7:27 The king will mourn and the prince will be clothed with shuddering; the hands of the people of the land will tremble. Based on their behavior I will deal with them, and by their standard of justice 1 I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the Lord!”
12:10 Say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: The prince will raise this burden in Jerusalem, 2 and all the house of Israel within it.’ 3
12:12 “The prince 4 who is among them will raise his belongings 5 onto his shoulder in darkness, and will go out. He 6 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.
whose day has come, the time of final punishment,
22:25 Her princes 10 within her are like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they have devoured lives. They take away riches and valuable things; they have made many women widows 11 within it.
1 tn Heb “and by their judgments.”
2 tc The nearly incoherent Hebrew reads “The prince is this burden (prophetic oracle?) in Jerusalem.” The Targum, which may only be trying to make sense of a very difficult text, says “Concerning the prince is this oracle,” assuming the addition of a preposition. This would be the only case where Ezekiel uses this term for a prophetic oracle. The LXX reads the word for “burden” as a synonym for leader, as both words are built on the same root (נָשִׂיא, nasi’), but the verse is still incoherent because it is only a phrase with no verb. The current translation assumes that the verb יִשָּׂא (yisa’) from the root נָשִׂיא has dropped out due to homoioteleuton. If indeed the verb has dropped out (the syntax of the verbless clause being the problem), then context clearly suggests that it be a form of נָשִׂיא (see vv. 7 and 12). Placing the verb between the subject and object would result in three consecutive words based on the root נָשִׂיא and an environment conducive to an omission in copying: הַנָּשִׂיא יִשָּׁא הַמַּשָּׂא הַזֶּה (hannasi’ yisha’ hammasa’ hazzeh, “the Prince will raise this burden”).
sn The prince in Jerusalem refers to King Zedekiah.
3 tc The MT reads “within them.” Possibly a scribe copied this form from the following verse “among them,” but only “within it” makes sense in this context.
4 sn The prince is a reference to Zedekiah.
5 tn The words “his belongings” are not in the Hebrew text but are implied.
6 tc The MT reads “they”; the LXX and Syriac read “he.”
7 tn Heb “lift up.”
8 tn This probably refers to King Zedekiah.
9 tn Heb “Look! The princes of Israel, each according to his arm, were in you in order to shed blood.”
10 tn Heb “a conspiracy of her prophets is in her midst.” The LXX reads “whose princes” rather than “a conspiracy of prophets.” The prophets are mentioned later in the paragraph (v. 28). If one follows the LXX in verse 25, then five distinct groups are mentioned in vv. 25-29: princes, priests, officials, prophets, and the people of the land. For a defense of the Septuagintal reading, see L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:32, and D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:720, n. 4.
11 tn Heb “her widows they have multiplied.” The statement alludes to their murderous acts.