Ezekiel 7:23
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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.

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 …

Jeremiah 27:2 Thus said the LORD to me; Make you bonds and yokes, and put them on your neck,

Jeremiah 40:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzaradan …

Lamentations 3:7 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy.

Nahum 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children …

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Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah …

Ezekiel 11:6 You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled …

Ezekiel 22:3-6,9,13,27 Then say you, Thus said the Lord GOD, The city sheds blood in the …

2 Kings 21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled …

2 Kings 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 59:3,7 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; …

Jeremiah 2:34 Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: …

Jeremiah 7:6 If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and …

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and …

Hosea 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing …

Micah 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and …

Micah 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright …

Zephaniah 3:3,4 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …







(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). Make a chain,.... To bind them; not the robbers, the Chaldeans, but the Jews; in order either to bring them to the bar to be tried for capital crimes hereafter mentioned, or to be led bound in chains into captivity; see Nehemiah 3:10;

for the land is full of bloody crimes; or, "judgment of bloods" (m); capital crimes, such as are deserving of death, particularly murder, or shedding of innocent blood; so the Targum interprets it of sins of murder:

and the city is full of violence; rapine, oppression, and injury done to the poor, the widow, and the fatherless; meaning the city of Jerusalem, where was the great court of judicature, and where justice ought to have been administered.

(m) "judicio sanguiuum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin, Polanus, Starckius; "criminibus capitalibus", Piscator; "sanguianariis judiciis", Castalio. 23. chain—symbol of the captivity (compare Jer 27:2). As they enchained the land with violence, so shall they be chained themselves. It was customary to lead away captives in a row with a chain passed from the neck of one to the other. Therefore translate as the Hebrew requires, "the chain," namely, that usually employed on such occasions. Calvin explains it, that the Jews should be dragged, whether they would or no, before God's tribunal to be tried as culprits in chains. The next words favor this: "bloody crimes," rather, "judgment of bloods," that is, with blood sheddings deserving the extreme judicial penalty. Compare Jer 51:9: "Her judgment reacheth unto heaven."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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