22:6 “‘See how each of the princes of Israel living within you has used his authority to shed blood. 6
1 tn Heb “and I will judge you (with) the judgments of adulteresses and of those who shed blood.”
2 tn Heb “and I will give you the blood of rage and zeal.”
3 tn Heb “you have brought near your days.” The expression “bring near your days” appears to be an adaptation of the idiom “days draw near,” which is used to indicate that an event, such as death, is imminent (see Gen 27:41; 47:29; Deut 31:14; 1 Kgs 2:1; Ezek 12:23). Here “your days” probably refers to the days of the personified city’s life, which was about to come to an end through God’s judgment.
4 tn Heb “and you have come to your years.” This appears to mean that she has arrived at the time when her years (i.e., life) would end, though it may mean that her years of punishment will begin. Because “day” and “time” are so closely associated in the immediate context (see 21:25, 29) some prefer to emend the text and read “you have brought near your time.” See L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:31, as well as the translator’s note on verse 3.
5 tn The Hebrew verb is a prophetic perfect, emphasizing that the action is as good as done from the speaker’s perspective.
6 tn Heb “Look! The princes of Israel, each according to his arm, were in you in order to shed blood.”
7 tn Heb “men of slander are in you in order to shed blood.”
8 tn Heb “and on the mountains they eat within you.” The mountains mentioned here were the site of pagan sacrifices. See 18:6.
9 sn This statement introduces vv. 10-11 and refers in general terms to the sexual sins described there. For the legal background of vv. 10-11, see Lev 18:7-20; 20:10-21; Deut 22:22-23, 30; 27:22.
10 tn Heb “usury and interest you take.” See 18:13, 17. This kind of economic exploitation violated the law given in Lev 25:36.
11 sn Forgetting the Lord is also addressed in Deut 6:12; 8:11, 14; Jer 3:21; 13:25; Ezek 23:35; Hos 2:15; 8:14; 13:6.
12 tn The second person verb forms are feminine singular in Hebrew, indicating that the personified city is addressed here as representing its citizens.
13 tn Heb “and upright men will judge them (with) the judgment of adulteresses and the judgment of those who shed blood.”
14 sn This practice was a violation of Levitical law (see Lev 19:26).
15 tn Heb “lift up your eyes.”
16 tn Heb “Will you possess?”
17 sn See Ezek 7:8; 9:8; 14:19; 20:8, 13, 21; 22:22; 30:15.
18 sn For the concept of defiling the land in legal literature, see Lev 18:28; Deut 21:23.