New Living Translation
"O people of Israel, these prophets of yours are like jackals digging in the ruins.
King James Bible
O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
Darby Bible Translation
O Israel, thy prophets have been like foxes in desert places.
World English Bible
Israel, your prophets have been like foxes in the waste places.
Young's Literal Translation
As foxes in the wastes, Thy prophets, O Israel, have been.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
13:4 Thy prophets - Thy prophets, not mine. Like the foxes - Hungry, and ravening, crafty, and guileful. In the deserts - Where want makes them more eager after their prey.
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: What sorrow awaits the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all!'
They have done nothing to repair the breaks in the walls around the nation. They have not helped it to stand firm in battle on the day of the LORD.
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