Ezekiel 6:4
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New International Version
Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols.

New Living Translation
All your altars will be demolished, and your places of worship will be destroyed. I will kill your people in front of your idols.

English Standard Version
Your altars shall become desolate, and your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain before your idols.

New American Standard Bible
"So your altars will become desolate and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will make your slain fall in front of your idols.

King James Bible
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your altars will be desolated and your incense altars smashed. I will throw down your slain in front of your idols.

International Standard Version
Your altars will become desolate and your sun pillars will be shattered. I'll throw your slain down right in front of your idols.

NET Bible
Your altars will be ruined and your incense altars will be broken. I will throw down your slain in front of your idols.

New Heart English Bible
Your altars shall become desolate, and your incense altars shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your altars will be destroyed, and your incense burners will be smashed. I will kill people in front of your idols.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

New American Standard 1977
“So your altars will become desolate, and your incense altars will be smashed; and I shall make your slain fall in front of your idols.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images of the sun shall be destroyed, and I will cause your dead to fall before your idols.

King James 2000 Bible
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

American King James Version
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

American Standard Version
And your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will throw down your altars, and your idols shall be broken in pieces: and I will cast down your slain before your idols.

Darby Bible Translation
And your altars shall be desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain [men] before your idols;

English Revised Version
your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

Webster's Bible Translation
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

World English Bible
Your altars shall become desolate, and your incense altars shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

Young's Literal Translation
And desolated have been your altars, And broken your images, And I have caused your wounded to fall before your idols,
Study Bible
Judgment against Idolatry
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. 4"So your altars will become desolate and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will make your slain fall in front of your idols. 5"I will also lay the dead bodies of the sons of Israel in front of their idols; and I will scatter your bones around your altars.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:30
'I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you.

1 Samuel 5:4
But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.

2 Chronicles 14:5
He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah. And the kingdom was undisturbed under him.

Isaiah 27:9
Therefore through this Jacob's iniquity will be forgiven; And this will be the full price of the pardoning of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones; When Asherim and incense altars will not stand.

Ezekiel 6:6
"In all your dwellings, cities will become waste and the high places will be desolate, that your altars may become waste and desolate, your idols may be broken and brought to an end, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be blotted out.

Ezekiel 6:13
"Then you will know that I am the LORD, when their slain are among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, under every green tree and under every leafy oak-- the places where they offered soothing aroma to all their idols.
Treasury of Scripture

And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

images. or, sun-images

Ezekiel 6:6 In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the …

2 Chronicles 14:5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places …

2 Chronicles 34:4 And they broke down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the …

Jeremiah 43:13 He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt…

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Ezekiel 6:5,13 And I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of Israel before …

Leviticus 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and …

1 Kings 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, …

2 Kings 23:14,16-20 And he broke in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled …

2 Chronicles 34:5 And he burnt the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed …

Jeremiah 8:1,2 At that time, said the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the …

(4) Your images.--The original word indicates, as is shown in the margin, that these were images used in connection with the worship of the sun. The whole verse is taken from Leviticus 26:30. The same woes were there foretold by Moses in the contingency of the people's disobedience; that contingency had now come to pass, the promised judgments had already begun, and Ezekiel declares that the fulfilment of them was close at hand.

Your slain men before your idols.--Their idols should be worshipped no longer by the living, but by the prostrate bodies of their dead worshippers. In this and the following verse a kind of poetic justice is described. There was nothing so utterly defiling under the Mosaic law as the touch of a dead body. (See Numbers 9:6-10; 2Kings 23:14; 2Kings 23:16.) The Israelites had defiled the land with idols, now the idols themselves should be defiled with their dead bodies.

Verse 4. - Your images, etc. The "sun images" of the Revised Version shows why these are mentioned as distinct from the "idols." The chammanim were pillars or obelisks identified with the worship of Baal as the sun god, standing on his altars (2 Chronicles 34:4), coupled with the "groves," or Asherim (Isaiah 17:8; Isaiah 27:9), and with the "high places" in 2 Chronicles 14:5. I will cast down your slain men before your idols. As in the prophecy against Bethel (1 Kings 13:2), and in Josiah's action (2 Kings 33:16), this was the ne plus ultra of desecration. Where throe had been the sweet savour of incense there should be the sickening odour of the carcases of the slain. The word for "idols" (gillulim), though found elsewhere, notably in Ezekiel's favourite textbooks (Leviticus 26:30; Deuteronomy 29:17), is more prominent in his writings (where it occurs thirty-six times) then in any other book of the Old Testament, and means, primarily, a cairn or heap of stones, which, like the "sun images," came to be associated with Baal. Ezekiel repeats both words in ver. 6, with all the emphasis of scorn. He predicts the coming of a time when the work of destruction should be done more thoroughly than even Josiah lind done it. When that time came, the familiar formula, "Ye shall know that I am the Lord," should receive yet another fulfilment. And your altars shall be desolate,.... Being pulled down; or because the priests and worshippers would now be slain, and there would be none to attend them:

and your images shall be broken; the "images of the sun" (b). The word for images has its derivation from heat; and were so called, either from the heat of the sun, to whose worship they were devoted, or from the heat of the love and affections of their worshippers:

and I will cast down your slain men before your idols; before your dung, or your "dunghill gods" (c); for the word used has the signification of dung, Ezekiel 4:12. The Targum renders it,

"before the carcass of your idols;''

where they committed idolatry, there they should be slain; which points at the cause of their punishment.

(b) "simulacra vestra solis", Pagninus; "solaria vestra", Vatablus; "subdiales statuae vestrae", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Polanus. (c) "coram stercoreis diis vestris", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Polanus; "coram stercoribus vestris", Cocceius. 4. images—called so from a Hebrew root, "to wax hot," implying the mad ardor of Israel after idolatry [Calvin]. Others translate it, "sun images"; and so in Eze 6:6 (see 2Ki 23:11; 2Ch 34:4; Isa 17:8, Margin).

cast your slain men before your idols—The foolish objects of their trust in the day of evil should witness their ruin.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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