This does not seem to have been a silence commanded of God, such as occurred later (Ezekiel 3:26). them seven days: Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. His body was controlled by that Hand as if he, too, were a “wheel” or a “living creature;” yet his tongue was free, and his rebellious spirit refused to utter the awful message which he had seen written in the roll (Ezekiel 2:9; Job 2:13). Seven days - Perhaps God kept him all this time without an immediate revelation, that the bitterness and heat of spirit of which he speaks above might be subdued, and that he might speak God's words in God's own Spirit. The heap of new corn. Comparing his vision to Babylonian iconography reveals that Ezekiel saw a divine “throne chariot” of the heavens—widely described in the ancient biblical world. From the Hebrew name יְחֶזְקֵאל (Yechezqel) meaning "God will strengthen", from the roots חָזַק meaning "to strengthen" and אֵל meaning "God". 1. Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. Ezekiel 10:15 And the cherubims were lifted up. Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.’. (15) I came to them of the captivity at Telabib.—Ezekiel now leaves the place where he had been, and comes to Tel-abib, which is described as still by the same “river of Chebar,” and which signifies the “mound of ears (of grain),” and was probably a place of especial fruitfulness, but which cannot be further identified. among the captives, and remained there astonished among --- Mourning; or Protestants, "astonished," like Job's friends, for people dead in sin. I have also listed up to 15 things you can learn particularly from this verse of the Holy Bible. "that dwelt by the river of Chebar and Haesher"; the "Keri" or it being through inundations uninhabited, and so exposed unto partly that they might secure and defend the place from enemies, Tel-Abib — Tel means an “elevation.” It is identified by Michaelis with Thallaba on the Chabor. ., p138.]. Or he might be waiting all this time for orders and instructions to prophesy; or to prepare the people to attend with more reverence and earnestness, to hear what he had to say when he should break silence. there is a double reading here; the "Cetib" or writing is He then says — I sat seven days in some way absorbed in either admiration or sorrow, for שמם, shemew, signifies “to be desolate,” “to be astonished,” “to wonder.” But as to the Prophet sitting quiet and silent for seven days, there is little doubt but that in this way God prepared him for beginning to speak afterwards to the greater surprise of the whole people. What we have mentioned must be especially remembered, that the Prophet was beheld in that sad and sorrowful countenance, and was silent for seven days. Question: "What is the meaning of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37?" 15 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest? be waiting all this time for orders and instructions to prophesy; And the famous Ezekiel should be called Jehezkel or Jehezekel as well, because that's a much closer transliteration. Ezekiel 3:15 " Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. " of The Babylonians may have situated them there to rebuild and repopulate the site and to reclaim its land. But they were his neighbors and countrymen, and companions in affliction, and for seven days the prophet remained silent. And I sat where they sat — This translation is according to the Vulgate, sedi, ubi illi sedebant. captive Jews were placed here, partly that they might be secured Where — Where I found them sitting astonished, at the sight of their change from freedom and honour to servitude and shame. Hillerum de Arcano Kethib & Keri, l. 2. p. 329. ; and the "Keri" is confirmed by the Targum, which we follow. so Kimchi interprets it of the hand of prophecy; the Spirit of the Lord, as a spirit of prophecy, came upon him, with great impulse upon his spirit, and he could not refuse going to his people, to declare it to them. The sense is, that he placed himself takes to be the name of a river the prophet calls Haesher, the This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet/priest Ezekiel, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. Whatever the prophet"s relationship to the rest of the exiles in the past, when he finally submits, he is a man set apart, under orders from God. of a place, as Jarchi and Kimchi observe; as were Telmelah, and Hereafter his people could expect no more idle or mundane chatter from him. Perhaps he was physically overcome by the vision, perhaps humility and lack of, self-confidence may partially explain this conduct, but more probably it was a deep repugnance to the task assigned him. "hill of ears"). sat. (Calmet) --- Tel means "a heap," and abib "new corn." Daniel 4:19; Ezra 9:3-4. Remained there astonished among them seven days.—Comp. Salem Media Group. What Does Ezekiel 36:26 Mean? Ezekiel Eats the Scroll … 12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me: ‘Blessed be the glory of the LORD in His dwelling place!’ 13 It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against one another and the sound of the wheels beside them, a great rumbling sound. It is perhaps significant that seven days was required for the consecration of a priest (Leviticus 8:33). The Babylonians may have situated them there to rebuild and repopulate the site and to reclaim its land. The hearts of the people will have been changed (Ezekiel 36:26–27), and even Gentiles have a place in the restored kingdom (Ezekiel 47:22). For תל, thel, signifies “a heap,” and אביב, abib, means a “stalk,” or “straw of corn,” and it may, therefore, be that the place was called Thelabib on account of its fertility, since the harvest there is very plentiful. Ezekiel 3:15. —Ezekiel now leaves the place where he had been, and comes to Tel-abib, which is described as still by the same “river of Chebar,” and which signifies the “mound of ears (of grain),” and was probably a place of especial fruitfulness, but which cannot be further identified. Ptolemy places Thelda near the Chaboras. Jerome translates, “a heap of fruit,” and not badly; for this was probably the origin of the place’s name, as cities and villages and mountains often receive their name from their situation and other circumstances; so also this place was called Thelabib. I sat where they sat - Rather, “And I saw them sitting there and I sat there.”. Perhaps the name expressed the Jews‘ hopes of restoration, or else the fertility of the region. Why, because the vision had vanished, and so he was entirely occupied with the other captives. Ezekiel 3:17-19 New International Version (NIV). God had again and again commanded Ezekiel to “speak” (, ); but through bitterness of spirit the prophet remained silent. I sat, etc. What some affirm with subtlety, that he was like a monk, is frivolous: for they say, that he abhorred the wickedness of the people, and, that he might not contract any stain of impurity, had sought solitude: but this is not probable. I sat where they sat — Literally, to where they lived. 7:69 ) ; it signifies "a heap of new fruit", and so the So many days Job's friends kept silence, when they came to visit him, and saw his distress, Job 2:13. I sat where they sat.] Perhaps the name expressed the Jews' hopes of restoration, or else the fertility of the region. and which was the first month with the Jews; whereas it was in (Haydock) --- There was no new wheat in the fourth month, but rather in May or June, chap. exiles in Babylon at a settlement along the river Chebar called Tel-abib (Ezekiel 3:15 God had again and again commanded Ezekiel to “speak” (Ezekiel 2:4; Ezekiel 2:7; Ezekiel 3:4; Ezekiel 3:11); but through bitterness of spirit the prophet remained silent. It took him ‘seven days’ to recover, longer than just a few days. That was where he dwelt. Not the Chebar of Ezekiel 1:3. earnestness, to hear what he had to say when he should break Ezekiel 3:13. Delitzsch, “Forest Hill;” more recently, “Mound of the Storm” (Pinches), or, “Hill of the Deluge” (Haupt). (Haydock). When Ezekiel arrived, he sat for seven days among the exiles, and his presence disturbed them. this time here; and the captives were beating out the ripe ears Nor ought it to seem absurd that he was dumb although sent by God:: for this did not occur through any negligence or delay which can be accounted a fault, but the office of teaching had been so imposed that he was not yet instructed by any fixed commands; as if any one were chosen ambassador either by a king or a senate, and were afterwards furnished with his instructions, so the Prophet was called to the prophetic office., but knew not yet what he was to say. The vision was over, and he found himself, as if carried by the wind, before the very people whom Jehovah had commanded him to rebuke. Skulking and lurking, or at least not acting according to my prophetic function, and the gift bestowed upon me, which I ought to have stirred up and exercised for the good of my fellow captives. Which was the name of some chief place or plantation of the Jews in captivity, saith Diodat. Or he might Ver. He only remained on the spot because the hand of the Lord “was heavy upon him” (Ezekiel 3:14). Some render it “skillful,” but I am not aware of their reason: but as I have already said, their opinion is probable, who suppose it the proper name of a place. people were in; and, above all, at the dreadful things he had to (15) I came to them of the captivity at Telabib. 15.Tel-abib — This was the name of the village where most of the Hebrew community seems to have resided, on the river Chebar. [Note: Alexander, " Ezekiel," p764. Hereafter his people could expect no more idle or mundane chatter from him. — This is the Hebrew Margin reading. safe from getting away, or returning from their captivity; and Ezekiel 33 is the thirty-third chapter of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet/priest Ezekiel, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. The land will be ruled by a Davidic Prince (Ezekiel 44:3; see also 37:24–25; 34:23–24). Without doubt., the Prophet means that he returned to his former mode of life from the time when he heard God speaking and saw the vision. Ezekiel is made to eat the roll, Ezekiel 3:1-3. between two rivers, Chebar and Saocoras; and he thinks the 6 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: As I have given the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest as fuel for the fire, so will I treat the people living in Jerusalem. The prophet was before at some distance from this place, though on the same river, and these therefore must have been a distinct colony of captives from those mentioned Ezekiel 1:1; Ezekiel 1:3 : see Ezekiel 3:23 of this chapter. according to Junius, this Telabib was a tract in Mesopotamia, . But this is of no great moment. This was divided into superior, called Gozan, and inferior, called here Tel-abib, a low country, and unprofitable, because spoiled by waters, and secure to keep captives in, and so it afforded matter of labour and toil to the captive Jews, and was as a prison to them lest they should escape, and in both pleased the Babylonians. Answer: Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1–14) came to him after God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel in chapter 36. "hill of ears"). Seven days — Mourning no doubt all that while, and waiting 'till the spirit of prophecy should open his mouth. "Ezekiel was being consecrated for the priesthood on his thirtieth birthday and commissioned to proclaim Judah"s funeral dirge." Seven days.] [Note: Block, The Book . So many days Job's friends kept silence, when they Israel's heart had become rebellious, idolatrous, and hardened against God. Whatever it was, we see that this silence was a preparation for the discharge of his duty with greater fruit and efficacy, since his speech ought afterwards to be received with greater reverence when he had been silent for seven days, Then he says, I came to the exiles who sat in Thelabib I willingly accord with the opinion of those who take this for the name of a place, and ancient interpreters even have left these two words. The Targum is, ``and prophecy from before the Lord was strong upon me;''. Telharsa, ( Ezra 2:59 ) ( Nehemiah Then I came to them of the captivity — To those of my countrymen who were captives, at Tel-abib. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Ver. — This was the name of the village where most of the, Hebrew community seems to have resided, on the river Chebar. Ezekiel 13:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ezekiel 13:14, NIV: "I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare.When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD." Just as human kings had chariots, so did deities. His call to prophetic ministry was not only an invitation to be the spokesman for the glorious God of Israel; it also involved a sentence to a life of loneliness, alienation, and desolation. and remained there astonished among them seven days: at the change of place and company; at the sad condition his people were in; and, above all, at the dreadful things he had to deliver to them. Abib means the green ears of corn which appeared in the month Nisan, the pledge of the harvest. The meaning of the term is given differently by different scholars; for example, Kuenen, following the Vulgate, “Cornear Hill;” Fred. Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib. Chebar. Toy translates the latter half of the verse, “and sat there among them seven days dismayed.”, — Kautzsch, “staring;” that is, dumb and motionless. By the river; on or near to that part of the river Chebar which runs westward of this Tel-abib. Probably the vowel-pointing of the first word should be changed, and it will then read, “and I saw where they sat.”. Ezekiel 3:15 King James Version (KJV). His call to prophetic ministry was not only an invitation to be the spokesman for the glorious God of Israel; it also involved a sentence to a life of loneliness, alienation, and desolation. marginal reading is (bvaw) It could be that he saw this as his period of consecration to his mission. Tel-abib - , on the river Chebar was the chief seat of the Jewish exiles in Babylonia. 7 I will set my face against them. Tel-abib was located in Babylonia and is not to be confused with the modern city of Tel Aviv in Israel. (Compare Ezekiel 1:3.) And when I set my face against them, you will know that I am the LORD. ", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. Ezekiel had his vision in Babylon as one of the captive exiles (Ezek 1:1–3). Then I came to them of the captivity of Telabib. them: that dwelt by the river of Chebar; (See Gill on Ezekiel God encourageth him in the discharge of his office Ezekiel 3:4-14: he is carried by the Spirit to Tel-abib; and is there admonished of his duty as a watchman to Israel, Ezekiel 3:15-21. 3 Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Physically he lived among his own people, but spiritually he would operate in another realm, a zone governed by divine realities." Jerusalem as a Useless Vine. Tel means an 'elevation.' This he freely confesseth, as giving glory to God, and taking shame to himself. (g) Declaring here that God's ministers must with advisement and deliberation utter his judgments. The Targum renders it, "silent"; through grief The text is rather [ wa'eesheer (Hebrew #7788) from shuwr (Hebrew #7788), to look] 'I beheld them sitting there', (Gesenius); or 'And those that were settled there,' namely, the older settlers, as distinguished from the more recent ones alluded to in the previous clause. (rvaw) , which Junius (rva) is from (hrv) , which in Chaldee signifies to Yet this is not certain, (ver. 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. He had indeed eaten the roll, but God had not yet suggested whence he ought to begin, nor how he ought to temper his doctrine. I sat where they sat; sat sad and astonished, where I found and saw them sitting astonished; for sitting sometimes is a posture of mourning and sadness, as in Lamentations 1:1, and Job’s friends, and Psalms 137:1. This is the Hebrew margin reading [ waa'eesheeb (Hebrew #3427)]. “To be silent” was characteristic of mourners Lamentations 3:28; “to sit” their proper attitude Isaiah 3:26; Lamentations 1:1; “seven days” the set time of mourning Job 2:13. Had he gone in a better spirit he had probably been employed in his work as soon as he had gained the place of labor. Ezekiel 3:15 KJ21 Then I came to those of the captivity at Telabib, who dwelt by the River of Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. Ezekiel 3:15. All over Mesopotamia are ancient mounds, or “tells.” This word may indicate that the Israelites resided on or near the ruins of an ancient city (Abib). The Targum renders it, "silent"; through grief and trouble. (Compare. The word implies a fixed and determined silence. "Ezekiel was being consecrated for the priesthood on his thirtieth birthday and commissioned to proclaim Judah"s funeral dirge. All over Mesopotamia are ancient mounds, or “tells.” This word may indicate that the Israelites resided on or near the ruins of an ancient city (Abib). I am talking about Ezekiel 23:20. Ezekiel 3:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ezekiel 3:14, NIV: "The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD on me." Provide an overview of Ezekiel chapters 40 to 48.. 17 Consider a brief overview of what Ezekiel saw and heard, as recorded in Ezekiel chapters 40 to 48.He watched as the angel measured the gates, the wall, the courtyards, and the sanctuary of the temple. In English Bibles this man is often referred to as Jehezkel or Jehezekel, but in Hebrew his name is identical to the famous Ezekiel. Since "Tel" can mean "ruined mound," it is possible that the Jewish exiles lived at the site of a destroyed or abandoned city. Compare the use in Genesis for ‘three day’ and ‘seven day’ journeys). Ezekiel 3:15 Context. Now he says, that he had returned to his own people, not that he had ever removed from them, but had been drawn by the vision from the intercourse with men. The vision was over, and he found himself, as if carried by the wind, before the very people whom Jehovah had commanded him to rebuke. Ezekiel 3:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ezekiel 3:15, NIV: "I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Aviv near the Kebar River.And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days--deeply distressed." The word means ‘appalled, desolated’ and the causative conjugation signifies that it was the effect of what he had experienced. Hence Ezekiel had not yet been drawn forth: therefore he says, that he sat with either great stupor or great desolation, as they say. Do they make pegs from it to hang things on? But the Vulgate, instead of astonished, reads mærens, mourning; and some render the clause, I remained there among them solitary seven days: supposing the meaning to be, that the prophet stayed that time among them, without saying any thing particular to them, or acquainting them that he was appointed to the prophetic office, in order that he might observe their actions and manner of life, and so might the better know how to address them in the discharge of his office, and what reproofs it would be most proper to give them. I came to them of the captivity - Because the hand of the Lord was strong upon him and supported him, he soon reached the place. The ten tribes had been long since settled on the Chabor or Habor (2 Kings 17:6) [Havernick]. Perhaps he was physically overcome by the vision, perhaps humility and lack of self-confidence may partially explain this conduct, but more probably it was a deep repugnance to the task assigned him. 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