Ezekiel 5:3
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New International Version
But take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment.

New Living Translation
Keep just a bit of the hair and tie it up in your robe.

English Standard Version
And you shall take from these a small number and bind them in the skirts of your robe.

New American Standard Bible
"Take also a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes.

King James Bible
Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you are to take a few strands from the hair and secure them in the folds of your robe.

International Standard Version
You are to preserve a few strands of hair and hide them in the folds of your garment.

NET Bible
But take a few strands of hair from those and tie them in the ends of your garment.

New Heart English Bible
You shall take of it a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Take a few strands of hair, and wrap them in the hem of your clothes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt also take thereof a few by number, and bind them in thy skirts.

New American Standard 1977
“Take also a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number and bind them in the skirt of thy garment.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall also take some of them , and bind them in your garments.

American King James Version
You shall also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt take thereof a small number: and shalt bind them in the skirt of thy cloak.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts;

English Revised Version
And thou shalt take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt also take of them a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

World English Bible
You shall take of it a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou hast taken thence a few in number -- and hast bound them in thy skirts;
Study Bible
Judgment against Jerusalem
2"One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind; and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. 3"Take also a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes. 4"Take again some of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire; from it a fire will spread to all the house of Israel.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 5:2
"One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind; and I will unsheathe a sword behind them.

Ezekiel 5:4
"Take again some of them and throw them into the fire and burn them in the fire; from it a fire will spread to all the house of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.

a few

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Jeremiah 39:10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the …

Jeremiah 40:6 Then went Jeremiah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelled …

Jeremiah 52:16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor …

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to …

Luke 13:23,24 Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said to them…

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and …

skirts [heb] wings

(3) A few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.--A small remnant of the people was still left in the land after the great captivity (2Kings 25:22); but even of these some were to perish by violence ("cast them into the midst of the fire") in the disorders which arose, and from this "shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel." (See Jeremiah 40, 41) The ultimate result was the expatriation of all that remained in Juda, and the entire emptying of the land of the chosen people.

At this point the use of symbolism ceases for a while, and the prophet now, for the first time, begins to utter his prophecies in plain language. Accordingly, he changes his style from prose to the more ordinary form of prophetic utterance in parallelisms, which constitute the distinctive feature of Hebrew poetry, and this continues until another vision begins with Ezekiel 8.

Verses 3, 4. - Thou shalt also take, etc. The words may point

(1) either to those in Jerusalem who had escaped the famine and the sword, and were left in the land (2 Kings 25:22; Jeremiah 40:6; Jeremiah 40:6); or

(2) to those who should go into exile, and yet even there suffer from the "fire" of God's chastening judgments. They were, if saved at all, to be saved "so as by fire" (1 Corinthians 3:15), to be as "brands plucked from the burning" (Amos 4:11; Zechariah 3:2). Isaiah's thought of the "remnant" (Isaiah 10:20-22; Isaiah 11:11-16) seems hardly to come in here. The whole utterance is one of denunciation. The act of "binding in the skirts" implies only a limited protection. Omit "for," and for "thereof" read "therefrom," s.c. from the fire (Revised Version). Thou shall also take thereof a few in number,.... These are they that were left in the land of Judea by Nebuzaradan, for vinedressers and husbandmen, and such as returned out of Egypt into the land of Judah, Jeremiah 44:28;

and bind them in thy skirts; in the pockets of them; signifying both the very small number of them, and their preservation. Jarchi and Kimchi interpret these of those that were carried captive to Babylon, and lived there, and were preserved, and returned again. 5:1-4 The prophet must shave off the hair of his head and beard, which signifies God's utter rejecting and abandoning that people. One part must be burned in the midst of the city, denoting the multitudes that should perish by famine and pestilence. Another part was to be cut in pieces, representing the many who were slain by the sword. Another part was to be scattered in the wind, denoting the carrying away of some into the land of the conqueror, and the flight of others into the neighbouring countries for shelter. A small quantity of the third portion was to be bound in his shirts, as that of which he is very careful. But few were reserved. To whatever refuge sinners flee, the fire and sword of God's wrath will consume them.
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