Ezekiel 20:45
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New International Version
The word of the LORD came to me:

New Living Translation
Then this message came to me from the LORD:

English Standard Version
And the word of the LORD came to me:

Berean Study Bible
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

New American Standard Bible
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

King James Bible
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Christian Standard Bible
The word of the LORD came to me:

Contemporary English Version
The LORD said,

Good News Translation
The LORD spoke to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The word of the LORD came to me: "

International Standard Version
This message came to me from the LORD:

NET Bible
The word of the LORD came to me:

New Heart English Bible
The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD spoke his word to me. He said,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying:

New American Standard 1977
Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

American King James Version
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

American Standard Version
And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying :

Darby Bible Translation
And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

English Revised Version
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

World English Bible
The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying,
Study Bible
A Prophecy Against the South
45Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 46“Son of man, set your face toward the south, preach against it, and prophesy against the forest of the Negev.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 20:44
Then you will know, O house of Israel, that I am the LORD, when I have dealt with you for the sake of My name and not according to your wicked ways and corrupt acts, declares the Lord GOD.'"

Ezekiel 20:46
"Son of man, set your face toward the south, preach against it, and prophesy against the forest of the Negev.

Treasury of Scripture

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Moreover. This is the beginning of another prophecy, and properly belongs to the following chapter.







(45) Toward the south.--The parable of Ezekiel 20:45-48 forms what might be called the text of the discourse in Ezekiel 21. The word south, here occurring three times, is represented in the Hebrew by three separate words, which mean, by their derivation, respectively, "on the right hand" (the orientals always supposing themselves to face the east when they speak of the points of the compass)," the brilliant or "mid-day direction," and "the dry land," a common name for the south of Palestine. Judaea is spoken of as "the south," because, although actually nearly west from Babylon, it could only be approached by the Babylonians from the north, on account of the great intervening desert. Hence the prophets always speak of the armies of Babylon as coming from the north (see Note on Ezekiel 1:4; Jeremiah 1:14-15, &c.).

The forest of the south field, might be originally a mere poetic description of the land; but the figure is developed in the following verses, to make the forest the nation, and its trees the people which compose it.

Verse 45. - In the Hebrew the verses that follow form the opening of the next chapter. The Authorized Version follows the LXX., the Vulgate, and Luther. The section has clearly no connection with what has preceded, and, though fragmentary in its character, seems by the words, "set thy face," to connect itself with Ezekiel 21:2, and to lead up to it. The words of ver. 45 imply, as always, an interval of silence and repose. Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying. Or the word of prophecy, as the Targum. Here begins a new prophecy, and most properly a new chapter should here begin; for the next chapter is of the same argument with this, and an explanation of it, and an enlargement upon it. And here Ben Melech begins one; and so Junius and Tremellius, Piscator, and Castalio. 45-49. An introductory brief description in enigma of the destruction by fire and sword, detailed more explicitly in Eze 21:1-32.20:45-49 Judah and Jerusalem had been full of people, as a forest of trees, but empty of fruit. God's word prophesies against those who bring not forth the fruits of righteousness. When He will ruin a nation, who or what can save it? The plainest truths were as parables to the people. It is common for those who will not be wrought upon by the word, to blame it.
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