Ezekiel 8:7
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New International Version
Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall.

New Living Translation
Then he brought me to the door of the Temple courtyard, where I could see a hole in the wall.

English Standard Version
And he brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, there was a hole in the wall.

New American Standard Bible
Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.

King James Bible
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked there was a hole in the wall.

International Standard Version
Then the Spirit brought me to the entrance of the court. As I watched, all of a sudden, there was a hole in the wall!

NET Bible
He brought me to the entrance of the court, and as I watched, I noticed a hole in the wall.

New Heart English Bible
He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, look, a hole in the wall.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he took me to the entrance of the courtyard. As I looked, I saw a hole in the wall.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

New American Standard 1977
Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

King James 2000 Bible
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

American King James Version
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

American Standard Version
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he brought me in to the door of the court: and I saw, and behold a hole in the wall.

Darby Bible Translation
And he brought me to the entry of the court, and I looked, and behold, a hole in the wall.

English Revised Version
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

World English Bible
He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.

Young's Literal Translation
And He bringeth me in unto an opening of the court, and I look, and lo, a hole in the wall;
Study Bible
Vision of Idolatry in the Temple
6And He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations." 7Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. 8He said to me, "Son of man, now dig through the wall." So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 8:6
And He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations."

Ezekiel 8:8
He said to me, "Son of man, now dig through the wall." So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance.

Ezekiel 40:14
He made the side pillars sixty cubits high; the gate extended round about to the side pillar of the courtyard.
Treasury of Scripture

And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

1 Kings 7:12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stones, …

2 Kings 21:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts …

(7) To the door of the court.--This is clearly a different place from that in which the prophet had hitherto been in his vision, and yet is not so described that its locality can be certainly fixed. He had been inside the inner court near its north gate; in Ezekiel 8:14 he is taken to the north gate of the outer enclosure of the temple precincts. It is probable, therefore, that this was between them. We do not know from the description of Solomon's temple that there were any other than the inner and the outer courts; but as there were others in the temple of Herod built upon the same area, it is altogether likely that there was a further division, and that it was to such a dividing wall, with chambers attached, that the prophet was now brought. Here he finds a hole, or window, too small for entrance, and is directed to enlarge it that he may go in. Having done so, he finds a door which he is told to enter. The object of this part of the vision is to show the extreme secrecy of what he is now to see--a, secrecy made necessary by the connection of this idolatry with Egypt, the foe of Chalda. Any question in regard to the way the idolaters themselves entered is out of place, as all is only in vision.

Verse 7. - To the door of the court. What follows suggests that the prophet was led to the gate that opened from the inner to the outer court. This gas surrounded by chambers or cells (Jeremiah 35:4). The term for "wall" (kir) is that specially used for the wall which encloses a whole group of buildings (Numbers 35:4). Behold a hole in the wall. The fact was clearly significant. The worship here was more clandestine than that of the "image of jealousy." We are not warranted, perhaps, in insisting on minute consistency in the world of visions, but the question naturally arises - How did the worshippers enter the chamber if Ezekiel had to enlarge the hole in the wall in order to get in? We may surmise that the entrance from the temple court had been blocked up all but entirely in the days of Josiah, that the idolaters now entered it from without or through some other chamber, while Ezekiel thinks of himself as coming upon them like a spy in the dim distance of the covered passage through which he made his way. And he brought me to the door of the court,.... Of the inner court, the court of the priests and Levites. Dr. Lightfoot (x) says this was the east gate, and most common way of entrance; and in that gate the sanhedrim used to sit in these times; and there the prophet sees their council chamber painted about with imagery:

and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall; of one of the chambers of the priests and Levites, where they lay.

(x) Prospect of the Temple, c. 28. p. 2018. 7. door of the court—that is, of the inner court (Eze 8:3); the court of the priests and Levites, into which now others were admitted in violation of the law [Grotius].

hole in … wall—that is, an aperture or window in the wall of the priests' chambers, through which he could see into the various apartments, wherein was the idolatrous shrine.8:7-12 A secret place was, as it were, opened, where the prophet saw creatures painted on the walls, and a number of the elders of Israel worshipped before them. No superiority in worldly matters will preserve men from lust, or idolatries, when they are left to their own deceitful hearts; and those who are soon wearied in the service of God, often grudge no toil nor expense when following their superstitions. When hypocrites screen themselves behind the wall of an outward profession, there is some hole or other left in the wall, something that betrays them to those who look diligently. There is a great deal of secret wickedness in the world. They think themselves out of God's sight. But those are ripe indeed for ruin, who lay the blame of their sins upon the Lord.
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