Ezekiel 8:17

Overview - Ezekiel 8
Ezekiel, in a vision of God at Jerusalem,
is shewn the image of jealousy;
the chambers of imagery;
13 the mourners for Tammuz;
16 the worshippers toward the sun.
17 God's wrath for their idolatry.
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Ezekiel 8:17  (King James Version)
Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

Is it a light, etc or, Is there any thing lighter than to
commit, etc
7:23 9:9 11:6 Genesis 6:13 ; 2 Kings 21:16 ; 24:4 Jeremiah 6:7 ; 19:4 20:8
Amos 3:10 ; 6:3 Micah 2:2 ; 6:12 Zephaniah 1:9

they put
So the Vulgate has, {applicant ramum ad nares suas,} "they apply the branch to their nose;" which Jerome explains by "a branch of the palm tree with which they adored the idols;" and it seems plainly to allude to the Magian fire-worshippers, who, Strabo tells us, held a little bunch of twigs in their hand, when praying before the fire.