New International Version
Then I said, "Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just telling parables?'"
King James Bible
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Ah, Lord Jehovah! 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?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ah Lord God - O my God, consider my situation; who will believe what I shall say? They put the evil day far from them.
Doth he not speak parables? - הלא ממשל משלים הוא halo memashshel meshalim hu, "Is not he a maker of parables?" Is it not his custom to deal in enigmas? His figures are not to be understood; we should not trouble ourselves with them. We are not obliged to fathom his meaning; and perhaps after all it does not refer to us, or will not be accomplished in our time, if it even respect the land. Thus they turned aside what might have done them good, and rejected the counsel of God against themselves.
By dividing the word with our neighbor we often lose the benefit both of threatenings and promises. They voluntarily shut their own eyes; and then God, in judgment, sealed them up in darkness.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Doth. Is it not his usual custom to deal in enigmas? His figures are not to be understood; we should not trouble ourselves with them. God therefore commands the prophet to declare, in the next chapter, the same things in the plainest terms, so that they should not complain of his parables.
LibraryTen Reasons Demonstrating the Commandment of the Sabbath to be Moral.
1. Because all the reasons of this commandment are moral and perpetual; and God has bound us to the obedience of this commandment with more forcible reasons than to any of the rest--First, because he foresaw that irreligious men would either more carelessly neglect, or more boldly break this commandment than any other; secondly, because that in the practice of this commandment the keeping of all the other consists; which makes God so often complain that all his worship is neglected or overthrown, …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
Then I said, "Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth."
"Son of man, did not the Israelites, that rebellious people, ask you, 'What are you doing?'
"Son of man, set forth an allegory and tell it to the Israelites as a parable.
The word of the LORD came to me:
Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.
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