7:19 They will discard their silver in the streets, and their gold will be treated like filth. 1 Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s fury. 2 They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs because their wealth 3 was the obstacle leading to their iniquity. 4 7:20 They rendered the beauty of his ornaments into pride, 5 and with it they made their abominable images – their detestable idols. Therefore I will render it filthy to them.
3 tn Heb “it.” Apparently the subject is the silver and gold mentioned earlier (see L. C. Allen, Ezekiel [WBC], 1:102).
5 tc The MT reads “he set up the beauty of his ornament as pride.” The verb may be repointed as plural without changing the consonantal text. The Syriac reads “their ornaments” (plural), implying עֶדְיָם (’edyam) rather than עֶדְיוֹ (’edyo) and meaning “they were proud of their beautiful ornaments.” This understands “ornaments” in the common sense of women’s jewelry, which then were used to make idols. The singular suffix “his ornaments” would refer to using items from the temple treasury to make idols. D. I. Block points out the foreshadowing of Ezek 16:17 which, with Rashi and the Targum, supports the understanding that this is a reference to temple items. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:265.