Ezekiel 7:23
New International Version
"'Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.

New Living Translation
"Prepare chains for my people, for the land is bloodied by terrible crimes. Jerusalem is filled with violence.

English Standard Version
“Forge a chain! For the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.

Berean Study Bible
Forge the chain, for the land is full of crimes of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.

New American Standard Bible
'Make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.

King James Bible
Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Christian Standard Bible
Forge the chain, for the land is filled with crimes of bloodshed, and the city is filled with violence.

Contemporary English Version
Your whole country is in confusion! Murder and violence are everywhere in Israel,

Good News Translation
"Everything is in confusion--the land is full of murders and the cities are full of violence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Forge the chain, for the land is filled with crimes of bloodshed, and the city is filled with violence.

International Standard Version
"Forge a chain, because the land is full of bloody judgment and the city is filled with violence.

NET Bible
(Make the chain, because the land is full of murder and the city is full of violence.)

New Heart English Bible
"Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Get the chains ready! The land is filled with murder, and the city is filled with violence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

New American Standard 1977
‘Make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Make a chain, for the land is full of bloody judgments, and the city is full of violence.

King James 2000 Bible
Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

American King James Version
Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

American Standard Version
Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they shall work uncleanness: because the land is full of strange nations, and the city is full of iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Make a shutting up: for the land is full of the judgment of blood, and the city is full of iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

English Revised Version
Make the chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Webster's Bible Translation
Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

World English Bible
Make the chain; for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Young's Literal Translation
Make the chain; for the land Hath been full of bloody judgments, And the city hath been full of violence.
Study Bible
The Desolation of Israel
22I will turn My face away from them, as they defile My treasured place. Violent men will enter it and they will defile it. 23Forge the chain, for the land is full of crimes of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence. 24So I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will end the pride of the mighty, and their holy places will be profaned.…
Cross References
Isaiah 59:3
For your hands are stained with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters injustice.

Jeremiah 6:7
As a well gushes its water, so she pours out her evil. Violence and destruction resound in her; sickness and wounds are ever before Me.

Jeremiah 27:2
"This is what the LORD said to me: Make for yourself a yoke out of leather straps and put it on your neck.

Ezekiel 8:17
And He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Is it not enough for the house of Judah to commit the abominations they are practicing here, that they must also fill the land with violence and continually provoke Me to anger? Look, they are even putting the branch to their nose!

Ezekiel 9:9
And He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'

Ezekiel 11:6
You have multiplied those you killed in this city and filled its streets with the dead.

Ezekiel 18:12
He oppresses the poor and needy, he commits robbery and does not restore a pledge. He lifts his eyes to idols; he commits abominations.

Ezekiel 45:9
For this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Enough, O princes of Israel! Cease your violence and oppression, and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing My people, declares the Lord GOD.'

Hosea 4:2
Cursing and lying, murder and stealing, and adultery are rampant; one act of bloodshed follows another.

Treasury of Scripture

Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

a chain

Ezekiel 19:3-6
And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men…

Jeremiah 27:2
Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

Jeremiah 40:1
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.

for

Ezekiel 9:9
Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

Ezekiel 11:6
Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.

Ezekiel 22:3-6,9,13,27
Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself…







Lexicon
Forge
עֲשֵׂ֖ה (‘ă·śêh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

the chain,
הָֽרַתּ֑וֹק (hā·rat·tō·wq)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7569: A chain

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

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

is full
מָֽלְאָה֙ (mā·lə·’āh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4390: To fill, be full of

of crimes
מִשְׁפַּ֣ט (miš·paṭ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

of bloodshed,
דָּמִ֔ים (dā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

and the city
וְהָעִ֖יר (wə·hā·‘îr)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

is full
מָלְאָ֥ה (mā·lə·’āh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4390: To fill, be full of

of violence.
חָמָֽס׃ (ḥā·mās)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2555: Violence, wrong, by meton, unjust gain
(23) Make a chain.--In the midst of this plain prophecy the strong tendency of the prophet's mind still runs to the symbolic act; but this can be thought of here only as done in word. The chain is to bind captive the guilty people.

Verse 23. - Make a chain; better, the chain. The word is not found elsewhere, but a kindred form is thus translated in 1 Kings 6:21. Looking to the force of the verbs from which it is formed, its special meaning is that of a coupling chain, such as would be used in the case of captives marched off to their place of exile (Nahum 3:10). All previous sufferings were to culminate in this. The φυρμόν of the LXX. and the fac conclusionem of the Vulgate show that the word perplexed them. Full of bloody crimes. The only passage in the Authorized Version of the Old Testament in which the English noun occurs. Literally, judgments of blood. The words may be equivalent either

(1) to "blood guiltiness" (compare the "judgment" in Jeremiah 51:9), or

(2) to judgment perverted into judicial murder. The latter finds support in Ezekiel 9:9. In either case it is noticeable that Ezekiel points not only to idolatry, but to violence and wrong, as the sins that had cried for punishment (comp. Jeremiah 22:17 as a contemporary witness). 7:23-27 Whoever break the bands of God's law, will find themselves bound and held by the chains of his judgments. Since they encouraged one another to sin, God would dishearten them. All must needs be in trouble, when God comes to judge them according to their deserts. May the Lord enable us to seek that good part which shall not be taken away.
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