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Ezekiel 3:3

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3:3 He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll I am giving to you.” So I ate it, 1  and it was sweet like honey in my mouth.

Ezekiel 7:19

Context
7:19 They will discard their silver in the streets, and their gold will be treated like filth. 2  Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s fury. 3  They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs because their wealth 4  was the obstacle leading to their iniquity. 5 

1 tc Heb “I ate,” a first common singular preterite plus paragogic he (ה). The ancient versions read “I ate it,” which is certainly the meaning in the context, and indicates they read the he as a third feminine singular pronominal suffix. The Masoretes typically wrote a mappiq in the he for the pronominal suffix but apparently missed this one.

sn I ate it. A similar idea of consuming God’s word is found in Jer 15:16 and Rev 10:10, where it is also compared to honey and may be specifically reminiscent of this text.

2 tn The Hebrew term can refer to menstrual impurity. The term also occurs at the end of v. 20.

3 sn Compare Zeph 1:18.

4 tn Heb “it.” Apparently the subject is the silver and gold mentioned earlier (see L. C. Allen, Ezekiel [WBC], 1:102).

5 tn The “stumbling block of their iniquity” is a unique phrase of the prophet Ezekiel (Ezek 14:3, 4, 7; 18:30; 44:12).



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