Ezekiel 24:18

18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.

Read Ezekiel 24:18 Using Other Translations

So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
So I proclaimed this to the people the next morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did everything I had been told to do.

What does Ezekiel 24:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 24:18

So I spake unto the people in the morning
Did the duty of his office as a prophet; exhorted and instructed the people, particularly informed them of what had been said to him by the Lord, the evening or night before, concerning the death of his wife, and how he was to behave under such a providence; which he told them of before hand, that, when it came to pass, they might have a further proof of his being a true prophet of the Lord: and at even my wife died;
suddenly, as it was said she should; this shows who is meant by the desire of his eyes, and what by the taking it away; and I did in the morning as I was commanded;
neither moaned, nor sighed, nor wept, nor shed a tear, nor used any of the common ceremonies of mourning, but dressed and ate as at other times, as he was ordered to do; this was the next morning after his wife died. So the Syriac version,

``in the morning of the other day;''
and the Arabic version,
``in the morning of the following day.''
Thus whatever the Lord commands is to be done, though ever so contrary to the customs of men, or to natural inclinations and affections.
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