Ezekiel 2:4
New International Version
The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'

New Living Translation
They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says!'

English Standard Version
The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’

Berean Study Bible
They are obstinate and hardhearted children. I am sending you to them, and you are to say to them, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says.’

New American Standard Bible
"I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'

King James Bible
For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

Christian Standard Bible
The descendants are obstinate and hardhearted. I am sending you to them, and you must say to them, 'This is what the Lord GOD says.'

Contemporary English Version
They are stubborn and hardheaded. But I, the LORD God, have chosen you to tell them what I say.

Good News Translation
They are stubborn and do not respect me, so I am sending you to tell them what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying to them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The children are obstinate and hardhearted. I am sending you to them, and you must say to them, 'This is what the Lord GOD says.'

International Standard Version
They're stubborn and strong willed. I'm sending you to them to tell them what the LORD says.

NET Bible
The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and hard-hearted, and you must say to them, 'This is what the sovereign LORD says.'

New Heart English Bible
The children are obstinate and hardhearted. I am sending you to them, and you shall tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am sending you to these defiant and stubborn children. Tell them, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
and the children are brazen-faced and stiff-hearted, I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them: Thus saith the Lord GOD.

New American Standard 1977
“And I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And to sons that have hard faces and strong hearts do I send thee; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus hath the Lord GOD said.

King James 2000 Bible
For they are impudent children and stubborn. I do send you unto them; and you shall say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD.

American King James Version
For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send you to them; and you shall say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD.

American Standard Version
And the children are impudent and stiffhearted: I do sent thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt say to them, Thus saith the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they to whom I send thee are children of a hard face, and of an obstinate heart: and thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord God:

Darby Bible Translation
and these children are impudent and hard-hearted: I am sending thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And the children are impudent and stiffhearted; I do send thee unto them: and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they are impudent children and obstinate in heart. I send thee to them; and thou shalt say to them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

World English Bible
The children are impudent and stiff-hearted: I am sending you to them; and you shall tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons are brazen-faced and hard-hearted to whom I am sending thee, and thou hast said unto them: Thus said the Lord Jehovah:
Study Bible
Ezekiel's Call
3“Son of man,” He said to me: “I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me. To this very day the Israelites and their fathers have transgressed against Me. 4They are obstinate and hardhearted children. I am sending you to them, and you are to say to them, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says.’ 5And whether they listen or refuse to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.…
Cross References
Psalm 95:8
do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the wilderness,

Isaiah 48:4
For I knew that you are stubborn; your neck is iron and your forehead is bronze.

Jeremiah 1:7
But the LORD told me: "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' For to everyone I send you, you must go, and all that I command you, you must speak.

Jeremiah 5:3
O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.

Jeremiah 6:15
Were they ashamed of the abomination they committed? No, they were not at all ashamed. They did not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they will collapse," says the LORD.

Jeremiah 36:21
The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king and all the officials who were standing beside him.

Ezekiel 3:7
But the house of Israel will be unwilling to listen to you, since they are unwilling to listen to Me. For the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate.

Amos 7:15
But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'

Zechariah 7:12
They made their hearts like flint and would not listen to the law and the words that the LORD of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of Hosts.

Treasury of Scripture

For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send you to them; and you shall say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD.

they

Ezekiel 3:7
But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Deuteronomy 10:16
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

Deuteronomy 31:27
For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?

impudent [heb] hard of face

Proverbs 21:29
A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

Thus

1 Kings 22:14
And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.

Jeremiah 26:2,3
Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD'S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word: …

Acts 20:26,27
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men







Lexicon
They are obstinate
קְשֵׁ֤י (qə·šê)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7186: Hard, severe

and hardhearted
וְחִזְקֵי־ (wə·ḥiz·qê-)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2389: Strong, stout, mighty

children.
וְהַבָּנִ֗ים (wə·hab·bā·nîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

I
אֲנִ֛י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

am sending
שׁוֹלֵ֥חַ (šō·w·lê·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

you to them,
אֲלֵיהֶ֑ם (’ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

and you are to say
וְאָמַרְתָּ֣ (wə·’ā·mar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to them,
אֲלֵיהֶ֔ם (’ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

‘This is what
כֹּ֥ה (kōh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֥י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

GOD
יְהֹוִֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3069: YHWH

says.’
אָמַ֖ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say
(4) Impudent children.--Literally, as in margin, hard of face. The epithet is repeated in Ezekiel 3:7, and it is with reference to this that in Ezekiel 3:7-8 the prophet's face is to be made strong, and his forehead "harder than flint." "The Lord God" is in the original "the Lord Jehovah," the second name taking the pointing of, and being translated "God," because of the word "Lord" preceding.

Verse 4. - Impudent children and stiff-hearted; literally, hard of face (i.e. callous to their shame) and stiff of heart. The LXX. gives aptly, σκληροπρόσωποι καὶ σκληροκάρδιοι (compare the "past feeling" of Ephesians 4:19). Thus saith the Lord God. In the Hebrew, Adoaai Jehovah; which the LXX. represents by Κύριος Κύριος, and Luther by "der Herr Herr." The two highest names of the God of Israel were 'used to denote the fulness of the prophet's inspiration. The same formula occurs in Ezekiel 3:11, 27: 13:8; 22:28, and passim. So also in 2 Samuel 7:18, 19, 20, 29; and elsewhere. 2:1-5 Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the revelations, he is put in mind that still he is a son of man, a weak, mortal creature. As Christ usually called himself the Son of man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's posture showed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture of greater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak to us, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekiel had not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God is graciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. The Holy Spirit sets us upon our feet, by inclining our wills to our duty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, and attend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of life and grace comes with the call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to the children of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt, yet they should know by the event that a prophet had been sent to them. God will be glorified, and his word made honourable, whether it be a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.
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