Ezekiel 14:1

Idolaters Condemned

1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.

Ezekiel 14:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
ESV
1 Then certain of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me.
NLT
1 Then some of the leaders of Israel visited me, and while they were sitting with me,
MSG
1 Some of the leaders of Israel approached me and sat down with me.
CSB
1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.

Ezekiel 14:1 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 14:1

Then came certain, of the elders of Israel unto me
The Syriac version adds, "to consult the Lord"; by the prophet. These, according to Kimchi, were the elders of the captivity, the heads of the captives that were now in Babylon with Ezekiel: but there are others that think they were some that came from Jerusalem to Babylon on some business or another; and having heard much of the prophet, came to visit him, and to hear his prophecies, and inquire of the Lord by him: and sat before me;
silent and pensive, as persons in anxiety and distress; or as hearers of him, for sitting is a hearing gesture; they sat and heard with great attention, gravity, and seriousness, with seeming affection and reverence; and all this was not in a visionary way, but was a real fact; see ( Ezekiel 33:31 Ezekiel 33:32 ) .

Ezekiel 14:1 In-Context

1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.
2 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
3 “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?
4 Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the LORD will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.
5 I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Ezekiel 8:1; Ezekiel 20:1