Ezekiel 17:2
New International Version
“Son of man, set forth an allegory and tell it to the Israelites as a parable.

New Living Translation
“Son of man, give this riddle, and tell this story to the people of Israel.

English Standard Version
“Son of man, propound a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Berean Study Bible
“Son of man, pose a riddle; speak a parable to the house of Israel

King James Bible
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;

New King James Version
“Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,

New American Standard Bible
“Son of man, ask a riddle and present a parable to the house of Israel,

NASB 1995
“Son of man, propound a riddle and speak a parable to the house of Israel,

NASB 1977
“Son of man, propound a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,

Amplified Bible
“Son of man, ask a riddle and tell a parable to the house of Israel,

Christian Standard Bible
“Son of man, pose a riddle and speak a parable to the house of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Son of man, pose a riddle and speak a parable to the house of Israel.

American Standard Version
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Son of man, riddle a riddle and parable a parable upon those of the house of Israel

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Son of man, relate a tale, and speak a parable to the house of Israel:

Contemporary English Version
Ezekiel, son of man, tell the people of Israel the following story,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,

English Revised Version
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;

Good News Translation
"Mortal man," he said, "tell the Israelites a parable

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Son of man, tell this riddle. Give this illustration to the nation of Israel.

International Standard Version
"Son of Man, compose a riddle and relate a parable to Israel's house.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel,

Literal Standard Version
“Son of man, put forth a riddle, and use an allegory to the house of Israel,

NET Bible
"Son of man, offer a riddle, and tell a parable to the house of Israel.

New Heart English Bible
"Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

World English Bible
Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Young's Literal Translation
'Son of man, put forth a riddle, and use a simile unto the house of Israel,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine
1Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2“Son of man, pose a riddle; speak a parable to the house of Israel 3and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘A great eagle with great wings and long pinions, full of feathers of many colors, came to Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar.…

Cross References
Judges 14:12
"Let me tell you a riddle," Samson said to them. "If you can solve it for me within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.

Ezekiel 17:1
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 20:49
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD, they are saying of me, 'Is he not just telling parables?'"

Ezekiel 24:3
Now speak a parable to this rebellious house and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Put the pot on the fire; put it on and pour in the water.

Hosea 12:10
I spoke through the prophets and multiplied their visions; I gave parables through the prophets.


Treasury of Scripture

Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Ezekiel 20:49
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

Judges 9:8-15
The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us…

Judges 14:12-19
And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments: …









(2) A riddle . . . a parable.--What the prophet has to say is called a riddle as well as a parable, because there is something in it recondite and obscure--something which, until it is explained, should excite the minds of the people to guess its meaning.

Verse 2. - Put forth a riddle, etc. Again there is an interval of silence, till another theme is suggested to the prophet's mind and worked out elaborately. This he describes as a "riddle" (same word as the "dark speeches" of Numbers 12:8, the "hard questions" of 1 Kings 10:1). It will task the ingenuity of his hearers or readers to interpret it, and so he subjoins (vers. 12-24) the interpretation. That interpretation enables us to fix the occasion and the date of the prophecy. It was the time when Zedekiah was seeking to strengthen himself against Nebuchadnezzar by an Egyptian alliance.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Son
בֶּן־ (ben-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of man,
אָדָ֕ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

pose
ח֥וּד (ḥūḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 2330: To tie a, knot, to propound a, riddle

a riddle;
חִידָ֖ה (ḥî·ḏāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2420: A riddle, an enigmatic, perplexing saying or question

speak a parable
וּמְשֹׁ֣ל (ū·mə·šōl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 4911: To liken, to use, language, in, to resemble

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the house
בֵּ֖ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc


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