Ezekiel 2:5
New International Version
And whether they listen or fail to listen--for they are a rebellious people--they will know that a prophet has been among them.

New Living Translation
And whether they listen or refuse to listen--for remember, they are rebels--at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.

English Standard Version
And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Berean Study Bible
And whether they listen or refuse to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

New American Standard Bible
"As for them, whether they listen or not-- for they are a rebellious house-- they will know that a prophet has been among them.

King James Bible
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Christian Standard Bible
Whether they listen or refuse to listen--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Contemporary English Version
Those rebels may not even listen, but at least they will know that a prophet has come to them.

Good News Translation
Whether those rebels listen to you or not, they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whether they listen or refuse to listen--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them."

International Standard Version
Whether this rebellious group listens to you or not, at least they'll realize that a prophet had appeared in their midst!

NET Bible
And as for them, whether they listen or not--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them.

New Heart English Bible
They, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whether these rebellious people listen or not, they will realize that a prophet has been among them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear--for they are a rebellious house--yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

New American Standard 1977
“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they will not hear nor forbear (for they are a rebellious house), but they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

King James 2000 Bible
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they refuse, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

American King James Version
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

American Standard Version
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Whether then indeed they shall hear or fear, (for it is a provoking house,) yet they shall know that thou art a prophet in the midst of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If so be they at least will hear, and if so be they will forbear, for they are a provoking house: and they shall know that there hath been a prophet in the midst of them.

Darby Bible Translation
And they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear -- for they are a rebellious house -- yet shall they know that there hath been a prophet among them.

English Revised Version
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

World English Bible
They, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

Young's Literal Translation
and they -- whether they hear, or whether they forbear, for a rebellious house they are -- have known that a prophet hath been in their midst.
Study Bible
Ezekiel's Call
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. 6But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns surround you, and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their presence, though they are a rebellious house.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:12
As you enter the house, greet its occupants.

Luke 10:10
But if you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into the streets and declare,

Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off as a testimony against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'

John 15:22
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.

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.

Jeremiah 42:19
The LORD has told you, O remnant of Judah, 'Do not go to Egypt.' Know for sure that I have warned you today!

Ezekiel 2:7
But speak My words to them, whether they listen or refuse to listen, for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:11
Go to your people, the exiles; speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Lord GOD says,' whether they listen or refuse to listen."

Ezekiel 3:27
But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you are to tell them, 'This is what the Lord GOD says.' Whoever listens, let him listen; and whoever refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 12:9
"Son of man, hasn't the rebellious house of Israel asked you, 'What are you doing?'

Ezekiel 33:33
So when it comes to pass--and surely it will come--then they will know that a prophet has been among them."

Ezekiel 44:6
Tell the rebellious house of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'I have had enough of all your abominations, O house of Israel.

Treasury of Scripture

And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

whether

Ezekiel 1:7
And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

Ezekiel 3:10,11,27
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears…

Matthew 10:12-15
And when ye come into an house, salute it…

yet

Ezekiel 3:19
Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Ezekiel 33:9,33
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul…

Luke 10:10-12
But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, …







Lexicon
And whether
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

they
וְהֵ֙מָּה֙ (wə·hêm·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

listen
יִשְׁמְע֣וּ (yiš·mə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

or
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

refuse to listen—
יֶחְדָּ֔לוּ (yeḥ·dā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle

for
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they
הֵ֑מָּה (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

are a rebellious
מְרִ֖י (mə·rî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4805: Bitterness, rebellion, bitter, rebellious

house—
בֵּ֥ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

they will know
וְיָ֣דְע֔וּ (wə·yā·ḏə·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

that
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

a prophet
נָבִ֖יא (nā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

has been
הָיָ֥ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

among them.
בְתוֹכָֽם׃ (ḇə·ṯō·w·ḵām)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre
(5) Whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.--Comp. Ezekiel 3:11. God's word remains the same whatever reception man may accord to it; it cannot return unto Him void, but must accomplish that which He pleases (Isaiah 55:11); just as the Apostles remained "unto God a sweet savour of Christ" alike "in them that are saved and in them that perish" (2Corinthians 2:15-16). But while the mighty power of the Divine word must thus produce its effect, the character of the effect depends upon those to whom it comes; "to the one we are a savour of death unto death, and to the other the savour of life unto life." So it would be among the captives by the Chebar: some would be brought back to their allegiance to their God, and would constitute the remnant through whom He would bless His people and the world; and some, resisting the offered grace, would be thus made more obdurate than ever. In either case, they could not remain as before. Whether for gain or for loss, they should "know that there hath been a prophet among them," by the change his ministrations should produce among them. The offer of grace, imposing the responsibility of accepting or rejecting it, ever becomes thus "a great and terrible day of the Lord." (See Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:5, compared with Matthew 17:12; Acts 2:16-22.)

A rebellious house.--Literally, a house of rebellion. This phrase, used in Ezekiel about eleven times, seems to be more than a simple epithet; it is a significant substitute for the name in which they gloried. Instead of "house of Israel, the prince of God," they had come to be the "house of rebellion."

Verse 5. - Whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, etc. The latter word is used in the sense of "cease" or "desist," as in 1 Corinthians 9:6 and Ephesians 6:9. The same formula meets us in ver. 7; Ezekiel 3:11, 27. The prophet is warned beforehand of the (at least) probable failure of his mission, wholly or in part. We note the parallelism of thought, though not language, in 2 Corinthians 2:15, 16. Such, at all times, has been the condition of the prophet's work. The expectation is grounded upon the antecedent fact of their being a "rebellious people." There is the consolation that in the end, partly through the fulfilment of his words, partly, it may be, through the witness of their own conscience, they shall know that there has been a prophet among them (comp. Ezekiel 33:33; Jeremiah 28:9). We note that it is the first time that Ezekiel claims that name for himself. 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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