Ezekiel 24:19
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New International Version
Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us? Why are you acting like this?"

New Living Translation
Then the people asked, "What does all this mean? What are you trying to tell us?"

English Standard Version
And the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?”

New American Standard Bible
The people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?"

King James Bible
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things you are doing mean for us?"

International Standard Version
Then the people told me, "Are you going to explain what these things that you're doing should mean to us?"

NET Bible
Then the people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things you are doing mean for us?"

New Heart English Bible
The people said to me, "Won't you tell us what these things are to us, that you do so?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people asked me, "Tell us, what do these things that you are doing mean to us?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the people said unto me: 'Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?'

New American Standard 1977
And the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

King James 2000 Bible
And the people said unto me, Will you not tell us what these things are to us, that you so do?

American King James Version
And the people said to me, Will you not tell us what these things are to us, that you do so?

American Standard Version
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people said to me: Why dost thou not tell us what these things mean that thou doest?

Darby Bible Translation
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, which thou doest?

English Revised Version
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people said to me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

World English Bible
The people said to me, Won't you tell us what these things are to us, that you do so?

Young's Literal Translation
And the people say unto me, 'Dost thou not declare to us what these are to us, that thou art doing?'
Study Bible
Ezekiel's Wife Dies
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?" 20Then I said to them, "The word of the LORD came to me saying,…
Cross References
Ezekiel 12:9
"Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, 'What are you doing?'

Ezekiel 17:12
"Say now to the rebellious house, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say, 'Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon.

Ezekiel 24:18
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.

Ezekiel 24:20
Then I said to them, "The word of the LORD came to me saying,

Ezekiel 37:18
"When the sons of your people speak to you saying, 'Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?'
Treasury of Scripture

And the people said to me, Will you not tell us what these things are to us, that you do so?

Ezekiel 12:9 Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said …

Ezekiel 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know you not what these things mean? …

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall be, when they say to you, Why sigh you? that you shall …

Ezekiel 37:18 And when the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, …

Malachi 3:7,8,13 Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from my ordinances, …

Verse 19. - We must read between the lines what had passed in that eventful night of sorrow. The rumor must have spread among the exiles of Tel-Abib that the prophet had lost the wife whom he loved so tenderly. They were ready, we may imagine, to offer their consolations and their sympathy. And, behold, he appears as one on whom no special sorrow had fallen. But that strange outward hardness had the effect which it was meant to have. It roused them to ask questions, and it was one of the cases in which the prudens interrogatio, which if not in itself the dimidium seientiae, at least prepared the way for it. The form of their question implies that they had a forecast that the strange conduct was, in some way, connected with the prophet's work. Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us? And the people said unto me,.... Either seriously, as being desirous of knowing what was meant by all this; since they had reason to believe that it was not out of want of affection in Ezekiel to his wife that he so behaved; and therefore there must be some hidden meaning in it, which they should be glad to be informed of: or in a ludicrous manner, deriding the prophet for his conduct, and despising what he meant to instruct them in hereby:

wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so? for they suspected it vas not on his own account, but to signify something to them, that these things were done; and laughing at him, they say, to what purpose are these things done? if you do not tell us for what reason they are done, instruct us by words, and not by actions; these were his fellow captives in Babylon. 19. what these things are to us—The people perceive that Ezekiel's strange conduct has a symbolical meaning as to themselves; they ask, "What is that meaning?"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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