Ezekiel 3:16

Ezekiel as a Watchman

16 Now at the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me:

Ezekiel 3:16 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 3:16

And it came to pass at the end of seven days
Some think it was on the sabbath day he had the following declaration made to him, and instructions given him; but this is not certain; nor does it follow, or to be concluded, from such a way of speaking: that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying;
the Targum is,

``the word of prophecy from before the Lord.''

Ezekiel 3:16 In-Context

14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away. I left in bitterness and in an angry spirit, and the Lord's hand was on me powerfully.
15 I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were living by the Chebar Canal, and I sat there stunned for seven days.
16 Now at the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me:
17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.
18 If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him-you don't speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life-that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
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