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Ezekiel 22:13-22

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22:13 “‘See, I strike my hands together 1  at the dishonest profit you have made, and at the bloodshed 2  they have done among you. 22:14 Can your heart endure, 3  or can your hands be strong when I deal with you? 4  I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it! 22:15 I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you among various countries; I will remove your impurity from you. 5  22:16 You will be profaned within yourself 6  in the sight of the nations; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

22:17 The word of the Lord came to me: 22:18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become slag to me. All of them are like bronze, tin, iron, and lead in the furnace; 7  they are the worthless slag of silver. 22:19 Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘Because all of you 8  have become slag, look out! – I am about to gather you in the middle of Jerusalem. 9  22:20 As silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin are gathered in a furnace so that the fire can melt them, so I will gather you in my anger and in my rage. I will deposit you there 10  and melt you. 22:21 I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my fury, and you will be melted in it. 22:22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted in it, and you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out my anger on you.’”

1 sn This gesture apparently expresses mourning and/or anger (see 6:11; 21:14, 17).

2 tn Heb “the blood which was in you.”

3 tn Heb “stand.” The heart here stands for the emotions; Jerusalem would panic in the face of God’s judgment.

4 tn Heb “in the days when I act against you.”

5 sn The ultimate purpose of divine judgment is to purify the covenant community of its sins.

6 tc Several ancient versions read the verb as first person, in which case the Lord refers to how his people’s sin brings disgrace upon him. For a defense of the Hebrew text, see D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:712, n. 68, and M. Greenberg, Ezekiel (AB), 2:457-58.

tn The phrase “within yourself” is the same as the several previous occurrences of “within you” but adjusted to fit this clause which is the culmination of the series of indictments.

7 tn For similar imagery, see Isa 1:21-26; Jer 6:27-30.

8 tn The Hebrew second person pronoun is masculine plural here and in vv. 19b-21, indicating that the people are being addressed.

9 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

10 tn Heb “I will put.” No object is supplied in the Hebrew, prompting many to emend the text to “I will blow.” See BHS and verse 21.



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