Ezekiel 19:8

8 Then the nations came against him, those from regions round about. They spread their net for him, and he was trapped in their pit.

Read Ezekiel 19:8 Using Other Translations

Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.
Then the nations set against him from provinces on every side; they spread their net over him; he was taken in their pit.
Then the armies of the nations attacked him, surrounding him from every direction. They threw a net over him and captured him in their pit.

What does Ezekiel 19:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 19:8

Then the nations set against him
Or, "gave against him" {y}; that is, their voice, as Kimchi; they called to one another, to gather together against him; they gave their counsel against him; they, joined together, agreed, and combined against him, and disposed their armies, and set them in array against him: on every side from the provinces;
Nebuchadnezzar and his auxiliaries, which consisted of the people of the provinces all around, who were brought together, and placed round about Jerusalem, at the siege of it; particularly the bands of the Chaldeans, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites, ( 2 Kings 24:1 2 Kings 24:2 ) ; and spread their net over him;
which may be expressive both of the policy, crafty and secret contrivances and designs, of Jehoiakim's enemies; and of their external force and hostile power against him: he was taken in their pit;
which they dug for him, or by the means which they contrived for his ruin, and which they put in execution and effected: the metaphor of a lion is carried on, and the manner of taking one is alluded to, which is commonly in pits, as Pliny F26 says; and the Arabs now dig a pit where lions are observed to enter, and covering it over slightly with reeds, of small branches of trees, they frequently decoy and catch them F1.


F25 (wyle wntyw) "et ediderunt vocem"; Vatablus.
F26 "Capere eos ardui erat quondam operis, foveisque maxime". Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 16.
F1 Dr. Shaw's Travels, p. 172. Ed. 2.
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