Ezekiel 3:1
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New International Version
And he said to me, "Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel."

New Living Translation
The voice said to me, "Son of man, eat what I am giving you--eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel."

English Standard Version
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”

New American Standard Bible
Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel."

King James Bible
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to me: "Son of man, eat what you find here. Eat this scroll, then go and speak to the house of Israel."

International Standard Version
Then he told me, "Son of Man, eat! Eat what you see —this scroll—and then go talk to the house of Israel."

NET Bible
He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you see in front of you--eat this scroll--and then go and speak to the house of Israel."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find. Eat this scroll. Then speak to the people of Israel."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto me, Son of man, eat what thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this scroll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

American King James Version
Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this roll, and go speak to the house of Israel.

American Standard Version
And he said unto me, Son of man, eat that which thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to me: Son of man, eat all that thou shalt find: eat this book, and go speak to the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said unto me, Son of man, eat what thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel.

English Revised Version
And he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat what thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.

World English Bible
He said to me, Son of man, eat that which you find. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith unto me, 'Son of man, that which thou findest eat, eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-11 Ezekiel was to receive the truths of God as the food for his soul, and to feed upon them by faith, and he would be strengthened. Gracious souls can receive those truths of God with delight, which speak terror to the wicked. He must speak all that, and that only, which God spake to him. How can we better speak God's mind than with his words? If disappointed as to his people, he must not be offended. The Ninevites were wrought upon by Jonah's preaching, when Israel was unhumbled and unreformed. We must leave this unto the Divine sovereignty, and say, Lord, thy judgments are a great deep. They will not regard the word of the prophet, for they will not regard the rod of God. Christ promises to strengthen him. He must continue earnest in preaching, whatever the success might be.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Eat that thou findest, etc. The iteration of the command of Ezekiel 2:8 seems to imply, like the words, "be not thou rebellious," in that verse, some reluctance on the prophet's part. In substance the command was equivalent to that of Revelation 22:18, 19. The true prophet does not choose his message (Acts 4:20); his "meat" is to do his Lord's will (John 4:34), and he takes what he "finds" as given to him by that will.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Moreover he said unto me,.... The same glorious Person who had been speaking all along in the preceding chapter; and who was seen by the prophet on a sapphire throne, and described in Ezekiel 1:26; the first fifteen verses of this chapter are by Junius and Tremellius made a part of the second:

son of man, eat that thou findest; not anything, but what he found in the hand sent unto him; wherefore the Targum is,

"son of man, receive what is given thee;''

which was the roll, as follows:

eat this roll; not literally, but figuratively, as John is bid to eat the little book, Revelation 10:9; that is, read it, meditate upon the things contained therein; and digest them, that he might be able to impart them, and make them known to others: it is explained in Ezekiel 3:10; by hearing and receiving the words of the prophecy; and so the Targum,

"receive what is written in this roll;''

this is to eat it; as great readers of books are called "helluones librorum", eaters of books, gluttons at them; read them greedily, deeply meditate upon what is in them, and thoroughly digest them; so it becomes all good men to eat the word, to mix it with faith, to receive it in the love of it, and constantly meditate on it, Psalm 1:1; and especially ministers of the Gospel, 1 Thessalonians 4:15;

and go, speak unto the house of Israel; or, as the Targum,

"go, and prophesy to the house of Israel;''

for by eating the roll, in the sense given, he was fit for it; and when ministers of the word have read, and thought of, and digested the truths of the Gospel themselves, then they are prepared to go and enter upon their work, and feed others with knowledge and understanding.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 3

Eze 3:1-27. Ezekiel Eats the Roll. Is Commissioned to Go to Them of the Captivity and Goes to Tel-abib by the Chebar: Again Beholds the Shekinah Glory: Is Told to Retire to His House, and Only Speak when God Opens His Mouth.

1. eat … and … speak—God's messenger must first inwardly appropriate God's truth himself, before he "speaks" it to others (see on [1020]Eze 2:8). Symbolic actions were, when possible and proper, performed outwardly; otherwise, internally and in spiritual vision, the action so narrated making the naked statement more intuitive and impressive by presenting the subject in a concentrated, embodied form.

Ezekiel 3:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ezekiel Eats the Scroll
1Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." 2So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll.…
Cross References
Hebrews 10:7
Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll-- I have come to do your will, my God.'"

Revelation 10:9
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but 'in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.'"

Ezekiel 2:9
Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,

Ezekiel 3:10
And he said to me, "Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you.
Treasury of Scripture

Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this roll, and go speak to the house of Israel.

eat. This must have passed in a vision; but the meaning is plain: Receive ny word into thy mind, let it enter into they soul; digest it, let it be they nourishment, they meat and thy drink, to do the will of thy Father who is in heaven.

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

Ezekiel 2:8,9 But you, son of man, hear what I say to you; Be not you rebellious …

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your …

Revelation 10:9,10 And I went to the angel, and said to him, Give me the little book. …

go

Ezekiel 3:11,15,17-21 And go, get you to them of the captivity, to the children of your …

Ezekiel 2:3 And he said to me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, …

Jeremiah 24:1-7 The LORD showed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before …

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