Ezekiel 16:44
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New International Version
"'Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."

New Living Translation
Everyone who makes up proverbs will say of you, 'Like mother, like daughter.'

English Standard Version
“Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.’

Berean Study Bible
Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will recite this proverb about you: “Like mother, like daughter.”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, 'Like mother, like daughter.'

King James Bible
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Christian Standard Bible
"'Look, everyone who uses proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."

Contemporary English Version
People will use this saying about you, Jerusalem: "If the mother is bad, so is her daughter."

Good News Translation
The LORD said, "People will use this proverb about you, Jerusalem: 'Like mother, like daughter.'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, everyone who uses proverbs will say this proverb about you: Like mother, like daughter.

International Standard Version
"Now, everyone who likes proverbs will quote this proverb about you, 'Like mother, like daughter.'

NET Bible
"'Observe--everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."

New Heart English Bible
"'Look, everyone who uses proverbs shall use this proverb against you, saying, "As is the mother, so is her daughter."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'Everyone who uses proverbs will speak the following saying against you: Like mother, like daughter.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying: As the mother, so her daughter.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, ‘Like mother, like daughter.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, every one that makes proverbs shall make this proverb regarding thee, saying: As is the mother so is her daughter.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, every one that uses proverbs shall use this proverb against you, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

American King James Version
Behold, every one that uses proverbs shall use this proverb against you, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

American Standard Version
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold every one that useth a common proverb, shall use this against thee, saying: As the mother was, so also is her daughter.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall speak in a proverb against thee, saying, As the mother, [so is] her daughter!

English Revised Version
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

World English Bible
Behold, everyone who uses proverbs shall use [this] proverb against you, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, every one using a simile, Doth use a simile concerning thee, saying: As the mother -- her daughter!
Study Bible
Judgment on Jerusalem
43Because you did not remember the days of your youth, but enraged Me with all these things, I will surely bring your deeds down upon your own head, declares the Lord GOD. Have you not committed this lewdness on top of all your other abominations? 44Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will recite this proverb about you: “Like mother, like daughter.” 45You are the daughter of your mother, who despised her husband and children. You are the sister of your sisters, who despised their husbands and children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:13
As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ But my hand will never be against you.

Ezekiel 12:22
“Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by, and every vision fails’?

Ezekiel 12:23
Therefore tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘I will put an end to this proverb, and in Israel they will no longer recite it.’ But say to them: ‘The days are at hand when every vision will be fulfilled.

Ezekiel 18:2
“What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: ‘The fathers eat sour grapes, but the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

Ezekiel 18:3
As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, every one that uses proverbs shall use this proverb against you, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

every

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

1 Samuel 24:13 As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the …

As is

Ezekiel 16:3,45 And say, Thus said the Lord GOD to Jerusalem; Your birth and your …

1 Kings 21:16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab …

2 Kings 17:11,15 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen …

2 Kings 21:9 But they listened not…

Ezra 9:1 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, …

Psalm 106:35-38 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works…







(44) As is the mother.--The sin of the people had become so notorious as to attract general attention, and lead to the application of this proverb. The nativity of Israel described in Ezekiel 16:3 is here in mind, and the proverb becomes equivalent to saying, these sins belong to every people living in Canaan; once practised by the Amorites and Hittites, they are now continued by the Israelites.

Verse 44. - Every one that speaketh proverbs, etc. As in Ezekiel 18:2, we have an example of the tendency of the Eastern mind to condense the experience of life into the form of proverbial sayings. Here the proverb expresses what we call the doctrine of heredite. We say, in such cases, "Like father, like son;" but the feeling of the East recognized, especially in the case of daughters, that the mother's influence was predominant. Behold, everyone that useth proverbs,.... That affects a proverbial way of sneaking that is witty and facetious, and has a talent at satirizing and scoffing, as some have had; such were Lucian and others:

shall use this proverb against thee; signifying that the sins of the Jews should be well known and exposed, and they should become the subject of the gibes and jeers of men:

saying, as is the mother, so is her daughter; an ancient and common proverb, used to express a likeness and agreement between persons their nature and disposition, in their behaviour, conduct, and conversation. So the Targum,

"as are the works of the mother, so those of the daughter;''

the mother is the land of Canaan, and the daughter the congregation of Israel, as Kimchi. The Jews were the successors of the old Canaanites, and they imitated them in their practices; and, because both of their succession and imitation, they are called the daughter of them; a bad daughter of a bad mother. 44. As … mother … her daughter—"Is," and "so is," are not in the original; the ellipsis gives the proverb (but two words in the Hebrew) epigrammatic brevity. Jerusalem proved herself a true daughter of the Hittite mother in sin (Eze 16:3).16:1-58 In this chapter God's dealings with the Jewish nation, and their conduct towards him, are described, and their punishment through the surrounding nations, even those they most trusted in. This is done under the parable of an exposed infant rescued from death, educated, espoused, and richly provided for, but afterwards guilty of the most abandoned conduct, and punished for it; yet at last received into favour, and ashamed of her base conduct. We are not to judge of these expressions by modern ideas, but by those of the times and places in which they were used, where many of them would not sound as they do to us. The design was to raise hatred to idolatry, and such a parable was well suited for that purpose.



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