Ezekiel 7:23

23 “ ‘Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.

Read Ezekiel 7:23 Using Other Translations

Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
"Forge a chain!For the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.
“Prepare chains for my people, for the land is bloodied by terrible crimes. Jerusalem is filled with violence.

What does Ezekiel 7:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 7:23

Make a chain
To bind them; not the robbers, the Chaldeans, but the Jews; in order either to bring them to the bar to be tried for capital crimes hereafter mentioned, or to be led bound in chains into captivity; see ( Nehemiah 3:10 ) ; for the land is full of bloody crimes;
or, "judgment of bloods" F13; capital crimes, such as are deserving of death, particularly murder, or shedding of innocent blood; so the Targum interprets it of sins of murder: and the city is full of violence;
rapine, oppression, and injury done to the poor, the widow, and the fatherless; meaning the city of Jerusalem, where was the great court of judicature, and where justice ought to have been administered.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (Mymd jpvm) "judicio sanguiuum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Calvin, Polanus, Starckius; "criminibus capitalibus", Piscator; "sanguianariis judiciis", Castalio.
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