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Ezekiel 7:23


(Make the chain, 1  because the land is full of murder 2  and the city is full of violence.)


2Ki 21:16; 2Ki 24:4; Isa 1:15; Isa 59:3,7; Jer 2:34; Jer 7:6; Jer 22:17; Jer 27:2; Jer 40:1; La 3:7; Eze 9:9; Eze 11:6; Eze 19:3-6; Eze 22:3-6,9,13,27; Ho 4:2; Mic 2:2; Mic 7:2; Na 3:10; Zep 3:3,4

NET © Notes

tc The Hebrew word “the chain” occurs only here in the OT. The reading of the LXX (“and they will make carnage”) seems to imply a Hebrew text of ַהבַּתּוֹק (habbattoq, “disorder, slaughter”) instead of הָרַתּוֹק (haratoq, “the chain”). The LXX is also translating the verb as a third person plural future and taking this as the end of the preceding verse. As M. Greenberg (Ezekiel [AB], 1:154) notes, this may refer to a chain for a train of exiles but “the context does not speak of exile but of the city’s fall. The versions guess desperately and we can do little better.”

tn Heb “judgment for blood,” i.e., indictment or accountability for bloodshed. The word for “judgment” does not appear in the similar phrase in 9:9.

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