Ezekiel 24:18
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New International Version
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.

New Living Translation
So I proclaimed this to the people the next morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did everything I had been told to do.

English Standard Version
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.

New American Standard Bible
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded.

King James Bible
So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded.

International Standard Version
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died that evening. The next morning, I did as I had been commanded.

NET Bible
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. In the morning I acted just as I was commanded.

New Heart English Bible
So I spoke to the people in the morning; and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I was ordered.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So I spoke unto the people in the morning, and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

New American Standard 1977
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So I spoke unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

King James 2000 Bible
So I spoke unto the people in the morning: and at evening my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

American King James Version
So I spoke to the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

American Standard Version
So I spake unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening: and I did in the morning as he had commanded me.

Darby Bible Translation
-- And I spoke unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died. And I did in the morning as I was commanded.

English Revised Version
So I spake unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died: and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

Webster's Bible Translation
So I spoke to the people in the morning: and at evening my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

World English Bible
So I spoke to the people in the morning; and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

Young's Literal Translation
And I speak unto the people in the morning, and my wife dieth in the evening, and I do in the morning as I have been commanded.
Study Bible
Ezekiel's Wife Dies
17"Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men." 18So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded. 19The people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?"…
Cross References
Ezekiel 12:7
I did so, as I had been commanded. By day I brought out my baggage like the baggage of an exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands; I went out in the dark and carried the baggage on my shoulder in their sight.

Ezekiel 24:16
"Son of man, behold, I am about to take from you the desire of your eyes with a blow; but you shall not mourn and you shall not weep, and your tears shall not come.

Ezekiel 24:17
"Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men."

Ezekiel 24:19
The people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?"
Treasury of Scripture

So I spoke to the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

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1 Corinthians 7:29,30 But this I say, brothers, the time is short: it remains, that both …

(18) In the morning: and at even.--What the prophet "spake unto the people in the morning" was what he has recorded (Ezekiel 24:3-14). Shortly after this the warning of Ezekiel 24:15-17 must have come to him, and then his Wife died in the evening of the same day. Accordingly, on the following morning the strange conduct which had been commanded him was observed by the people; their curiosity is awakened, and, rightly surmising that there must be some especial significance in the strange doings of their prophet, they come to inquire the meaning of his actions. In reply (Ezekiel 24:20-24), he announces again the destruction of the Temple, and that in the depth of sorrow and trouble at its fall there shall be no outward show of mourning.

Verse 18. - So I spake unto the people in the morning, etc. In yet another way the calling of the prophet superseded the natural impulses of the man. He knew that his wife's hours were numbered, yet the day was spent, not in ministering at her deathbed, but in one last effort to impress the teachings of the time upon the seared consciences and hardened hearts of his countrymen and neighbors. I cannot help referring to the poem 'Ezekiel,' by B.M., published in 1871, as expressing the meaning of the history better than any commentary. So I spake unto the people in the morning,.... Did the duty of his office as a prophet; exhorted and instructed the people, particularly informed them of what had been said to him by the Lord, the evening or night before, concerning the death of his wife, and how he was to behave under such a providence; which he told them of before hand, that, when it came to pass, they might have a further proof of his being a true prophet of the Lord:

and at even my wife died; suddenly, as it was said she should; this shows who is meant by the desire of his eyes, and what by the taking it away;

and I did in the morning as I was commanded; neither moaned, nor sighed, nor wept, nor shed a tear, nor used any of the common ceremonies of mourning, but dressed and ate as at other times, as he was ordered to do; this was the next morning after his wife died. So the Syriac version,

"in the morning of the other day;''

and the Arabic version,

"in the morning of the following day.''

Thus whatever the Lord commands is to be done, though ever so contrary to the customs of men, or to natural inclinations and affections. 24:15-27 Though mourning for the dead is a duty, yet it must be kept under by religion and right reason: we must not sorrow as men that have no hope. Believers must not copy the language and expressions of those who know not God. The people asked the meaning of the sign. God takes from them all that was dearest to them. And as Ezekiel wept not for his affliction, so neither should they weep for theirs. Blessed be God, we need not pine away under our afflictions; for should all comforts fail, and all sorrows be united, yet the broken heart and the mourner's prayer are always acceptable before God.
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