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Ezekiel 9:2-3

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9:2 Next, I noticed 1  six men 2  coming from the direction of the upper gate 3  which faces north, each with his war club in his hand. Among them was a man dressed in linen with a writing kit 4  at his side. They came and stood beside the bronze altar.

9:3 Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub where it had rested to the threshold of the temple. 5  He called to the man dressed in linen who had the writing kit at his side.

1 tn The word הִנֵּה (hinneh, traditionally “behold”) indicates becoming aware of something and has been translated here as a verb.

2 sn The six men plus the scribe would equal seven, which was believed by the Babylonians to be the number of planetary deities.

3 sn The upper gate was built by Jotham (2 Kgs 15:35).

4 tn Or “a scribe’s inkhorn.” The Hebrew term occurs in the OT only in Ezek 9 and is believed to be an Egyptian loanword.

5 tn Heb “house.”



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