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Ezekiel 3:7

7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate.

Read Ezekiel 3:7 Using Other Translations

But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart.
But the people of Israel won’t listen to you any more than they listen to me! For the whole lot of them are hard-hearted and stubborn.

What does Ezekiel 3:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 3:7

But the house of Israel would not hearken unto thee
"They are not willing" F12; they have no desire, no inclination, to hear and hearken; but the reverse; they were capable of hearing and understanding his speech and language, and though he was sent unto them by the Lord: and indeed the reason why they did not hearken to him was not because they rejected him and his words, but because they rejected the Lord and his words; they were the words of the Lord, and his reproofs; and therefore they would not hearken to them as follows: for they will not hearken unto me;
and which is an argument why the prophet should bear with patience their disregard to him and his words, and their neglect and contempt of them; for, seeing they would not hear the Lord, how could he exact they should hear him? and therefore he should not be uneasy at it; see ( John 15:20 ) ; for all the house of Israel [are] impudent and hardhearted;
or, "strong of front, and hard of heart" F13; they had a whore's forehead, an impudent face, that could not blush and be ashamed; and hearts of stone, like a rock, and harder than the nether millstone, on which no impressions, could be made by all the admonitions and reproofs given them; see ( Ezekiel 2:4 ) ; and this was the case of all of them in general, excepting some very few; which shows the sad degeneracy of this people.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 (wbay al) "non cupient", Montanus; "non volunt", Cocceius; "non illi volentes", Starckius.
F13 (bl yvqw xum yqzx) "obfirmati fronte et duri corde", Polanus, Starckius; "obfirmati frontis et duri cordis", Piscator.
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