New International Version
"Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: 'The days go by and every vision comes to nothing'?
King James Bible
Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, what is that proverb which ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days shall be prolonged, and every vision faileth?
World English Bible
Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?
Young's Literal Translation
Son of man, what is this simile to you, concerning the land of Israel, saying, Prolonged are the days, and perished hath every vision?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? - These are the words of the infidels and scoffers, who, because vengeance was not speedily executed on an evil work, set their heart to do iniquity. "These predictions either will not come in our days, or will wholly fail; why then should we disquiet ourselves about them?" Strange, that the very means used by the most gracious God to bring sinners to repentance, should be made by them the very instruments of their own destruction! See 2 Peter 3:4.
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'... He prophesieth of the times that are far off.'--EZEKIEL xii. 27. Human nature was very much the same in the exiles that listened to Ezekiel on the banks of the Chebar and in Manchester to-day. The same neglect of God's message was grounded then on the same misapprehension of its bearings which profoundly operates in the case of many people now. Ezekiel had been proclaiming the fall of Jerusalem to the exiles whose captivity preceded it by a few years; and he was confronted by the incredulity …
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2 Peter 3:4
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
to those who say, "Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel-- let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it."
They have lied about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.
Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end.
They say, 'Haven't our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.'
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, the Israelites are saying, 'The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.'
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