Ezekiel 33:31
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New International Version
My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.

New Living Translation
So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money.

English Standard Version
And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.

New American Standard Bible
"They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.

King James Bible
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So My people come to you in crowds, sit in front of you, and hear your words, but they don't obey them. Although they express love with their mouths, their hearts pursue dishonest profit.

International Standard Version
Then they come to you as a group, sit down right in front of you as if they were my people, hear your words—and then they don't do what you say— because they're seeking only their own desires, they pursue ill-gotten profits, and they keep following their own self-interests.

NET Bible
They come to you in crowds, and they sit in front of you as my people. They hear your words, but do not obey them. For they talk lustfully, and their heart is set on their own advantage.

New Heart English Bible
They come to you as the people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their gain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they come to you, as if they are still my people, and they sit down in front of you.[]They listen to what you say, but they don't do it. They say that they love me, but in their hearts they chase dishonest profits.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and come unto thee as the people cometh, and sit before thee as My people, and hear thy words, but do them not--for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness;

New American Standard 1977
“And they come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people, and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they shall come unto thee as the people come, and they shall be before thee, my people, and they shall hear thy words, but they shall not do them; for with their mouth they flatter, but their heart goes after their covetousness.

King James 2000 Bible
And they come unto you as the people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness.

American King James Version
And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness.

American Standard Version
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but do them not; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their gain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they come to thee, as if a people were coming in, and my people sit before thee: and hear thy words, and do them not: for they turn them into a song of their mouth, and their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Darby Bible Translation
And they come unto thee as a people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they do them not; for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their dishonest gain.

English Revised Version
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but do them not: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their gain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they come to thee as the people come, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

World English Bible
They come to you as the people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but don't do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their gain.

Young's Literal Translation
And they come in unto thee as the coming in of a people, And they sit before thee -- My people, And have heard thy words, and they do them not, For doting loves with their mouth they are making, After their dishonest gain their heart is going.
Study Bible
Explanation of Jerusalem's Fall
30"But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, 'Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the LORD.' 31"They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain. 32"Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them.…
Cross References
Luke 12:15
And He said to them, "Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

1 John 3:18
Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth.

Psalm 78:36
But they deceived Him with their mouth And lied to Him with their tongue.

Psalm 78:37
For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.

Psalm 119:36
Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain.

Isaiah 29:13
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

Jeremiah 12:2
You have planted them, they have also taken root; They grow, they have even produced fruit. You are near to their lips But far from their mind.

Ezekiel 14:1
Then some elders of Israel came to me and sat down before me.

Ezekiel 22:13
"Behold, then, I smite My hand at your dishonest gain which you have acquired and at the bloodshed which is among you.

Ezekiel 22:27
"Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.
Treasury of Scripture

And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness.

as the people cometh [heb] according to the coming of the people

Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the …

Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel to me, and sat before me.

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

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, …

Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have well done that …

they sit before thee as my people. or, my people sit before thee
and they

Jeremiah 6:16,17 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Jeremiah 43:1-7 And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking …

Jeremiah 44:16 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, …

Mark 7:24-27 And from there he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, …

Luke 6:48,49 He is like a man which built an house, and dig deep, and laid the …

Luke 8:21 And he answered and said to them, My mother and my brothers are these …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

James 1:22-24 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

for with

Deuteronomy 5:28,29 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when you spoke to me; …

Psalm 78:36,37 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied …

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

James 2:14-16 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

1 John 3:17,18 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

shew much love [heb] make loves, or jests

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was to them precept on precept, precept …

Jeremiah 23:33-38 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask you, …

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

but their

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and …

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the …

Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: …

Luke 12:15-21 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness…

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

(31) As the people cometh.--In the original, according to the coming of a people--i.e., in crowds. In the following clause, "as my people," there is an emphasis on the pronoun, as the true people of God. Such was their outward bearing, while their inward disposition was far different.

And they come unto thee as the people cometh,.... As the people of God, who came to the prophets's house to hear him preach the word, and explain it for their spiritual profit and edification these came when they did, and as early and constantly, and with seeming pleasure:

and they sit before thee as my people; with great decency and reverence, and very gravely and demurely, and with seeming devotion, and stay the time out till the whole service is over; as scholars sit at the feet of their masters, to hear and learn their doctrines. So the Targum,

"and they come unto thee as the men the disciples come:''

and they hear thy words, but they will not do them; they gave him the hearing, and seemed attentive, but did not understand what they heard, at least did not put it in practice; they were only hearers, and not doers of the word, and like to the foolish man in Matthew 7:26,

for with their mouth they show much love: by the motions of their lips while hearing, and other gestures, as well as by what they said afterwards, they seemed pleased and delighted with what they heard; made huge encomiums upon it, and spoke much in the praise of the preacher. The Targum is the reverse,

"they made game with their mouth.''

But their heart goeth after their covetousness;

"after the money they had taken away by force,''

as the Targum; after the world, and the things of it; after their secular affairs, so that they wished the sermon over, that they might be at them; or, however, did not so diligently attend to what was said, but the cares of the world choked the word, and made it unfruitful to them; these were like the seed that fell among thorns, the thorny ground hearers, Matthew 13:22. 31. as the people cometh—that is, in crowds, as disciples flock to their teacher.

sit before thee—on lower seats at thy feet, according to the Jewish custom of pupils (De 33:3; 2Ki 4:38; Lu 10:39; Ac 22:3).

as my people—though they are not.

hear … not do—(Mt 13:20, 21; Jas 1:23, 24).

they show much love—literally, "make love," that is, act the part of lovers. Profess love to the Lord (Mt 7:21). Gesenius translates, according to Arabic idiom, "They do the delights of God," that is, all that is agreeable to God. Vulgate translates, "They turn thy words into a song of their mouths."

heart goeth after … covetousness—the grand rival to the love of God; therefore called "idolatry," and therefore associated with impure carnal love, as both alike transfer the heart's affection from the Creator to the creature (Mt 13:22; Eph 5:5; 1Ti 6:10).33:30-33 Unworthy and corrupt motives often lead men to the places where the word of God is faithfully preached. Many come to find somewhat to oppose: far more come of curiosity or mere habit. Men may have their hearts changed. But whether men hear or forbear, they will know by the event that a servant of God has been among them. All who will not know the worth of mercies by the improvement of them, will justly be made to know their worth by the want of them.
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