Ezekiel 6:2
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New International Version
"Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them

New Living Translation
"Son of man, turn and face the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them.

English Standard Version
“Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

New American Standard Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them

King James Bible
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Son of man, turn your face toward the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them.

International Standard Version
"Son of Man," he said, "turn your face to oppose the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them.

NET Bible
"Son of man, turn toward the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them:

New Heart English Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy to them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Son of man, look toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

New American Standard 1977
“Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them,

King James 2000 Bible
Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

American King James Version
Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

American Standard Version
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy unto them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Son of man, set thy face towards the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them.

Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

English Revised Version
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy unto them,

Webster's Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face towards the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

World English Bible
Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy to them,

Young's Literal Translation
'Son of man, set thy face unto mountains of Israel, and prophesy concerning them:
Study Bible
Judgment against Idolatry
1And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2"Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them 3and say, 'Mountains of Israel, listen to the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, the hills, the ravines and the valleys: "Behold, I Myself am going to bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 6:1
And the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Ezekiel 28:21
"Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, prophesy against her

Ezekiel 36:1
"And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

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Ezekiel 4:7 Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, …

Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, you son of man, set your face against the daughters of …

Ezekiel 20:46 Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward …

Ezekiel 21:2 Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and drop your word toward …

Ezekiel 25:2 Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

Ezekiel 38:2,3 Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief …

the mountains

Ezekiel 19:9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of …

Ezekiel 33:28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength …

Ezekiel 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and on the high mountains of …

Ezekiel 35:12 And you shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all …

Ezekiel 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land on the mountains of Israel; …

Joshua 11:21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, …

Micah 6:1,2 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, …

(2) Toward the mountains of Israel.--It is not uncommon to address prophetic utterances to inanimate objects as a poetic way of representing the people. (Comp. Ezekiel 36:1; Micah 6:2, &c.) The mountains are especially mentioned as being the chosen places of idolatrous worship. (See Deuteronomy 12:2; 2Kings 17:10-11; Jeremiah 2:20; Jeremiah 3:6; Hosea 4:13.) Baal, the sun-god, was the idol especially worshipped upon the hills.

Verses 2, 3. - Set thy face toward the mountains, etc. The formula is eminently characteristic of Ezekiel. We have had it with a different verb in the Hebrew, in Ezekiel 4:3. It will meet us again in Ezekiel 20:46; Ezekiel 21:2; Ezekiel 25:2; Ezekiel 28:21; Ezekiel 29:2; Ezekiel 35:2; Ezekiel 38:2. In this case it probably implied an outward act, like that of Daniel, when he, with a very different purpose, looked towards Jerusalem (Daniel 6:10). In contrast with the widespread plains of Mesopotamia in which Ezekiel found himself, this was the chief characteristic of the land which he had left. The mountains represent the whole country, including the rivers (Revised Version, here and throughout, renders the Hebrew "water courses," to distinguish it from the "river" (nahar) of Ezekiel 1:1, 3, et al., and the "river" (nachal) of Ezekiel 47:5. Its strict meaning is that of a "ravine" or "gorge," the wady of modern Arabic, through which a stream rushes in the winter, but is dried up in the summer). All the localities are named as having been alike polluted by the worship of idols For mountains and hills as the scenes of such worship, see Deuteronomy 12:2; 2 Kings 17:10, 11; Jeremiah 2:20; Jeremiah 3:6; Hosea 4:13; for the ravines and valleys, 2 Kings 23:10 and Jeremiah 7:31 (the Valley of Hinnom); and more generally, Isaiah 57:5, 6. The same combination meets us in ch. 35:8; 36:5, 6. In his address to the mountains, Ezekiel follows in the footsteps of Micah 6:2. I will destroy your high places. The words point to the most persistent, though not the worst, of all the idolatries by which the worship of Jehovah as the God of Israel had been overshadowed. The words of Ezekiel are identical with those of Leo, 26:30. The Bamoth, or high places, of Baal, are mentioned in Numbers 22:41 and Joshua 13:17, and are probably identical with the high places of Arnon in Numbers 21:28. There they are named only incidentally, not in the way of prohibition or condemnation. So, in like manner, in Deuteronomy 32:13 and Deuteronomy 33:29, if the technical sense exists at all, it is referred to only as included in the triumph of the worship of Jehovah over the hill fortresses as the sanctuaries of other gods. The absence of the word from the Book of Judges is difficult to explain, as it was precisely in that period of the history of Israel, irregular and unsettled, that we should have expected to find the people adopting the cultus of their neighbours. A probable solution of the problem is that, so long as the tabernacle and the ark were at Shiloh, that was so pre-eminently the centre of the worship of Jehovah, that the people were not tempted to forsake it, or to set up the worship upon the high places side by side with it. When, after the capture of the ark, Shiloh was a deserted sanctuary, we meet for the first time with the worship of the high places, not as a thing forbidden, but as sanctioned by the presence of Samuel, as the judge and prophet of the people (1 Samuel 9:12-14; 1 Samuel 10:5), the "high place" in the last passage being, apparently, the same as "the hill of God." In 2 Samuel 1:19, possibly from the Book of Jashar, we have the elder, less technical sense of Deuteronomy 32:12 and Deuteronomy 33:19. It would seem, accordingly, as if Samuel had acted on a policy like that of the counsel which Gregory I gave Augustine. He found the worship of the high places adopted by the Israelites from the neighbouring nations. He sought to turn them to the worship of Jehovah. So the writer of 1 Kings 3:2 records the fact that "the people sacrificed in high places," because as yet, though the ark had been brought to Jerusalem, "there was no house built unto the Name of Jehovah until those days," and that Solomon himself also "sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places." At the chief of these, the great high place of Gibeon, Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings, and had the memorable vision in which he made choice of wisdom rather than length of days, or riches and honour, returning from it, as though the cultus of the two places stood nearly on an equal footing, to offer other burnt offerings before the ark of God at Jerusalem (1 Kings 3:3-15). With the erection of the temple the state of things was, in some measure, altered, and the temple was the one legitimate sanctuary. When the ten tribes revolted under Jeroboam, they were, of course, cut off from the temple services, and the king accordingly, besides the calves at Bethel and Dan, set up high places, with priests not of the sons of Aaron, in the cities of Samaria (1 Kings 12:31; 1 Kings 13:32). From that time forward the high places are always mentioned by both historians and prophets in a tone of condemnation, whether they were in Israel or Judah (1 Kings 14:4), but they had become so deeply rooted in the reverence of the people that even the better kings of Judah, who warred against open idolatry, like Asa (1 Kings 15:14), Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:43), Jehoash (2 Kings 12:3), Amaziah (2 Kings 14:4), Azariah (2 Kings 15:4), left them undisturbed; while in the history of the northern kingdom the cultus of the Bamoth reigned paramount (2 Kings 17, passim). It was not till Hezekiah, presumably under Isaiah's influence, removed the "high places" (2 Kings 18:4) that we find any serious attempt to put them down. They had been tolerated, apparently, because, as in Rabshakeh's taunt (2 Kings 18:22), they were nominally connected with the worship of Jehovah. Under the confluent polytheism of Manasseh they naturally reappeared (2 Kings 21:3: 2 Chronicles 33:3). The reformation of Josiah was more thorough (2 Kings 23, passim; 2 Chronicles 34:3), and was probably stimulated by Hilkiah and Huldah. The discovery of the book of the Law (probably Deuteronomy), with its condemnations of mountain sanctuaries, though, as we have seen, the Bamoth were not prohibited by name, roused the zeal of the prophets, especially of the priest prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and when the Bamoth-cultus revived, after the death of Josiah, the former was strong in his protests (Jeremiah 7:31, et al.), all the more so because now, as in the earlier stages of their history, they had become high places of Baal (Jeremiah 19:5; 32:55), and were associated with abominations like those of the worship of Moloch in the Valley of Hinnom. So it was that Ezekiel, writing on the banks of the Chebar, is now led to place them in the forefront of the sins of his people. Son of man, set thy face towards the mountains of Israel,.... Or cities of Israel, the inhabitants of them; not the ten tribes, for they had been carried captive long before this time, even in the times of Hezekiah; unless it can be thought that this prophecy is designed to show the reason of their captivity, which was their idolatry; or that it is directed to those of them which remained in the land, and were mixed with the other tribes; but rather the land of Judea is intended, in which were many mountains, and one part of it was called the hill country, Luke 1:39; and the mountains are mentioned, against which the prophet is ordered to direct his face, and look unto; partly because idolatry was much practised upon them; and partly to show the stupidity of the Jews, and the failure of the prophecy among them; that it was as well, or better, to speak to the mountains, than to them; for since they had so often put away the word of God from them, they were unworthy of it; wherefore such a direction to the prophet comes some degree of indignation and resentment:

and prophesy against them; as that the sword should be upon them, and the high places built upon them should be destroyed: or "unto them" (a); direct the prophecy to them; speak to them as if they were capable of hearing: or "concerning them", as the Syriac version; and so the Targum, concerning their desolation.

(a) "ad eos", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "ad illos", Piscator. 2. mountains of Israel—that is, of Palestine in general. The mountains are addressed by personification; implying that the Israelites themselves are incurable and unworthy of any more appeals; so the prophet sent to Jeroboam did not deign to address the king, but addressed the altar (1Ki 13:2). The mountains are specified as being the scene of Jewish idolatries on "the high places" (Eze 6:3; Le 26:30).6:1-7. War desolates persons, places, and things esteemed most sacred. God ruins idolatries even by the hands of idolaters. It is just with God to make that a desolation, which we make an idol. The superstitions to which many trust for safety, often cause their ruin. And the day is at hand, when idols and idolatry will be as thoroughly destroyed from the professedly Christian church as they were from among the Jews.
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