Ezekiel 22:30
New International Version
"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

New Living Translation
"I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one.

English Standard Version
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Berean Study Bible
I searched for a man among them to repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, so that I should not destroy it. But I found no one.

New American Standard Bible
"I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.

King James Bible
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Christian Standard Bible
I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.

Contemporary English Version
I looked for someone to defend the city and to protect it from my anger, as well as to stop me from destroying it. But I found no one.

Good News Translation
I looked for someone who could build a wall, who could stand in the places where the walls have crumbled and defend the land when my anger is about to destroy it, but I could find no one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.

International Standard Version
I sought for a man among them to build the wall and stand in the breach in my presence on behalf of the land so that it won't be destroyed, but I found no one,

NET Bible
"I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.

New Heart English Bible
"And I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'I looked for someone among you who could build walls or stand in front of me by the gaps in the walls to defend the land and keep it from being destroyed. But I couldn't find anyone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the breach before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.

New American Standard 1977
“And I searched for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before me for the land that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.

King James 2000 Bible
And I sought for a man among them, that should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

American King James Version
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

American Standard Version
And I sought for a man among them, that should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favour of the land, that I might not destroy it: and I found none.

Darby Bible Translation
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the fence, and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.

English Revised Version
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the fence, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

World English Bible
I sought for a man among them, who should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.

Young's Literal Translation
And I seek of them a man making a fence, And standing in the breach before Me, In behalf of the land -- not to destroy it, And I have not found.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Sins of Prophets, Priests, Princes
29The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and exploited the foreign resident without justice. 30I searched for a man among them to repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, so that I should not destroy it. But I found no one. 31So I have poured out My indignation upon them and consumed them with the fire of My fury. I have brought their ways down upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD.”…
Cross References
Psalm 106:23
So He said He would destroy them--had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach to divert His wrath from destroying them.

Isaiah 59:16
He saw that there was no man--He was amazed that there was no one to intercede; so His own arm brought salvation, and His own righteousness sustained Him.

Isaiah 63:5
I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled that no one assisted; so My arm brought Me salvation, and My own wrath upheld Me.

Isaiah 64:7
No one calls on Your name or strives to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and made us melt in the hand of our iniquity.

Jeremiah 5:1
Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem. Look now and take note; search her squares. If you can find a single person, anyone who acts justly, anyone who seeks the truth, then I will forgive the city.

Jeremiah 8:6
I have listened and heard; they do not speak what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, asking, "What have I done?" Everyone has stayed his course like a horse charging into battle.

Jeremiah 15:1
Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My heart would not go out to this people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.

Ezekiel 13:5
You did not go up to the gaps or restore the wall around the house of Israel so that it would stand in the battle on the Day of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

I sought. God, speaking after the manner of men, sought for some Moses, Phineas, or Samuel, to stand in the gap on this occasion; but as he found none, its destruction was inevitable

Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no …

Isaiah 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there …

Jeremiah 5:1 Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, …

make

Ezekiel 13:5 You have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for …

Genesis 18:28-32 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: will you …

Exodus 32:10-14 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, …

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …







Lexicon
I searched for
וָאֲבַקֵּ֣שׁ (wā·’ă·ḇaq·qêš)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

a man
אִ֣ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

among them
מֵהֶ֡ם (mê·hem)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

to repair
גֹּֽדֵר־ (gō·ḏêr-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1443: To wall up or off, to build a wall

the wall
גָּדֵר֩ (gā·ḏêr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1447: A circumvallation, an inclosure

and stand
וְעֹמֵ֨ד (wə·‘ō·mêḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

in the gap
בַּפֶּ֧רֶץ (bap·pe·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6556: A bursting forth, breach

before Me
לְפָנַ֛י (lə·p̄ā·nay)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

on behalf of
בְּעַ֥ד (bə·‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

the land,
הָאָ֖רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

so that I should not
לְבִלְתִּ֣י (lə·ḇil·tî)
Preposition-l
Strong's Hebrew 1115: A failure of, not, except, without, unless, besides, because not, until

destroy it.
שַׁחֲתָ֑הּ (ša·ḥă·ṯāh)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin

But I found
מָצָֽאתִי׃ (mā·ṣā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

no one.
וְלֹ֖א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no
(30) Make up the hedge, is only another form of "stand in the gap," added for the sake of emphasis. Both refer to intercession for the people (see Psalm 106:23). It is not meant that there was not a single godly man, but not one of such a pure, strong, and commanding character that his intercessions might avert the threatened doom.

Verse 30. - And I sought for a man, etc. (For the imagery that follows, see Ezekiel 13:5: Psalm 106:23.) The fact stated, as in Jeremiah 5:1, is that there was no one in all Jerusalem righteous enough to be either a defender or an intercessor, none to be a "repairer of the breach" (Isaiah 58:12). Nothing was left but the righteous punishment proclaimed in Ver. 31.



22:23-31 All orders and degrees of men had helped to fill the measure of the nation's guilt. The people that had any power abused it, and even the buyers and sellers find some way to oppress one another. It bodes ill to a people when judgments are breaking in upon them, and the spirit of prayer is restrained. Let all who fear God, unite to promote his truth and righteousness; as wicked men of every rank and profession plot together to run them down.
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