Ezekiel 14:10

10 And they shall bear their punishment[a]--the punishment of the prophet and the punishment of the inquirer shall be alike--

Ezekiel 14:10 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 14:10

And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity
Both the false prophet, and those that sought unto him, and were deceived by him; and which being laid according to the strictness of divine justice, is intolerable: sad is the case when a man is obliged to bear his own sins, and the punishment of them, and has no surety to undertake for him, and be a mediator between God and him, and make atonement for him: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him
that seekest [unto him];
they being both alike culpable, each pursuing the desires of their own evil hearts; the one seeking for smooth things to be spoken to him; the other speaking them, in order to gratify him, and for the sake of gain; the one being a false prophet, and the other seeking to and inquiring of him, though he was such, slighting and rejecting the true prophets of the Lord; both being deceived, and both blind, and so should fall into the same ditch, being under the same judicial blindness and hardness of heart. The Targum is,

``according to the sin of him that comes to learn and learns not; according to the sin of the false prophet shall it be.''

Ezekiel 14:10 In-Context

8 And I will set my face against that man; I will make him a sign and a byword and cut him off from the midst of my people, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
9 And if the prophet is deceived and speaks a word, I, the LORD, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
10 And they shall bear their punishment--the punishment of the prophet and the punishment of the inquirer shall be alike--
11 that the house of Israel may no more go astray from me, nor defile themselves anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may be my people and I may be their God, declares the Lord GOD."
12 And the word of the LORD came to me:

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or iniquity; three times in this verse