Ezekiel 12:5
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New International Version
While they watch, dig through the wall and take your belongings out through it.

King James Bible
Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

Darby Bible Translation
Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

World English Bible
Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your stuff out that way.

Young's Literal Translation
Before their eyes dig for thee through the wall, and thou hast brought forth by it.

Ezekiel 12:5 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Dig thou through the wall - This refers to the manner in which Zedekiah and his family would escape from the city. They escaped by night through a breach in the wall. See Jeremiah 39:2-4; and 2 Kings 25:4.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Dig thou [heb] Dig for thee. This was to shew that Zedekiah should escape from the city through a breach in the wall

2 Kings 25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls...

Jeremiah 39:2-4 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up...

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A Common Mistake and Lame Excuse
'... He prophesieth of the times that are far off.'--EZEKIEL xii. 27. Human nature was very much the same in the exiles that listened to Ezekiel on the banks of the Chebar and in Manchester to-day. The same neglect of God's message was grounded then on the same misapprehension of its bearings which profoundly operates in the case of many people now. Ezekiel had been proclaiming the fall of Jerusalem to the exiles whose captivity preceded it by a few years; and he was confronted by the incredulity
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Last Agony
'In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. 2. And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. 3. And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarse-chim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Ezekiel 12:4
During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile. Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile.

Ezekiel 12:6
Put them on your shoulder as they are watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have made you a sign to the Israelites."

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