Compare Translations for Ezekiel 5:10

Ezekiel 5:10 ASV
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on thee; and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter unto all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 ASV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 ASV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 BBE
For this cause fathers will take their sons for food among you, and sons will make a meal of their fathers; and I will be judge among you, and all the rest of you I will send away to every wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 BBE  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 BBE in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 CEB
Therefore, parents among you will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will impose penalties from case laws on you and scatter all that is left of you to the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 CEB  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 CEB in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 CJB
Parents among you will eat their children, and children will eat their parents! I will execute judgments among you and scatter to all the winds those of you who remain.
Read Ezekiel 5 CJB  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 CJB in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 RHE
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers: and I will execute judgments in thee, and I will scatter thy whole remnant into every wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 RHE  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 RHE in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 ESV
Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 ESV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 ESV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 GW
That is why parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and scatter whoever is left to the wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 GW  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 GW in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 GNT
As a result, parents in Jerusalem will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and scatter in every direction any who are left alive.
Read Ezekiel 5 GNT  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 GNT in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 HNV
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of you, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you; and the whole remnant of you will I scatter to all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 HNV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 HNV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 CSB
As a result, fathers will eat [their] sons within Jerusalem, and sons will eat their fathers. I will execute judgments against you and scatter all your survivors to every direction of the wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 CSB  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 CSB in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 KJV
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 KJV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 KJV in parallel  |  Interlinear view
Ezekiel 5:10 LEB
Therefore parents will eat children in the midst of you, and children will eat their parents, and I will execute judgment in you, and I will scatter your entire remnant to every wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 LEB  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 LEB in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 NAS
'Therefore, fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers; for I will execute judgments on you and scatter all your remnant to every wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 NAS  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NAS in parallel  |  Interlinear view
Ezekiel 5:10 NCV
So parents among you will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and will scatter to the winds all who are left alive.
Read Ezekiel 5 NCV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NCV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 NIRV
So parents will eat their own children inside the city. And children will eat their parents. I will punish you. And I will scatter to the winds anyone who is left alive.
Read Ezekiel 5 NIRV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NIRV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 NIV
Therefore in your midst fathers will eat their children, and children will eat their fathers. I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 NIV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NIV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 NKJV
Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 NKJV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NKJV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 NLT
Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. And I will punish you by scattering the few who survive to the far reaches of the earth.
Read Ezekiel 5 NLT  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NLT in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 NRS
Surely, parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children shall eat their parents; I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to every wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 NRS  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 NRS in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 RSV
Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in the midst of you, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 RSV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 RSV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 DBY
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter to all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 DBY  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 DBY in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 MSG
turn families into cannibals - parents eating children, children eating parents! Punishment indeed. And whoever's left over I'll throw to the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 MSG  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 MSG in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 WBT
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 WBT  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 WBT in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 TMB
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 TMB  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 TMB in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 TNIV
Therefore in your midst parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 TNIV  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 TNIV in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 WEB
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of you, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you; and the whole remnant of you will I scatter to all the winds.
Read Ezekiel 5 WEB  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 WEB in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 WYC
Therefore fathers shall eat (their) sons in the midst of thee, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I shall make dooms in thee (and I shall bring in judgements upon thee), and I shall winnow all thine remnants into each wind;
Read Ezekiel 5 WYC  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 WYC in parallel  
Ezekiel 5:10 YLT
Therefore fathers do eat sons in thy midst, And sons eat their fathers, And I have done in thee judgments, And have scattered all thy remnant to every wind.
Read Ezekiel 5 YLT  |  Read Ezekiel 5:10 YLT in parallel  

Ezekiel 5 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 5

A type of hair, showing the judgments about to come upon the Jews. (1-4) These awful judgments are declared. (5-17)

Verses 1-4 The prophet must shave off the hair of his head and beard, which signifies God's utter rejecting and abandoning that people. One part must be burned in the midst of the city, denoting the multitudes that should perish by famine and pestilence. Another part was to be cut in pieces, representing the many who were slain by the sword. Another part was to be scattered in the wind, denoting the carrying away of some into the land of the conqueror, and the flight of others into the neighbouring countries for shelter. A small quantity of the third portion was to be bound in his shirts, as that of which he is very careful. But few were reserved. To whatever refuge sinners flee, the fire and sword of God's wrath will consume them.

Verses 5-17 The sentence passed upon Jerusalem is very dreadful, the manner of expression makes it still more so. Who is able to stand in God's sight when he is angry? Those who live and die impenitent, will perish for ever unpitied; there is a day coming when the Lord will not spare. Let not persons or churches, who change the Lord's statutes, expect to escape the doom of Jerusalem. Let us endeavour to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Sooner or later God's word will prove itself true.

Ezekiel 5 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 5

Ezekiel 5:1-17 . VISION OF CUTTING THE HAIRS, AND THE CALAMITIES FORESHADOWED THEREBY.

1. knife . . . razor--the sword of the foe (compare Isaiah 7:20 ). This vision implies even severer judgments than the Egyptian afflictions foreshadowed in the former, for their guilt was greater than that of their forefathers.
thine head--as representative of the Jews. The whole hair being shaven off was significant of severe and humiliating ( 2 Samuel 10:4 2 Samuel 10:5 ) treatment. Especially in the case of a priest; for priests ( Leviticus 21:5 ) were forbidden "to make baldness on their head," their hair being the token of consecration; hereby it was intimated that the ceremonial must give place to the moral.
balances--implying the just discrimination with which Jehovah weighs out the portion of punishment "divided," that is, allotted to each: the "hairs" are the Jews: the divine scales do not allow even one hair to escape accurate weighing (compare Matthew 10:30 ).

2. Three classes are described. The sword was to destroy one third of the people; famine and plague another third ("fire" in Ezekiel 5:2 being explained in Ezekiel 5:12 to mean pestilence and famine); that which remained was to be scattered among the nations. A few only of the last portion were to escape, symbolized by the hairs bound in Ezekiel's skirts ( Ezekiel 5:3 , Jeremiah 40:6 , 52:16 ). Even of these some were to be thrown into the fiery ordeal again ( Ezekiel 5:4 , Jeremiah 41:1 Jeremiah 41:2 , &c. Jeremiah 44:14 , &c.). The "skirts" being able to contain but few express that extreme limit to which God's goodness can reach.

5, 6. Explanation of the symbols:
Jerusalem--not the mere city, but the people of Israel generally, of which it was the center and representative.
in . . . midst--Jerusalem is regarded in God's point of view as center of the whole earth, designed to radiate the true light over the nations in all directions. Compare Margin ("navel"), Ezekiel 38:12 , Psalms 48:2 , Jeremiah 3:17 . No center in the ancient heathen world could have been selected more fitted than Canaan to be a vantage ground, whence the people of God might have acted with success upon the heathenism of the world. It lay midway between the oldest and most civilized states, Egypt and Ethiopia on one side, and Babylon, Nineveh, and India on the other, and afterwards Persia, Greece, and Rome. The Phoenician mariners were close by, through whom they might have transmitted the true religion to the remotest lands; and all around the Ishmaelites, the great inland traders in South Asia and North Africa. Israel was thus placed, not for its own selfish good, but to be the spiritual benefactor of the whole world. Compare Psalms 67:1-7 throughout. Failing in this, and falling into idolatry, its guilt was far worse than that of the heathen; not that Israel literally went beyond the heathen in abominable idolatries. But "corruptio optimi pessima"; the perversion of that which in itself is the best is worse than the perversion of that which is less perfect: is in fact the worst of all kinds of perversion. Therefore their punishment was the severest. So the position of the Christian professing Church now, if it be not a light to the heathen world, its condemnation will be sorer than theirs ( Matthew 5:13 , 11:21-24 , Hebrews 10:28 Hebrews 10:29 ).

6. changed . . . into--rather, "hath resisted My judgments wickedly"; "hath rebelled against My ordinances for wickedness" [BUXTORF]. But

7. multiplied--rather, "have been more abundantly outrageous"; literally, "to tumultuate"; to have an extravagant rage for idols.
neither have done according to the judgments of the nations--have not been as tenacious of the true religion as the nations have been of the false. The heathen "changed" not their gods, but the Jews changed Jehovah for idols (see Ezekiel 5:6 , "changed My judgments into wickedness," that is, idolatry, Jeremiah 2:11 ). The Chaldean version and the Masora support the negative. Others omit it (as it is omitted in Ezekiel 11:12 ), and translate, "but have done according to the judgments," &c. However, both Ezekiel 11:12 and also this verse are true. They in one sense "did according to the heathen," namely, in all that was bad; in another, namely, in that which was good, zeal for religion, they did not. Ezekiel 5:9 also proves the negative to be genuine; because in changing their religion, they have not done as the nations which have not changed theirs, "I (also) will do in thee that which I have not done."

8. I, even I--awfully emphatic. I, even I, whom thou thinkest to be asleep, but who am ever reigning as the Omnipotent Avenger of sin, will vindicate My righteous government before the nations by judgments on thee.


that which I have not done--worse than any former judgments ( Lamentations 4:6 , Daniel 9:12 ). The prophecy includes the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and the final one by Antichrist ( Zechariah 13:8 Zechariah 13:9 , 14:2 ), as well as that by Nebuchadnezzar. Their doom of evil was not exhausted by the Chaldean conquest. There was to be a germinating evil in their destiny, because there would be, as the Lord foresaw, a germinating evil in their character. As God connected Himself peculiarly with Israel, so there was to be a peculiar manifestation of God's wrath against sin in their case [FAIRBAIRN]. The higher the privileges the greater the punishment in the case of abuse of them. When God's greatest favor, the gospel, was given, and was abused by them, then "the wrath was to come on them to the uttermost" ( 1 Thessalonians 2:16 ).

10. fathers . . . eat . . . sons--alluding to Moses words ( Leviticus 26:29 , Deuteronomy 28:53 ), with the additional sad feature, that "the sons should eat their fathers" (see 2 Kings 6:28 , Jeremiah 19:9 , Lamentations 2:20 , 4:10 ).

11. as I five--the most solemn of oaths, pledging the self-existence of God for the certainty of the event.
defiled my sanctuary--the climax of Jewish guilt: their defiling Jehovah's temple by introducing idols.
diminish--literally "withdraw," namely, Mine "eye" (which presently follows), that is, My favors; Job 36:7 uses the Hebrew verb in the same way. As the Jews had withdrawn from God's sanctuary its sacredness by "defiling" it, so God withdraws His countenance from them. The significance of the expression lies in the allusion to Deuteronomy 4:2 , "Ye shall not diminish aught from the word which I command you"; they had done so, therefore God diminishes them. The reading found in six manuscripts, "I will cut thee off," is not so good.

12. Statement in plain terms of what was intended by the symbols ( Ezekiel 5:2 ; see Ezekiel 6:12 , Jeremiah 15:2 , 21:9 ).
draw out . . . sword after them--( Leviticus 26:33 ). Skeptics object; no such thing happened under Zedekiah, as is here foretold; namely, that a third part of the nation should die by pestilence, a third part by the sword, and a third be scattered unto all winds, and a sword sent after them. But the prophecy is not restricted to Zedekiah's time. It includes all that Israel suffered, or was still to suffer, for their sins, especially those committed at that period ( Ezekiel 17:21 ). It only received its primary fulfilment under Zedekiah: numbers then died by the pestilence and by the sword; and numbers were scattered in all quarters and not carried to Babylonia alone, as the objectors assert (compare Ezra 1:4 , Esther 3:8 , Obadiah 1:14 ).
pestilence . . . and famine--signified by the symbol "fire" ( Ezekiel 5:2 ). Compare Isaiah 13:8 , Lamentations 5:10 ; plague and famine burning and withering the countenance, as fire does.

13. cause my fury to rest upon them--as on its proper and permanent resting-place ( Isaiah 30:32 , Margin).
I will be comforted--expressed in condescension to man's conceptions; signifying His satisfaction in the vindication of His justice by His righteous judgments ( Deuteronomy 28:63 , Proverbs 1:26 , Isaiah 1:24 ).
they shall how--by bitter experience.

14. reproach among the nations--They whose idolatries Israel had adopted, instead of comforting, would only exult in their calamities brought on by those idolatries (compare Luke 15:15 ).

15. instruction--literally, "a corrective chastisement," that is, a striking example to warn all of the fatal consequences of sin. For "it shall be"; all ancient versions have "thou," which the connection favors.

16. arrows of famine--hail, rain, mice, locusts, mildew (see Deuteronomy 32:23 Deuteronomy 32:24 ).
increase the famine--literally, "congregate" or "collect." When ye think your harvest safe because ye have escaped drought, mildew, &c., I will find other means [CALVIN], which I will congregate as the forces of an invading army, to bring famine on you.

17. beasts--perhaps meaning destructive conquerors ( Daniel 7:4 ). Rather, literal "beasts," which infest desolated regions such as Judea was to become (compare Ezekiel 34:28 , Exodus 23:29 , Deuteronomy 32:24 , 2 Kings 17:25 ). The same threat is repeated in manifold forms to awaken the careless.
sword--civil war.