Ezekiel 11:3

3 They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’

Ezekiel 11:3 in Other Translations

3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.
3 who say, 'The time is not near to build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.'
3 They say to the people, ‘Is it not a good time to build houses? This city is like an iron pot. We are safe inside it like meat in a pot. ’
3 They say, 'We can make anything happen here. We're the best. We're the choice pieces of meat in the soup pot.'
3 They are saying: Isn't the time near to build houses? The city is the pot, and we are the meat.

Ezekiel 11:3 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 11:3

Which say [it is] not near, let us build houses
Meaning that the destruction of the city was not near, as the prophet had foretold, ( Ezekiel 7:3 Ezekiel 7:6 Ezekiel 7:7 Ezekiel 7:10 Ezekiel 7:12 ) ; and therefore encourage the people to build houses, and rest themselves secure, as being safe from all danger, and having nothing to fear from the Chaldean army; and so putting away the evil day far from them, which was just at hand: though the words may be rendered, "it is not [proper] to build houses near" {e}; near the city of Jerusalem, in the suburbs of it, since they would be liable to be destroyed by the enemy; but this would not be condemned as wicked counsel, but must be judged very prudent and advisable: and the same may be objected to another rendering of the word, which might be offered, "not in the midst to build houses"; or it is not proper to build houses in the midst of the city, in order to receive the multitude that flock out of the country, through fear of the enemy, to Jerusalem for safety; since by this means, as the number of the inhabitants would be increased, so provisions in time would become scarce, and a famine must ensue, which would oblige to deliver up the city into the hands of the besiegers; wherefore the first sense seems best. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render them, "are not the houses lately built?" and so not easily demolished, and are like to continue long, and we in them; this [city is] the cauldron, and we [be] the flesh;
referring to, and laughing at, what one of the prophets, namely Jeremiah, had said of them, comparing them to a boiling pot, ( Jeremiah 1:13 ) ; and it is as if they should say, be it so, that this city is as a cauldron or boiling pot, then we are the flesh in it; and as flesh is not taken out of a pot until it is boiled, no more shall we be removed from hence till we die; we shall live and die in this city; and as it is difficult and dangerous to take hot boiling meat out of a cauldron, so it, is unlikely we should be taken out of this city, and carried captive; what a cauldron or brasen pot is to the flesh, it holds and keeps it from falling into the fire; that the walls of Jerusalem are to us, our safety and preservation; nor need we fear captivity.


F5 (Mytb twnb bwrqb al) "non in propinque aedificandae domus", Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius, Polanus; "non in propinquo aedificare domos", Montanus, Piscator, Starckius.

Ezekiel 11:3 In-Context

1 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
2 The LORD said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.
3 They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’
4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”
5 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 1:13; Ezekiel 24:3
  • 2. ver 7,11; Ezekiel 12:22,27; Micah 3:3
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