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Ezekiel 12:12-13

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12:12 “The prince 1  who is among them will raise his belongings 2  onto his shoulder in darkness, and will go out. He 3  will dig a hole in the wall to leave through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land with his eyes. 12:13 But I will throw my net over him, and he will be caught in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans 4  (but he will not see it), 5  and there he will die. 6 

1 sn The prince is a reference to Zedekiah.

2 tn The words “his belongings” are not in the Hebrew text but are implied.

3 tc The MT reads “they”; the LXX and Syriac read “he.”

4 tn Or “Babylonians” (NCV, NLT).

sn The Chaldeans were a group of people in the country south of Babylon from which Nebuchadnezzar came. The Chaldean dynasty his father established became the name by which the Babylonians are regularly referred to in the book of Jeremiah, while Jeremiah’s contemporary, Ezekiel, uses both terms.

5 sn He will not see it. This prediction was fulfilled in 2 Kgs 25:7 and Jer 52:11, which recount how Zedekiah was blinded before being deported to Babylon.

6 sn There he will die. This was fulfilled when King Zedekiah died in exile (Jer 52:11).



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