2. as phylacteries (Origen's Hexapla) 3. as … Ezekiel 2:15 (puttest = holdest). And in the same way we have לכנה instead of the suffix. Use this … Ezekiel 13:18 Context. 18 Tell them they're doomed! and inquire of you how things will be, and listen to your lying divinations; can you save them from the ruin and destruction that is coming upon them? Kerchiefs; either veils, or triumphal hats or caps, which were made by these prophetesses, and these were put upon the head of every one who consulted them; and by these habits the deceived inquirer was either persuaded he was made fit to receive the oracle, or was to interpret the sign as promise of victory over the Babylonian, and a triumphant rest in Judea. You cannot long embezzle the money entrusted to your care and rob your master, but soon suspicion will be excited, and proof sufficient to convict you transpire. Micah 3:5); by hurling into destruction, through their lies, those who are only too glad to listen to lying; by slaying the souls of the people which ought to live, and by preserving those which ought not to live, i.e., their own souls (Deuteronomy 18:20). The art which they most study is the art of making themselves comfortable. ... you have missed the entire meaning of the book. Stature — That is, of every age, whether younger or elder, which usually is seen by their stature. First occurrence (of kasah) Genesis 7:19, Genesis 7:20; Genesis 9:23; Genesis 18:17; Genesis 24:65; Genesis 37:26; Genesis 38:14, Genesis 38:15, &c . See also H. W. F. Saggs, "External Souls in the Old Testament [ Ezekiel 13:17-21]," Journal of Semitic Studies (1974):1-12. Souls; the persons, life, estate; and all to enrich or maintain themselves. O indignum facinus Are precious souls no more set by? (R. Bruce, M. For the souls of the people were also their own. Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes. ye shall not be able to do it: and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? dare you promise they shall live when I do promise no such thing? The only excuse for the infliction of pain, whether of body or mind, is the sincere desire to bring about thereby a more thorough and lasting immunity from it; the earnest wish to show a man that the position he is occupying may for the time be pleasant, but, being deceptive, it can end at last only in trouble more serious than that which you unwillingly bring upon him. Kerchiefs — Triumphal caps, which were made by these prophetesses, and put upon the head of every who one consulted them, and by these they were to interpret, as a promise of victory over the Babylonians. It could hardly refer merely to the luxurious voluptuousness of these women, as so many of the early commentators believed. So also veils were provided for all heads and cushions for all arms, for there was no difference except in reference to profit from these profane and base transactions. Ezekiel 13:17-18 reads:. 6, 7). “To keep alive is to predict life and good fortune and to slay is to predict death.” — Toy. See Proverbs 6:26. And in those veils he had seen a net cast over the victims of the false prophetesses, a snare from which they could not escape.” — Plumptre. I. viii. Make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature. 20, 21., and Isaias v. 7. Activity and motion characterise our times and country. used on knuckles or wrist or elbow, or what was the method of their use, is not yet discovered. We are so, I think, in regard to the doctrines of our Christian faith. 1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,. And we have not sufficient ground for altering the text, as the expression זרועתיכם in Ezekiel 13:20 (I will tear the כּסתות from your arms) does not require the assumption that the prophetesses had hidden their arms in כסתות; and such a supposition is by no means obviously in harmony with the facts. First occurrence Genesis 6:15 . Since then it is always true that wretched men who catch at vain oracles devote themselves to the devil and his ministers, hence the passage may be explained in this way. (Challoner) (Worthington) --- People are often said to do what they only announce, Leviticus xiii. See also H. W. F. Saggs, "External Souls in the Old Testament [, ]," Journal of Semitic Studies (1974):1-12. Now, all this is very well, when one can afford it, and the place of destination is such as you desire. There is often something very quaint and forcible about the imagery of the old prophets. See Proverbs 6:26. It is evident from the law that some ceremonies are useful, since God commands nothing superfluous; but Satan by his cunning turns everything useful to man’s destruction. You cannot long live inconsistently with your Christian profession as a member of Christ’s Church and keep up the semblance of godliness, but soon some act of dishonesty or immorality will declare that you are but a whited sepulchre and a vile hypocrite. That is, they flattered them with promises of life, peace, and security. “We may perhaps read between the lines the thought that their utterances, like their veils, were adapted to suit every age and every taste.’ Ezekiel points out, we may believe, what he had seen. See Chald. The construction is the same as in 1 Samuel 14:16. Chapter 13. For shops are open to all, since all are expected to promote profit and make bargains, and merchants by their allurements entice as many as they can to purchase their goods. Read Ezekiel 13:18 - 'Det Danske Bibel' translation - og sig: Så siger den Herre HE EN: Ve dem, der syr Bind til alle Håndled og laver Slør til alle Hoveder efter hver Legemshøjde for at fange Sjæle! Make kerchiefs - magical vails, which they put over the heads of those consulting them, as if to fit them for receiving a response, that they might be rapt in spiritual trance above the world. To hunt — All this is really spreading a net, as hunters do, to catch the prey. , as some render the word, upon all sorts of persons (for they refused none that came to them they could get any thing by), upon their heads, either as a token of victory and triumph, signifying that they should have the better of their enemies, and rejoice over them; or to make them proud, and suggest to them that they should never be stripped of their ornaments; or else, as the former sign shows that they lulled them asleep upon pillows, and led them on in a carnal security, so they kept them in blindness and ignorance: and this they did. This may be a strong eastern manner of expressing that these women hoodwinked their votaries, and kept them in spiritual darkness. 3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!. FRANCIS. The subject is the false religious leaders of the present-day house of Israel—the United States and Britain. "pulvillos super omnes cubitos manus", Calvin; "pro omnibus cubitis manuum", Piscator. The words of both clauses are figurative, and have been correctly explained by Kliefoth as follows: "A double charge is brought against the prophetesses. Calvin explains, "Will ye hunt My people's souls and yet will ye save your own souls"; I, the Lord God, will not allow it. Will you hunt down the lives of My people, but preserve the lives of others for yourselves? Jeremiah 7:18; Jeremiah 44:17; Jeremiah 44:19). You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. You were on the holy mount of God; you … "I am nevertheless disposed to understand the clause in a different sense. to hunt souls; to bring them into their nets and snares; to catch them with their false prophecies, and deceive them by their fallacious signs, and superstitious rites and ceremonies, and so ruin and destroy themF14Gussetius thinks that by the words rendered "pillows" and "kerchiefs" are meant "nets", with which they covered their heads and arms; for, otherwise, what connection is there between the above things and hunting? Ezekiel 13 concerns the time just before the day of the Lord (verse 5), a time many believe we are living in today. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. [Note: Cooper, p157. Will ye hunt the souls?] Ezekiel 13 concerns the time just before the day of the Lord (verse 5), a time many believe we are living in today. Here God reproves one crime, but he will shortly add another, namely, the profanation of his sacred name. ). treated as a radical letter (cf. Ezekiel 13:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ezekiel 13:20, NIV: "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds." It is made from a perversion of the eternal decrees of God, and mistaken notions of Divine sovereignty. To make kerchiefs.] Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive [that come] unto you?" The object being to cover the head so that God"s hand may not be seen (Isaiah 26:11). Hence Ezekiel says, that those women had sown together pillows, and he adds, for all armholes. Kesathoth (occurs only here and in Ezekiel 13:20), from kasah, to conceal, to hide. - Like the prophets in Ezekiel 13:2, the prophetesses are here described as prophesying out of their own heart (Ezekiel 13:17); and in Ezekiel 13:18 and Ezekiel 13:19 their offences are more particularly described. But supposing you were allured and enticed into such a conveyance by fair speeches and flattering promises; supposing it were made so comfortable on purpose to allay your fears and deceive you as to the probable end of your journey,--would all this comfort satisfy you, were you apprised by some kind angel that you were in that easy, smooth fashion to be conveyed to a lunatic asylum or a prison, to end your days amongst madmen or felons, or to be launched headlong over a steep precipice to sudden destruction? They used these aids to impress people and to cast spells on (to influence) people to bring them under their power (cf. 28:7).” (Taylor) ii. They travel to the farthest reaches of the globe on their “soul-saving” missions. - Like the prophets in Ezekiel 13:2, the prophetesses are here described as prophesying out of their own heart (Ezekiel 13:17); and in Ezekiel 13:18 and Ezekiel 13:19 their offences are more particularly described. Most ancient interpreters and many modern interpreters have understood the "pillows" (or charms) and "kerchiefs" (or veils), as appliances to which the sorcerers had resort in order to attract notice. The cry of perpetual torment rises to heaven; the wail of woe ascends day and night from the trampled and despairing, from the suffering and the dying, from the sinning and sinking of our kind, our brethren and sisters for whom Christ died. App-1B. no, you will not be able to do it; and what wickedness is it in you to attempt the one or the other? I trow not. &c. Do you expect to pass unpunished? Ezekiel 13:19. Render thus: "Woe to the women that" put charms on every finger-joint, that set veils upon heads of every height to ensnare souls. These they put on heads of every stature - women of all ages, קומה komah, of every woman that rose up to inveigle men to idolatry. Believing that God is somehow in a wrestling match with Satan, these false ministers are in the business of “hunting for souls” (Ezek. Hebrew komah = height. Ebr. (l) "applicantibus, sive accommodantibus", Gataker; "conjungentibus, vel adunantibus", Gussetius, Ebr. to show that the accent rests upon עמּי. But the skeleton will not always remain in its inner chamber; it will stalk abroad in due season, whatever we do, and overwhelm us with fear and shame. He alludes to the cushions used on sofas. The prophet's discourse seems to point out that state of softness and effeminacy to which the predictions of those false prophetesses allured the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 28:13-18 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. David, by a like art, tells old men of gold and silver, young men of honey and honeycomb, to be found in God’s statutes. on Ezekiel 13:20.: and we learn from 1 Samuel 28:7 and from the Greek and Roman writers, that women employed themselves in magical rites. implying a doubt whether they really thought that they could carry on such conduct as theirs with perfect impunity (Hvernick). It is said, then, woe to those who sew pillows or cushions; it is the same thing — to all armholes, and to those who make covers for the head of every stature. pulvilli) is merely an inference drawn from this passage, and is decidedly erroneous; for the word תּפר (to sew together) is inapplicable to cushions, as well as the phrase על כּל־אצּילי ידי, inasmuch as cushions are not placed upon the joints of the hands, and still less are they sewed together upon them. or rather, will not the devil deal by you both as the cock master doth by his fighting cocks, take pleasure in their mutual killing one another, that he may make a supper of them both? 17 Ezekiel, son of man, now condemn the women of Israel who preach messages that come from their own imagination. False prophetesses denied it, and to quell the anxieties of the people employed a significant symbol by sewing little pillows under the arms, as much as to say: “Whenever you feel these soft pads at the arm sleeve, bethink yourselves all shall be easy and well.” But alas for the delusion: Notwithstanding all the smoothness of the prophecy, Jerusalem went down in darkness and fire and blood. Vela vel pepla. Ecl. kerchiefs = wraps that cleave close round the head. Harmer, ii. לעמּי is used instead of the genitive (stat. Calvin explains, “Will ye hunt My people‘s souls and yet will ye save your own souls”; I, the Lord God, will not allow it. [Note: Cooper, p157. Discomfort has no merit in itself. Ye catch the souls of my people, and keep your souls alive. ), is neither supported by the usage of the language, nor in harmony with על ראשׁ. hunt souls — eagerly trying to allure them to the love of yourselves (Proverbs 6:26; 2 Peter 2:14), so as unwarily to become your prey. Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD Woe to the [women] that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! It lays hold upon you and impresses you much more effectually than if they had delivered their message in plain though powerful language. “To keep alive is to predict life and good fortune and to slay is to predict death.” — Toy. Hebrew. Ezekiel 13:18. We quieten ourselves by saying, “Let not your heart be troubled, all is right; sin cannot be the dreadful thing it is made out to be; do as well as you can; God is merciful.” As for the inevitable and dreaded future, we shut it off from view. We dislike everything that disturbs our peace of mind, or ruffles the serenity of our conscience. “Save” is explained (Ezekiel 13:22), “promising life” [Grotius]. (T. De Witt Talmage.). Here and in the following verses it is nearly equivalent to persons. 123. They profane God among His people; namely, by delivering the suggestions of their own heart to the people as divine revelations, for the purpose of getting their daily bread thereby (cf. . A large proportion of the people are always on the roads and thoroughfares of the land. Is the King of Tyre prophecy in Ezekiel 28 referring to Satan? [Psalms 19:10]. Still less can it stand for the singular יד. It contains a simple statement of what really took place in their catching of souls, namely, "they catch the souls of the people of God, and preserve their own souls;" i.e., they rob the people of God of their lives, and take care of their own (Kliefoth). That sew pillows.] ? I speak of this in general; no pillow is more frequently used, more comfortable to lie upon, and sin upon, than this: “I admit the Bible is true, the minister is right; I am a sinner; Christ is a Saviour; I am a dying man; I must stand before the judgment seat of God; I must go to heaven or hell, according to my faith and character here. Let me, however, not be misunderstood. And make kerchiefs - The word kerchief is French, couvre chef, that which covers the head; hence handkerchief and neck handkerchief, and pocket handkerchief are pitifully improper; because none of them is used to cover the head, from which alone that article of dress has its name. Will ye save the souls alive that come unto you, These hunters of souls killed without mercy, but saved some alive — the very ones that deserved to die (, ). 13:18 "sew magic bands on all their wrists" This group is seen more like sorceresses than prophetesses. 98. You cannot long tamper with the intoxicating cup, and not give evidence of intemperance. Ezekiel 13:20 Context. "The fox is cunning (Luke 13:32); it spoils the vine and its fruits (Song of Song of Solomon 2:15); and it burrows among ruins (Nehemiah 4:3). - Like the prophets in Ezekiel 13:2, the prophetesses are here described as prophesying out of their own heart (Ezekiel 13:17); and in Ezekiel 13:18 and Ezekiel 13:19 their offences are more particularly described. Dræber I Sjæle, der hører til mit Folk, og holder Sjæle i Live af Egennytte? Let us, then, change the figure, and adapt it to our customs. But whilst, no doubt, some were of this dissolute character, I do not think that the passage is to be interpreted literally; I believe it is best interpreted figuratively. Ever wanted to know who has the truth and who doesn't? ], Cushions, by making people easy in their sins, and promising them impunity, (Challoner) by disguising the truth, or not admonishing people of their danger, chap. The Roman soothsayers, caput velabant cum volebant exordiri suos exorcismos, used the like ceremonies; so did those that gave oracles at the den of Trophonius. ח [safakh, “to attach” or “join”]), it may refer to headbands or necklaces on … Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the Lord! Will ye save — Can you preserve them alive, whom you deceive by your promises? You know this; secretly you know it; but you do not want to know it, so you lock up the knowledge of it, like the gaunt skeleton it is, in the inmost chamber of your mind, and act as if you were aware of no such hateful presence. and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God , "Woe to the women who sew magic bands on all wrists and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature to hunt down lives! And ye profane me with my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay souls which should not die, and to keep alive which should not live, by your lying to my people who hearken to lying. Hebrew. The word "magic band" (BDB 492) is found only here in the OT and has been interpreted several ways. I rather mean you than them. A second is a misappropriation of heavenly material to earthly and wicked purposes. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! But "save" is used (Eze 13:19) of the false prophetesses promising life to the impenitent, so that English Version and Grotius explain it best. Sat. The meaning is that their prophecies brought comfort to the wicked and sadness to the righteous (Ezekiel 13:22). To get what Ezekiel 13:20 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. The inevitable consequence of their act is represented as having been intended by them; and this intention is then still further defined as being to catch the souls of the people of God; i.e., to allure them to destruction, and take care of their own souls. hunt souls—eagerly trying to allure them to the love of yourselves (Pr 6:26; 2Pe 2:14), so as unwarily to become your prey. Some suppose that Ezekiel refers to the abandoned women whose vile and detestable ways are graphically described in the Book of Proverbs (chaps. Woe to the women that sew pillows to all arm-holes - rather, 'to all elbows and wrists,' for which the false prophetesses made cushions to lean on, as a symbolical act, typifying the perfect tranquility which they foretold to those consulting them. Ever wonder why so many have different interpretations of scripture? Universalism comes out and tries to quell this fear, and wants to sew two pillows under my arm sleeves, and wants to sew two pillows under your arm sleeves. The word מספחות mispachoth, translated here kerchiefs, and by the Vulgate cervicalia, bolsters, Calmet contends, means a sort of nets used in hunting, and in every place where it occurs it will bear this meaning; and hence the use to which it is here said to be applied, to hunt souls. Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, The exact meaning of this expression is not known. 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