Ezekiel 8:3

3 He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood.

Read Ezekiel 8:3 Using Other Translations

And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
He put out the form of a hand and took me by a lock of my head, and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy.
He reached out what seemed to be a hand and took me by the hair. Then the Spirit lifted me up into the sky and transported me to Jerusalem in a vision from God. I was taken to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the Temple, where there is a large idol that has made the LORD very jealous.

What does Ezekiel 8:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 8:3

And he put forth the form of an hand
That is, he that appeared in the likeness of a man, and with so much glory and splendour, out of the midst of the fire and brightness which were about him, put forth the form of a hand, that looked like a man's hand; for this appearance was not real, only visionary; and this seems to design the Spirit of God sent forth by Christ, sometimes called the finger of God, ( Luke 11:20 ) ; as appears by what follows: and took me by a lock of mine head;
without hurting him, showing his power over him; and by this means raising him from his seat, as it seemed to the prophet: and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and heaven;
took him off of his seat, and out of his house, lifted him up in the air, and carried him through it, as he thought; for this was not real and local; in like manner as the spirit caught away Philip, ( Acts 8:39 ) ; but in vision, as follows: and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem;
so it was represented to him in a true vision, which was of God, and not of Satan, that he was carried from Chaldea to Jerusalem; not that he really was, for he was still in Chaldea; and here in vision was he brought again, and found himself to be when that vision was over, ( Ezekiel 11:24 Ezekiel 11:25 ) ; but things so appeared to him, as if he was actually brought to Jerusalem by the power of the Spirit of God: to the door of the inner gate:
not of Jerusalem, but the temple, or rather the court, the inner court; see ( Ezekiel 10:3 ) ; and so it should be rendered "to the door of the gate of the inner court" F19; and thus it is explained by Jarchi, Kimchi, and Ben Melech: that looketh toward the north;
for there were gates on every side: where [was] the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to
jealousy;
some graven image, perhaps the image of Baal; so called, because it provoked the Lord to jealousy, ( Deuteronomy 32:21 ) . Gussetius F20 suggests, that (lmo) , "Semel", here may be the same with Semele; who, in the opinion of the Heathens, made Juno jealous.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (tymynph rev xtp la) "ad ostium portae interioris, [sub.] atrii", Pagninus, Vatablus, Piscator.
F20 Ebr. Comment. p. 903.
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