Compare Translations for Ezekiel 9:9

Ezekiel 9:9 ASV
Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of wrestling [of judgment]: for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the land, and Jehovah seeth not.
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Ezekiel 9:9 BBE
Then he said to me, The sin of the children of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is full of blood and the town full of evil ways: for they say, The Lord has gone away from the land, and the Lord does not see.
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Ezekiel 9:9 CEB
He said to me: “Judah and the house of Israel are very, very guilty. The land is filled with blood, and the city is full of injustice. They have said, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD sees nothing.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 CJB
Then he said to me, "The wickedness of the house of Isra'el and Y'hudah is enormous, the land is full of blood, and the city is full of justice denied; because they say, 'ADONAI has left the land, ADONAI doesn't see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 RHE
And he said to me: The iniquity of the house of Israel, and of Juda, is exceeding great, and the land is filled with blood, and the city is filled with perverseness: for they have said: The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.
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Ezekiel 9:9 ESV
Then he said to me, "The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 GW
He answered me, "The wickedness of the nations of Israel and Judah is terrible. The land is filled with murder, and the city is filled with wrongdoing. They think that the LORD has abandoned the land and that he doesn't see.
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Ezekiel 9:9 GNT
God answered, "The people of Israel and Judah are guilty of terrible sins. They have committed murder all over the land and have filled Jerusalem with crime. They say that I, the Lord, have abandoned their country and that I don't see them.
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Ezekiel 9:9 HNV
Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Yisra'el and Yehudah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of wrestling [of judgment]: for they say, the LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD doesn't see.
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Ezekiel 9:9 CSB
He answered me: "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is extremely great; the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say: The Lord has abandoned the land; He does not see.
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Ezekiel 9:9 KJV
Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say , The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.
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Ezekiel 9:9 LEB
And he said to me, "The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah [is] {exceedingly} great, and the land is filled with bloodguilt, and the city is full of injustice. For they say Yahweh abandoned the land, and {Yahweh does not see}.
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Ezekiel 9:9 NAS
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!'
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Ezekiel 9:9 NCV
Then he said to me, "The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is very great. The land is filled with people who murder, and the city is full of people who are not fair. The people say, 'The Lord has left the land, and the Lord does not see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 NIRV
He answered me, "The sin of Israel and Judah is very great. The land is full of murderers. They are not being fair to one another anywhere in Jerusalem. They say, 'The LORD has deserted the land. He doesn't see us.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 NIV
He answered me, "The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 NKJV
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, 'The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see!'
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Ezekiel 9:9 NLT
Then he said to me, "The sins of the people of Israel and Judah are very great. The entire land is full of murder; the city is filled with injustice. They are saying, 'The LORD doesn't see it! The LORD has forsaken the land!'
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Ezekiel 9:9 NRS
He said to me, "The guilt 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, and the Lord does not see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 RSV
Then he said to me, "The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice; for they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 DBY
And he said unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness; for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the earth, and Jehovah seeth not.
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Ezekiel 9:9 MSG
He said, "The guilt of Israel and Judah is enormous. The land is swollen with murder. The city is bloated with injustice. They all say, 'God has forsaken the country. He doesn't see anything we do.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 WBT
Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah [is] exceeding great, and the land [is] full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.
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Ezekiel 9:9 TMB
Then said He unto me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood and the city full of perverseness; for they say, `The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 TNIV
He answered me, "The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'
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Ezekiel 9:9 WEB
Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of wrestling [of judgment]: for they say, Yahweh has forsaken the land, and Yahweh doesn't see.
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Ezekiel 9:9 WYC
And he said to me, The wickedness of the house of Israel and of Judah is full great, and the land is filled of bloods, and the city is filled with turning away; for they said, The Lord hath forsaken the land, and the Lord seeth not. (And he said to me, The wickedness of the house of Israel and Judah is very great, and the land is filled with bloodshed, or of murder, and the city is filled with turning away from righteousness; for they said, The Lord hath abandoned the land, and the Lord seeth not.)
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Ezekiel 9:9 YLT
And He saith unto me, `The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah [is] very very great, and the land is full of blood, and the city hath been full of perverseness, for they have said: Jehovah hath forsaken the land, and Jehovah is not seeing.
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Ezekiel 9 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 9

A vision denoting the destruction of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the departure of the symbol of the Divine presence.

Verses 1-4 It is a great comfort to believers, that in the midst of destroyers and destructions, there is a Mediator, a great High Priest, who has an interest in heaven, and in whom saints on earth have an interest. The representation of the Divine glory from above the ark, removed to the threshold, denoted that the Lord was about to leave his mercy-seat, and to pronounce judgment on the people. The distinguishing character of this remnant that is to be saved, is such as sigh and cry to God in prayer, because of the abominations in Jerusalem. Those who keep pure in times of general wickedness, God will keep safe in times of general trouble and distress.

Verses 5-11 The slaughter must begin at the sanctuary, that all may see and know that the Lord hates sin most in those nearest to him. He who was appointed to protect, reported the matter. Christ is faithful to the trust reposed in him. Is he commanded by his Father to secure eternal life to the chosen remnant? He says, Of all that thou hast given me, I have lost none. If others perish, and we are saved, we must ascribe the difference wholly to the mercy of our God, for we too have deserved wrath. Let us still continue to plead in behalf of others. But where the Lord shows no mercy he does no injustice; he only recompenses men's ways.

Ezekiel 9 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 9

Ezekiel 9:1-11 . CONTINUATION OF THE PRECEDING VISION: THE SEALING OF THE FAITHFUL.

1. cried--contrasted with their "cry" for mercy ( Ezekiel 8:18 ) is the "cry" here for vengeance, showing how vain was the former.
them that have charge--literally, officers; so "officers" ( Isaiah 60:17 ), having the city in charge, not to guard, but to punish it. The angels who as "watchers" fulfil God's judgments ( Daniel 4:13 Daniel 4:17 Daniel 4:23 , Daniel 10:20 Daniel 10:21 ); the "princes" ( Jeremiah 39:3 ) of Nebuchadnezzar's army were under their guidance.
draw near--in the Hebrew intensive, "to draw near quickly."

2. clothed with linen--( Daniel 10:5 , Daniel 12:6 Daniel 12:7 ). His clothing marked his office as distinct from that of the six officers of vengeance; "linen" characterized the high priest ( Leviticus 16:4 ); emblematic of purity. The same garment is assigned to the angel of the Lord (for whom Michael is but another name) by the contemporary prophet Daniel ( Daniel 10:5 , Daniel 12:6 Daniel 12:7 ). Therefore the intercessory High Priest in heaven must be meant ( Zechariah 1:12 ). The six with Him are His subordinates; therefore He is said to be "among them," literally, "in the midst of them," as their recognized Lord ( Hebrews 1:6 ). He appears as a "man," implying His incarnation; as "one" (compare 1 Timothy 2:5 ). Salvation is peculiarly assigned to Him, and so He bears the "inkhorn" in order to "mark" His elect ( Ezekiel 9:4 ; compare Exodus 12:7 , Revelation 7:3 , 9:4 , Revelation 13:16 Revelation 13:17 , 20:4 ), and to write their names in His book of life ( Revelation 13:8 ). As Oriental scribes suspend their inkhorn at their side in the present day, and as a "scribe of the host is found in Assyrian inscriptions accompanying the host" to number the heads of the slain, so He stands ready for the work before Him. "The higher gate" was probably where now the gate of Damascus is. The six with Him make up the sacred and perfect number, seven ( Zechariah 3:9 , Revelation 5:6 ). The executors of judgment on the wicked, in Scripture teaching, are good, not bad, angels; the bad have permitted to them the trial of the pious ( Job 1:12 , 2 Corinthians 12:7 ). The judgment is executed by Him ( Ezekiel 10:2 Ezekiel 10:7 , John 5:22 John 5:27 ) through the six ( Matthew 13:41 , 25:31 ); so beautifully does the Old Testament harmonize with the New Testament. The seven come "from the way of the north"; for it was there the idolatries were seen, and from the same quarter must proceed the judgment (Babylon lying northeast of Judea). So Matthew 24:28 .
stood--the attitude of waiting reverently for Jehovah's commands.
brazen altar--the altar of burnt offerings, not the altar of incense, which was of gold. They "stood" there to imply reverent obedience; for there God gave His answers to prayer [CALVIN]; also as being about to slay victims to God's justice, they stand where sacrifices are usually slain [GROTIUS], ( Ezekiel 39:17 , Isaiah 34:6 , Jeremiah 12:3 , 46:10 ).

3. glory of . . . God--which had heretofore, as a bright cloud, rested on the mercy seat between the cherubim in the holy of holies ( 2 Samuel 6:2 , Psalms 80:1 ); its departure was the presage of the temple being given up to ruin; its going from the inner sanctuary to the threshold without, towards the officers standing at the altar outside, was in order to give them the commission of vengeance.

4. midst of . . . city . . . midst of Jerusalem--This twofold designation marks more emphatically the scene of the divine judgments.
a mark--literally, the Hebrew letter Tau, the last in the alphabet, used as a mark ("my sign," Job 31:35 , Margin); literally, Tau; originally written in the form of a cross, which TERTULLIAN explains as referring to the badge and only means of salvation, the cross of Christ. But nowhere in Scripture are the words which are now employed as names of letters used to denote the letters themselves or their figures [VITRINGA]. The noun here is cognate to the verb, "mark a mark." So in Revelation 7:3 no particular mark is specified. We seal what we wish to guard securely. When all things else on earth are confounded, God will secure His people from the common ruin. God gives the first charge as to their safety before He orders the punishment of the rest ( Psalms 31:20 , Isaiah 26:20 Isaiah 26:21 ). So in the case of Lot and Sodom ( Genesis 19:22 ); also the Egyptian first-born were not slain till Israel had time to sprinkle the blood-mark, ensuring their safety (compare Revelation 7:3 , Amos 9:9 ). So the early Christians had Pella provided as a refuge for them, before the destruction of Jerusalem.
upon the foreheads--the most conspicuous part of the person, to imply how their safety would be manifested to all (compare Jeremiah 15:11 , 39:11-18 ). It was customary thus to mark worshippers ( Revelation 13:16 , Revelation 14:1 Revelation 14:9 ) and servants. So the Church of England marks the forehead with the sign of the cross in baptizing. At the exodus the mark was on the houses, for then it was families; here, it is on the foreheads, for it is individuals whose safety is guaranteed.
sigh and . . . cry--similarly sounding verbs in Hebrew, as in English Version, expressing the prolonged sound of their grief. "Sigh" implies their inward grief ("groanings which cannot be uttered," Romans 8:26 ); "cry," the outward expression of it. So Lot ( 2 Peter 2:7 2 Peter 2:8 ). Tenderness should characterize the man of God, not harsh sternness in opposing the ungodly ( Psalms 119:53 Psalms 119:136 , Jeremiah 13:17 , 2 Corinthians 12:21 ); at the same time zeal for the honor of God ( Psalms 69:9 Psalms 69:10 , 1 John 5:19 ).

5. the others--the six officers of judgment ( Ezekiel 9:2 ).

6. come not near any . . . upon whom . . . mark--( Revelation 9:4 ). It may be objected that Daniel, Jeremiah, and others were carried away, whereas many of the vilest were left in the land. But God does not promise believers exemption from all suffering, but only from what will prove really and lastingly hurtful to them. His sparing the ungodly turns to their destruction and leaves them without excuse [CALVIN]. However, the prophecy waits a fuller and final fulfilment, for Revelation 7:3-8 , in ages long after Babylon, foretells, as still future, the same sealing of a remnant (one hundred forty-four thousand) of Israel previous to the final outpouring of wrath on the rest of the nation; the correspondence is exact; the same pouring of fire from the altar follows the marking of the remnant in both (compare Revelation 8:5 , with Ezekiel 10:2 ). So Zechariah 13:9 , 14:2 , distinguish the remnant from the rest of Israel.
begin at . . . sanctuary--For in it the greatest abominations had been committed; it had lost the reality of consecration by the blood of victims sacrificed to idols; it must, therefore, lose its semblance by the dead bodies of the slain idolaters ( Ezekiel 9:7 ). God's heaviest wrath falls on those who have sinned against the highest privileges; these are made to feel it first ( 1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:18 ). He hates sin most in those nearest to Him; for example, the priests, &c.
ancient men--the seventy elders.

8. I was left--literally "there was left I." So universal seemed the slaughter that Ezekiel thought himself the only one left [CALVIN]. He was the only one left of the priests "in the sanctuary."
fell upon my face--to intercede for his countrymen (so Numbers 16:22 ).
all the residue--a plea drawn from God's covenant promise to save the elect remnant.

9. exceeding--literally, "very, very"; doubled.
perverseness--"apostasy" [GROTIUS]; or, "wresting aside of justice."
Lord . . . forsaken . . . earth . . . seeth not--The order is reversed from Ezekiel 8:12 . There they speak of His neglect of His people in their misery; here they go farther and deny His providence ( Psalms 10:11 ), so that they may sin fearlessly. God, in answer to Ezekiel's question ( Ezekiel 9:8 ), leaves the difficulty unsolved; He merely vindicates His justice by showing it did not exceed their sin: He would have us humbly acquiesce in His judgments, and wait and trust.

10. mine eye--to show them their mistake in saying, "The Lord seeth not."
recompense their way upon their head--( Proverbs 1:31 ). Retribution in kind.

11. I have done as thou hast commanded--The characteristic of Messiah ( John 17:4 ). So the angels ( Psalms 103:21 ); and the apostles report their fulfilment of their orders ( Mark 6:30 ).