Ezekiel 20:46
New International Version
"Son of man, set your face toward the south; preach against the south and prophesy against the forest of the southland.

New Living Translation
"Son of man, turn and face the south and speak out against it; prophesy against the brushlands of the Negev.

English Standard Version
“Son of man, set your face toward the southland; preach against the south, and prophesy against the forest land in the Negeb.

Berean Study Bible
“Son of man, set your face toward the south, preach against it, and prophesy against the forest of the Negev.

New American Standard Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward Teman, and speak out against the south and prophesy against the forest land of the Negev,

King James Bible
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

Christian Standard Bible
"Son of man, face the south and preach against it. Prophesy against the forest land in the Negev,

Contemporary English Version
"Ezekiel, son of man, turn toward the south and warn the forests

Good News Translation
"Mortal man," he said, "look toward the south. Speak against the south and prophesy against the forest of the south.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Son of man, face the south and preach against it. Prophesy against the forest land in the Negev,

International Standard Version
"Son of Man, turn to the south and oppose it, talking toward the south.

NET Bible
"Son of man, turn toward the south, and speak out against the south. Prophesy against the open scrub land of the Negev,

New Heart English Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the South;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Son of man, turn to the south, preach against the south, and prophesy against the forest in the Negev.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Son of man, set thy face toward the South, and preach toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the South;

New American Standard 1977
“Son of man, set your face toward Teman, and speak out against the south, and prophesy against the forest land of the Negev,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Son of man, set thy face toward the south and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

King James 2000 Bible
Son of man, set your face toward the south, and proclaim your word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

American King James Version
Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

American Standard Version
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the South;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Son of man, set thy face against Thaeman, and look toward Darom, and prophesy against the chief forest of Nageb,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Son of man, set thy face against the way of the south, and drop towards the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field.

Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop [words] against the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

English Revised Version
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the South;

Webster's Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face towards the south, and drop thy word towards the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

World English Bible
Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop [your word] toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the South;

Young's Literal Translation
Son of man, set thy face the way of Teman, and prophesy unto the south, and prophesy unto the forest of the field -- the south;
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. 47Say to the forest of the Negev: Hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Lord GOD says: ‘I am about to ignite in you a fire, and it will devour all your trees, both green and dry. The blazing flame will not be quenched, and by it every face from south to north will be scorched.…
Cross References
Isaiah 30:6
This is an oracle concerning the animals of the Negev: Through a land of hardship and distress, of lioness and lion, of viper and flying serpent, they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people of no profit to them.

Jeremiah 13:19
The cities of the Negev have been shut tight, and no one can open them. All of Judah has been carried into exile, wholly taken captive.

Ezekiel 20:45
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 21:2
"Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuaries. Prophesy against the land of Israel

Ezekiel 21:4
Because I will cut off both the righteous and the wicked, My sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.

Amos 7:16
Now, therefore, hear the word of the LORD. You say: 'Do not prophesy against Israel; do not preach against the house of Isaac.'

Treasury of Scripture

Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

set

Ezekiel 4:7
Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.

Ezekiel 6:2
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

toward.

and drop

Ezekiel 21:2
Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,

Deuteronomy 32:2
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Job 29:22
After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

Jeremiah 13:19
The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.

Jeremiah 22:7
And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.

Zechariah 11:1,2
Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars…







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

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

set
שִׂ֤ים (śîm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

your face
פָּנֶ֙יךָ֙ (pā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

toward the south,
תֵּימָ֔נָה (tê·mā·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8486: South, south wind

preach
וְהַטֵּ֖ף (wə·haṭ·ṭêp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5197: To ooze, distil gradually, to fall in drops, to speak by inspiration

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

it,
דָּר֑וֹם (dā·rō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1864: The south, poet, the south wind

and prophesy
וְהִנָּבֵ֛א (wə·hin·nā·ḇê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5012: To prophesy, speak, by inspiration

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

the forest
יַ֥עַר (ya·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb

of the Negev.
נֶֽגֶב׃ (ne·ḡeḇ)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5045: South country, the Negeb, south
Verse 46. - Drop thy word. The verb is used specially of prophetic utterances (Ezekiel 21:2; Amos 7:6; Micah 2:6, 11), and stands, therefore, in the Hebrew without an object. Toward the south. Three distinct words are used in the Hebrew for the thrice-repeated "south" of the Authorized Version.

(1) One which primarily means "the region on the right hand," sc. as a man looks to the east. which Ezekiel also uses in Ezekiel 47:19; Ezekiel 48:28);

(2) the "shining land," used repeatedly in Ezekiel 40, 42. (Deuteronomy 33:23; Job 37:17; Ecclesiastes 1:6; Ecclesiastes 11:3); and

(3) the Negeb, the "dry" or "parched" land, the South (always in Revised Version with a capital letter), of Joshua 15:21, and the historical books generally, the region lying to the south of Judah. The use of the three words where one might have sacrificed is, perhaps, characteristic of Ezekiel's affluence of diction. The LXX. treats all three as proper names, and transliterates them as Thaiman, Darom, and N'ageb. Against this region and its inhabitants (they, of course, are the "trees") Ezekiel is directed to utter his words of judgment. The parenthesis in the last sentence gives the key to the prophet's cypher writing. From Ezekiel's standpoint on the Chebar, the whole of Judah is as the forest of the south. The "green tree," as in Psalm 1:1, 2, is the man who is relatively righteous; the "dry tree" is the sinner whose true life is withered; the "fire" the devastation wrought by the Chaldean invaders, as executing the Divine judgment. In our Lord's words in Luke 23:31 we may probably find an echo of Ezekiel's imagery. 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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