Ezekiel 2:5
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New International Version
And whether they listen or fail to listen--for they are a rebellious people--they will know that a prophet has been among them.

New Living Translation
And whether they listen or refuse to listen--for remember, they are rebels--at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.

English Standard Version
And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.

New American Standard Bible
"As for them, whether they listen or not-- for they are a rebellious house-- they will know that a prophet has been among them.

King James Bible
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whether they listen or refuse to listen--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them."

International Standard Version
Whether this rebellious group listens to you or not, at least they'll realize that a prophet had appeared in their midst!

NET Bible
And as for them, whether they listen or not--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them.

New Heart English Bible
They, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whether these rebellious people listen or not, they will realize that a prophet has been among them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear--for they are a rebellious house--yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

New American Standard 1977
“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they will not hear nor forbear (for they are a rebellious house), but they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

King James 2000 Bible
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they refuse, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

American King James Version
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

American Standard Version
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If so be they at least will hear, and if so be they will forbear, for they are a provoking house: and they shall know that there hath been a prophet in the midst of them.

Darby Bible Translation
And they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear -- for they are a rebellious house -- yet shall they know that there hath been a prophet among them.

English Revised Version
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

World English Bible
They, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

Young's Literal Translation
and they -- whether they hear, or whether they forbear, for a rebellious house they are -- have known that a prophet hath been in their midst.
Study Bible
Ezekiel's Call
4"I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' 5"As for them, whether they listen or not-- for they are a rebellious house-- they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6"And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:12
As you enter the house, greet its occupants.

Luke 10:10
But if you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into the streets and declare,

Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off as a testimony against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'

John 15:22
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.

Jeremiah 36:21
Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi read it to the king as well as to all the officials who stood beside the king.

Jeremiah 42:19
The LORD has spoken to you, O remnant of Judah, "Do not go into Egypt!" You should clearly understand that today I have testified against you.

Ezekiel 2:7
"But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:11
"Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'"

Ezekiel 3:27
"But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.
Treasury of Scripture

And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

whether

Ezekiel 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was …

Ezekiel 3:10,11,27 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak …

Matthew 10:12-15 And when you come into an house, salute it…

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith …

2 Corinthians 2:15-17 For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, …

yet

Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, …

Ezekiel 33:9,33 Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; …

Luke 10:10-12 But into whatever city you enter, and they receive you not, go your …

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

(5) Whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.--Comp. Ezekiel 3:11. God's word remains the same whatever reception man may accord to it; it cannot return unto Him void, but must accomplish that which He pleases (Isaiah 55:11); just as the Apostles remained "unto God a sweet savour of Christ" alike "in them that are saved and in them that perish" (2Corinthians 2:15-16). But while the mighty power of the Divine word must thus produce its effect, the character of the effect depends upon those to whom it comes; "to the one we are a savour of death unto death, and to the other the savour of life unto life." So it would be among the captives by the Chebar: some would be brought back to their allegiance to their God, and would constitute the remnant through whom He would bless His people and the world; and some, resisting the offered grace, would be thus made more obdurate than ever. In either case, they could not remain as before. Whether for gain or for loss, they should "know that there hath been a prophet among them," by the change his ministrations should produce among them. The offer of grace, imposing the responsibility of accepting or rejecting it, ever becomes thus "a great and terrible day of the Lord." (See Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:5, compared with Matthew 17:12; Acts 2:16-22.)

A rebellious house.--Literally, a house of rebellion. This phrase, used in Ezekiel about eleven times, seems to be more than a simple epithet; it is a significant substitute for the name in which they gloried. Instead of "house of Israel, the prince of God," they had come to be the "house of rebellion."

Verse 5. - Whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, etc. The latter word is used in the sense of "cease" or "desist," as in 1 Corinthians 9:6 and Ephesians 6:9. The same formula meets us in ver. 7; Ezekiel 3:11, 27. The prophet is warned beforehand of the (at least) probable failure of his mission, wholly or in part. We note the parallelism of thought, though not language, in 2 Corinthians 2:15, 16. Such, at all times, has been the condition of the prophet's work. The expectation is grounded upon the antecedent fact of their being a "rebellious people." There is the consolation that in the end, partly through the fulfilment of his words, partly, it may be, through the witness of their own conscience, they shall know that there has been a prophet among them (comp. Ezekiel 33:33; Jeremiah 28:9). We note that it is the first time that Ezekiel claims that name for himself. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear,.... Or "cease" (y); that is, from hearing, as Jarchi and Kimchi interpret it; or from sinning, as the Targum. The sense is, whether they would hear the word of the Lord, as spoken by the prophet, attend unto it, receive it, and obey it; or whether they would reject it, turn their backs on it, and discontinue hearing it; or whether they would so hear as to leave their sinful course of life, or not: this the prophet could not know beforehand, nor should he be concerned about it, or be discouraged if his ministry should be fruitless; since he could not expect much from them:

(for they are a rebellious house); or, "a house of rebellion" (z); a most rebellious one; hard of heart, face, and neck:

yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them; so that they were left without excuse, which was the end of the prophet's being sent unto them; there was little or no hope of reclaiming them; but, however, by such a step taken, they could not say that they had no prophet sent to reprove them for their sins, and warn them of their danger; had they, they would have listened to him, and so have escaped the evils that came upon them,

(y) "cessaverint", Pagninas, Montanus, Starckius; "desistent", Calvin, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (z) "domus rebellionis", Montanus, Calvin, Piscator, Junius & Tremellius, Starckius. 5. forbear—namely, to hear.

yet shall know—Even if they will not hear, at least they will not have ignorance to plead as the cause of their perversity (Eze 33:33).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.
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