sat down in front of me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

New American Standard 1977
Then some elders of Israel came to me and sat down before me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then certain of the elders of Israel came unto me and sat before me.

King James 2000 Bible
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

American King James Version
Then came certain of the elders of Israel to me, and sat before me.

American Standard Version
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And some of the ancients of Israel came to me, and sat before me.

Darby Bible Translation
And there came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

English Revised Version
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then came certain of the elders of Israel to me, and sat before me.

World English Bible
Then came certain of the elders of Israel to me, and sat before me.

Young's Literal Translation
And come in unto me do certain of the elders of Israel, and sit before me.
Study Bible
Idolatrous Elders Condemned
1Then some of the elders of Israel came and sat down before me. 2And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,…
Cross References
2 Kings 6:32
Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, "Do you see how this murderer has sent someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door to keep him out. Is not the sound of his master's footsteps behind him?"

Isaiah 29:13
Therefore the Lord said: "These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men.

Ezekiel 8:1
In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day, I was sitting in my house, and the elders of Judah were sitting before me; and there the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me.

Ezekiel 14:2
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 20:1
In the seventh year, on the tenth day of the fifth month, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and they sat down before me.

Ezekiel 33:31
So My people come to you as usual, sit before you, and hear your words; but they do not put them into practice. Although they express love with their mouths, their hearts pursue dishonest gain.

Ezekiel 33:32
Indeed, you are to them like a singer of love songs with a beautiful voice, who skillfully plays an instrument. They hear your words but do not put them into practice.

Treasury of Scripture

Then came certain of the elders of Israel to me, and sat before me.

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Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the …

Ezekiel 20:1 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the …

2 Kings 6:32 But Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the …

Acts 4:5,8 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes…

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Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, …

Acts 22:3 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …

(1) Certain of the elders of Israel.--There is no distinction intended here between the elders of Israel and the elders of Judah mentioned in 8:1, and therefore there is no occasion to suppose a deputation sent to the prophet from Jerusalem. Israel is now becoming the ordinary name of the existing nation, except where it is used with some special mark of distinction. The object of their enquiry is not mentioned, nor is it even expressly said that they made any enquiry; but the message to them implies this, and from what is said to them we may probably gather what was uppermost in their minds. Already told by the previous prophecies that God would not spare Jerusalem for its own sake, and that His long forbearance hitherto was no warrant for its continuance, they still evidently cherished the hope that, however sinful they might be in themselves, their city would yet be delivered for the sake of the holy men who lived therein. With such thoughts in their minds the elders came and sat before the prophet, in whose fearless words they had already learned to have confidence, and waited what he might have to say to them.

Verse 1. - As the result, probably, of the previous utterances, certain elders of Israel, i.e. of the exiles in Tel-Abib, came to consult Ezekiel, wishing to know what counsels or what predictions he had for them. In Ezekiel 8:1 we have "the elders of Judah," and it is possible that there were two groups in the Population of the town, and that these represented Israel as distinct from Judah - a deputation, as it were, from the earlier exiles. The term appears again in Ezekiel 20:1. More probably, however, the terms are used interchangeably. Then came certain, of the elders of Israel unto me,.... The Syriac version adds, "to consult the Lord"; by the prophet. These, according to Kimchi, were the elders of the captivity, the heads of the captives that were now in Babylon with Ezekiel: but there are others that think they were some that came from Jerusalem to Babylon on some business or another; and having heard much of the prophet, came to visit him, and to hear his prophecies, and inquire of the Lord by him:

and sat before me; silent and pensive, as persons in anxiety and distress; or as hearers of him, for sitting is a hearing gesture; they sat and heard with great attention, gravity, and seriousness, with seeming affection and reverence; and all this was not in a visionary way, but was a real fact; see Ezekiel 33:31. CHAPTER 14

Eze 14:1-23. Hypocritical Inquirers Are Answered According to Their Hypocrisy. The Calamities Coming on the People; but a Remnant Is to Escape.

1. elders—persons holding that dignity among the exiles at the Chebar. Grotius refers this to Seraiah and those sent with him from Judea (Jer 51:59). The prophet's reply, first, reflecting on the character of the inquirers, and, secondly, foretelling the calamities coming on Judea, may furnish an idea of the subject of their inquiry.

sat before me—not at once able to find a beginning of their speech; indicative of anxiety and despondency.14:1-11 No outward form or reformation can be acceptable to God, so long as any idol possesses the heart; yet how many prefer their own devices and their own righteousness, to the way of salvation! Men's corruptions are idols in their hearts, and are of their own setting up; God will let them take their course. Sin renders the sinner odious in the eyes of the pure and holy God; and in his own eyes also, whenever conscience is awakened. Let us seek to be cleansed from the guilt and pollution of sins, in that fountain which the Lord has opened.
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