Ezekiel 20:49
New International Version
Then I said, "Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just telling parables?'"

New Living Translation
Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'He only talks in riddles!'"

English Standard Version
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! They are saying of me, ‘Is he not a maker of parables?’”

Berean Study Bible
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD, they are saying of me, ‘Is he not just telling parables?’”

New American Standard Bible
Then I said, "Ah Lord GOD! They are saying of me, 'Is he not just speaking parables?'"

King James Bible
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

Christian Standard Bible
Then I said, "Oh, Lord GOD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just composing parables?'"

Contemporary English Version
But I complained, "LORD God, I don't want to do that! People already say I confuse them with my messages."

Good News Translation
But I protested, "Sovereign LORD, don't make me do it! Everyone is already complaining that I always speak in riddles."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I said, "Oh, Lord GOD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just posing riddles?"

International Standard Version
Then I said, "O Lord GOD! They're saying about me, 'Isn't he one to propound parables?'"

NET Bible
Then I said, "O sovereign LORD! They are saying of me, 'Does he not simply speak in eloquent figures of speech?'"

New Heart English Bible
Then I said, "Ah Lord GOD. They say of me, 'Isn't he a speaker of parables?'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then I said, "Oh no! Almighty LORD, no! The people already say that I'm only telling stories."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said I: 'Ah Lord GOD! they say of me: Is he not a maker of parables?'

New American Standard 1977
Then I said, “Ah Lord GOD! They are saying of me, ‘Is he not just speaking parables?’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I said, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

American King James Version
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

American Standard Version
Then said I, Ah Lord Jehovah! they say of me, Is he not a speaker of parables?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, Not so, O Lord God! they say to me, Is not this that is spoken a parable?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Ah, ah, ah, O Lord God: they say of me: Doth not this man speak by parables?

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Ah, Lord Jehovah! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

English Revised Version
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Is he not a speaker of parables?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

World English Bible
Then I said, Ah Lord Yahweh! they say of me, Isn't he a speaker of parables?

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Ah, Lord Jehovah, They are saying of me, Is he not using similes?
Study Bible
A Prophecy Against the South
48Then all people will see that I, the LORD, have kindled it; it will not be quenched.’” 49Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD, they are saying of me, ‘Is he not just telling parables?’”
Cross References
Matthew 13:13
This is why I speak to them in parables: 'Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'

John 16:25
I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. A time is coming when I will no longer speak to you this way, but will tell you plainly about the Father.

Ezekiel 4:14
"Ah, Lord GOD," I said, "I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have not eaten anything found dead or mauled by wild beasts. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth."

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

Ezekiel 17:2
"Son of man, pose a riddle; speak a parable to the house of Israel

Ezekiel 21:1
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

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.

Ezekiel 37:18
When your people ask you, 'Won't you explain to us what you mean by these?'

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

Treasury of Scripture

Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

Doth.

Matthew 13:13,14
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand…

John 16:25
These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

Acts 17:18
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.







Lexicon
Then I said,
וָאֹמַ֕ר (wā·’ō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Ah,
אֲהָ֖הּ (’ă·hāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 162: Alas!

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

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

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

are saying
אֹמְרִ֣ים (’ō·mə·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

of me,
לִ֔י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

‘Is he
הֽוּא׃ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

not
הֲלֹ֛א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

[just] telling
מְמַשֵּׁ֥ל (mə·maš·šêl)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4911: To liken, to use, language, in, to resemble

parables?’”
מְשָׁלִ֖ים (mə·šā·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4912: A pithy maxim, a simile
(49) Doth he not speak parables?--Or enigmas--things that we cannot understand. This the prophet did designedly, as he had done in other cases, to awaken the attention of the people to the explanation he was about to give.

Verse 49. - Doth he not speak parables? We can scarcely wonder that Ezekiel's enigmatic words here, as in ch. 15, 16, and 17, should have called forth some such expression from his hearers; but he obviously records the whisper which he thus heard, in a tone of sorrow and indignation. It was to him a proof, as a like question was to the Christ (Matthew 15:16; Matthew 16:9; Mark 8:21) proof that those hearers were yet without understanding. The question was, for those who asked it, an excuse for hardening their hearts against remonstrances which needed no explanation. The indignation was followed by another interval of silence, during which he brooded over their stubbornness, and at last, in Ezekiel 21:1, the word of the Lord comes to him, and he speaks "no more in proverbs," but interprets the latest parable even in its details.



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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