Ezekiel 2:3
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New International Version
He said: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.

New Living Translation
"Son of man," he said, "I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day.

English Standard Version
And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.

New American Standard Bible
Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.

King James Bible
And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebellious pagans who have rebelled against Me. The Israelites and their ancestors have transgressed against Me to this day.

International Standard Version
"Son of Man, I'm sending you to that rebellious people, the Israelis, who have rebelled against me the same way their ancestors did. And they're still rebels to this very day!

NET Bible
He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the house of Israel, to rebellious nations who have rebelled against me; both they and their fathers have revolted against me to this very day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the people of Israel. They are people from a nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have rebelled against me to this day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the sons of Israel, to rebellious Gentiles that have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have rebelled against me, even unto this very day.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

American King James Version
And he said to me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even to this very day.

American Standard Version
And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to nations that are rebellious, which have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me even unto this very day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And saying: Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious people, that hath revolted from me, they, and their fathers, have transgressed my covenant even unto this day.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to nations that are rebellious, which have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me unto this very day;

English Revised Version
And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to nations that are rebellious, which have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me: even to this very day.

World English Bible
He said to me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me even to this very day.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith unto Me, 'Son of man, I am sending thee unto the sons of Israel, unto nations who are rebels, who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me, unto this self-same day.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-5 Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the revelations, he is put in mind that still he is a son of man, a weak, mortal creature. As Christ usually called himself the Son of man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's posture showed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture of greater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak to us, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekiel had not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God is graciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. The Holy Spirit sets us upon our feet, by inclining our wills to our duty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, and attend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of life and grace comes with the call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to the children of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt, yet they should know by the event that a prophet had been sent to them. God will be glorified, and his word made honourable, whether it be a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - To a rebellious nation; literally, with Revised Version, nations that are rebellious. The Hebrew word (goim) is that used elsewhere for "heathen" and that may be its sense here. As in Ezekiel 28:22. Judah and Israel may be thought of as having fallen to the level of the heathen. Part of Ezekiel's work was actually addressed to the heathen as such (ch. 25-32.). The word may, however, be used in the plural to include both Judah and the remnant of the northern kingdom. They and their fathers. The words anticipate the teaching of ch. 18. The people to whom the prophet was sent could not say that they were suffering for the sins of their fathers. They, in their own persons, had transgressed up to the very day on which the prophet received his mission. They had rebelled as their fathers had done in the days of Moses and Joshua (Numbers 14:9; Joshua 22:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto me, son of man,.... Now follow his mission and commission, and an account of the persons to whom he was sent:

I send thee to the children of Israel; that were captives in Babylon, in Jehoiakim's captivity; so Christ was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, Matthew 15:24;

to a rebellious nation, that hath rebelled against me; or, "rebellious Gentiles", (u); not the nations of the earth, though Ezekiel did prophesy many things concerning them; but the Jews, the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin; or the twelve tribes of Israel, called Gentiles, because they joined with them in their idolatries; and, as Kimchi says, were divided in their evil works; some worshipping the gods of the Ammonites; and some the gods of the Moabites; and all guilty of rebellion and treason in so doing against the God of heaven:

they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day; which is an aggravation of their rebellion; their fathers had sinned, and they had followed their ill examples, and had continued therein to that day; and as they, did to the times of Christ, when they were about to till up the measure of their iniquity, Matthew 23:31.

(u) "ad gentes, rebelles", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus, Starckius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. nation—rather, "nations"; the word usually applied to the heathen or Gentiles; here to the Jews, as being altogether heathenized with idolatries. So in Isa 1:10, they are named "Sodom" and "Gomorrah." They were now become "Lo-ammi," not the people of God (Ho 1:9).

Ezekiel 2:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ezekiel's Call
2As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me. 3Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4"I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'…
Cross References
1 Samuel 8:7
And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

1 Samuel 8:8
As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.

Jeremiah 1:7
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

Jeremiah 3:25
Let us lie down in our shame, and let our disgrace cover us. We have sinned against the LORD our God, both we and our ancestors; from our youth till this day we have not obeyed the LORD our God."

Ezekiel 17:12
"Say to this rebellious people, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say to them: 'The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with him to Babylon.

Ezekiel 20:18
I said to their children in the wilderness, "Do not follow the statutes of your parents or keep their laws or defile yourselves with their idols.

Ezekiel 20:30
"Therefore say to the Israelites: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Will you defile yourselves the way your ancestors did and lust after their vile images?

Ezekiel 24:3
Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.

Ezekiel 40:4
The man said to me, "Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see."

Amos 7:15
But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even to this very day.

I send

Ezekiel 3:4-8 And he said to me, Son of man, go, get you to the house of Israel, …

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Isaiah 6:8-10 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and …

Jeremiah 1:7 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Jeremiah 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, …

Jeremiah 25:3-7 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, …

Jeremiah 26:2-6 Thus said the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD's house, and speak …

Jeremiah 36:2 Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I …

Mark 12:2-5 And at the season he sent to the farmers a servant, that he might …

Luke 24:47,48 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

John 20:21,22 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has …

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, …

a rebellious nation. [HEB] rebellious nations.

Ezekiel 16:1-63 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying…

Ezekiel 20:1-49 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the …

Ezekiel 23:1-49 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying…

rebelled

Ezekiel 20:18-30 But I said to their children in the wilderness, Walk you not in the …

Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the …

Numbers 32:13,14 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them …

Deuteronomy 9:24,27 You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you…

1 Samuel 8:7,8 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in …

2 Kings 17:17-20 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the …

Ezekiel 9:7 And he said to them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the …

Nehemiah 9:16-18,26,33-35 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, …

Psalm 106:16-21,28,32-40 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD…

Jeremiah 3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covers us: for we have …

Jeremiah 16:11,12 Then shall you say to them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, …

Ezekiel 44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.

Daniel 9:5-13 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

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