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Ezekiel 7:7-10

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7:7 Doom is coming upon you who live in the land! The time is coming, the day 1  is near. There are sounds of tumult, not shouts of joy, on the mountains. 2  7:8 Soon now I will pour out my rage 3  on you; I will fully vent my anger against you. I will judge you according to your behavior. I will hold you accountable for all your abominable practices. 7:9 My eye will not pity you; I will not spare 4  you. For your behavior I will hold you accountable, 5  and you will suffer the consequences of your abominable practices. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who is striking you. 6 

7:10 “Look, the day! Look, it is coming! Doom has gone out! The staff has budded, pride has blossomed!

1 sn The day refers to the day of the Lord, a concept which, beginning in Amos 5:18-20, became a common theme in the OT prophetic books. It refers to a time when the Lord intervenes in human affairs as warrior and judge.

2 tc The LXX reads “neither tumult nor birth pains.” The LXX varies at many points from the MT in this chapter. The context suggests that one or both of these would be present on a day of judgment, thus favoring the MT. Perhaps more significant is the absence of “the mountains” in the LXX. If the ר (resh) in הָרִים (harim, “the mountains” not “on the mountains”) were a ד (dalet), which is a common letter confusion, then it could be from the same root as the previous word, הֵד (hed), meaning “the day is near – with destruction, not joyful shouting.”

3 tn The expression “to pour out rage” also occurs in Ezek 9:8; 14:19; 20:8, 13, 21; 22:31; 30:15; 36:18.

4 tn The meaning of the Hebrew term is primarily emotional: “to pity,” which in context implies an action, as in being moved by pity in order to spare them from the horror of their punishment.

5 tn Heb “According to your behavior I will place on you.”

6 tn The MT lacks “you.” It has been added for clarification.



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