33:24 “Son of man, the ones living in these ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land, but we are many; surely the land has been given to us for a possession.’ 1
33:25 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: You eat the meat with the blood still in it, 2 pray to 3 your idols, and shed blood. Do you really think you will possess 4 the land?
33:26 You rely 5 on your swords and commit abominable deeds; each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Will you possess the land?’
1 sn Outside of its seven occurrences in Ezekiel the term translated “possession” appears only in Exod 6:8 and Deut 33:4.
2 sn This practice was a violation of Levitical law (see Lev 19:26).
3 tn Heb “lift up your eyes.”
4 tn Heb “Will you possess?”
5 tn Heb “stand.”