And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.’. Chebar. 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. Or he might "Ezekiel was being consecrated for the priesthood on his thirtieth birthday and commissioned to proclaim Judah"s funeral dirge." We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. But this is of no great moment. The sense is, that he placed himself 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." See note on Ezekiel 1:3; the modern Khabour, a tributary of the Euphrates, forty-five miles from Babylon. 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. 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. ‘Then I came to those of the captivity at Tel-Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar, and to where they dwelt. 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). Ptolemy places Thelda near the Chaboras. Since "Tel" can mean "ruined mound," it is possible that the Jewish exiles lived at the site of a destroyed or abandoned city. 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. Ezekiel 3:14, ESV: "The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the LORD being strong upon me." ... Ezekiel 36:26(NASB) Verse Thoughts. (Haydock). Ezekiel 3:13. of a place, as Jarchi and Kimchi observe; as were Telmelah, and Salem Media Group. (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. Such a season of retirement and thought has been given to other great religious leaders—to Moses, in his forty years of exile; to Elijah, in his forty days in Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:4-8); to St. Paul, in his journey to Arabia (Galatians 1:17); and to our Lord Himself, when He went into the wilderness after His baptism. takes to be the name of a river the prophet calls Haesher, the Ezekiel 3:15. Their Septuagint version has μετέωρον , as if it meant “lofty.” תלל, thelel, signifies to elevate, but it ought to be תלול, thelol, if the Prophet meant that he was exalted, but this is not suitable, since he rather asserts that he was like the rest of mankind after the vision was withdrawn. Abib means the green ears of grain which appeared in the month Nisan, the pledge of the harvest. At some point the Spirit released him, and he then made his way back to the settlement of his fellow-captives. Which was the name of some chief place or plantation of the Jews in captivity, saith Diodat. This is the Hebrew margin reading [ waa'eesheeb (Hebrew #3427)]. And when I set my face against them, you will know that I am the LORD. dwell F19; and the "Keri" is confirmed by the He only remained on the spot because the hand of the Lord “was heavy upon him” (, ). — This was the name of the village where most of the, Hebrew community seems to have resided, on the river Chebar. The text is rather, “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. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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. Perhaps the name expressed the Jews‘ hopes of restoration, or else the fertility of the region. (15) I came to them of the captivity at Telabib. 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. I sat, etc. 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 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. ", "For a week he struggles inwardly with Yahweh, with his calling, and with the message he is charged to proclaim. or to prepare the people to attend with more reverence and The land will be ruled by a Davidic Prince (Ezekiel 44:3; see also 37:24–25; 34:23–24). To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, and remained there astonished among them seven days. earnestness, to hear what he had to say when he should break So many days Job's friends kept silence, when they 1:1); and I sat where they sat; Comparing his vision to Babylonian iconography reveals that Ezekiel saw a divine “throne chariot” of the heavens—widely described in the ancient biblical world. Ezekiel 3:15 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. of new corn, ( Ezekiel 1:1 ) ; Then I came to them of the captivity of Telabib.] Proud member So the Vulgate: acervum novarum frugum, "a heap of new fruits." 3 Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? The meaning of the term is given differently by different scholars; for example, Kuenen, following the Vulgate, “Cornear Hill;” Fred. 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. ", 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. This chapter opens the third and final section of the book, in which God's future blessings on Israel are proclaimed. But Bishop Newcome renders the Hebrew, I dwelt where they dwelt; that is, I took up my residence among them; and remained there astonished seven days — “Having my spirit wholly cast down and amazed, under the apprehension of these terrible judgments, which were to come upon my nation, and of which I was to be the messenger: see the margin. By — On that part of the river Chebar, which runs west-ward of Tel-abib. Targum, which we follow. 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. And even in the case of רעשׁ, the reference to Ezekiel 38:19 does not prove that the word must mean earthquake in this passage also, since Ezekiel uses the word in a different sense in Ezekiel 12:18 and Ezekiel 3:12. Ezekiel 3:15. 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. 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). Israel's heart had become rebellious, idolatrous, and hardened against God. Delitzsch, “Forest Hill;” more recently, “Mound of the Storm” (Pinches), or, “Hill of the Deluge” (Haupt). 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. In his vision of the temple, Ezekiel is taken to Israel where he sees a mountain and a city. It took him ‘seven days’ to recover, longer than just a few days. This week of silent meditation among those to whom he was commissioned to speak corresponds, as already said, to the week of the consecration of his fathers to their priestly office (Leviticus 8). Which circumstance of time increased his sins, saith Polanus. 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 trouble. Ezekiel 3:17-19 New International Version (NIV). (Haydock) --- There was no new wheat in the fourth month, but rather in May or June, chap. Where — Where I found them sitting astonished, at the sight of their change from freedom and honour to servitude and shame. Hence Ezekiel had not yet been drawn forth: therefore he says, that he sat with either great stupor or great desolation, as they say. ], "For a week he struggles inwardly with Yahweh, with his calling, and with the message he is charged to proclaim. It was in the middle part of Mesopotamia, saith Junius, between two rivers, Chebar and Saocorah. Telharsa, ( Ezra 2:59 ) ( Nehemiah Toy translates the latter half of the verse, “and sat there among them seven days dismayed.”, — Kautzsch, “staring;” that is, dumb and motionless. Seven days — Mourning no doubt all that while, and waiting 'till the spirit of prophecy should open his mouth. 15. Ezekiel 3:15 Context. 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. The Babylonians may have situated them there to rebuild and repopulate the site and to reclaim its land. .) (Compare. Then I came to them of the captivity of Telabib. "that dwelt by the river of Chebar and Haesher"; the "Keri" or Ezekiel 3:15. The lesser known Ezekiel is a priest in the time of King David (1 Chronicles 24:16). The final section of Ezekiel, chapters 40-48, give the ideal picture of a new temple.The Jerusalem Bible refers to this section as "the Torah of Ezekiel". and which was the first month with the Jews; whereas it was in 7 I will set my face against them. 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. The ten tribes had been long since carried away by Shalmaneser king of Asyria, and settled on the Chabor or Habor (2 Kings 18:6). Ezekiel 10:15 And the cherubims were lifted up. 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar. He only remained on the spot because the hand of the Lord “was heavy upon him” (Ezekiel 3:14). it being through inundations uninhabited, and so exposed unto Why, because the vision had vanished, and so he was entirely occupied with the other captives. them seven days: The remainder of the verse is to be understood in the same manner as Job 2:13. Tel-abib was located in Babylonia and is not to be confused with the modern city of Tel Aviv in Israel. 15.Tel-abib — This was the name of the village where most of the Hebrew community seems to have resided, on the river Chebar. (Haydock) --- Many suppose that he never spoke. came to visit him, and saw his distress, ( Job 2:13 ) . 11.; Calmet) though probable from ver. Ezekiel 3:15. 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. Vulgate Latin version renders it: not that there were such at 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. [Note: Stuart, p29.]. 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. The name “Tel-abib” (“mount of ears of corn”) was probably given on account of its fertility. Ezekiel (/ ɪ ˈ z iː k i əl /; Hebrew: יְחֶזְקֵאל ‎ Yĕḥezqēʾl [jəħ.ɛzˈqeːl]; in the Septuagint written in Koinē Greek: Ἰεζεκιήλ Iezekiḗl [i.ɛ.zɛ.kiˈel]) is the central protagonist of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible.. So many days Job's friends kept silence, when they came to visit him, and saw his distress, Job 2:13. — This is the Hebrew Margin reading. 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. 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. Tel-Abib — Tel means an “elevation.” It is identified by Michaelis with Thallaba on the Chabor. “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. 1. Just as human kings had chariots, so did deities. Tel-abib — A part of Mesopotamia, which was shut up within Chebar westward, and Saocora eastward. For his very appearance would rouse the attention of men, that they should enquire the meaning of this unusual sorrow. Perhaps the name expressed the Jews' hopes of restoration, or else the fertility of the region. God had again and again commanded Ezekiel to “speak” (, ); but through bitterness of spirit the prophet remained silent. (Calmet) --- Tel means "a heap," and abib "new corn." And for seven days he sat there ‘overwhelmed’. Ezekiel 3:15, ESV: "And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling. 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. Seven days.] —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. I sat where they sat — Literally, to where they lived. Seven days was the length of time that the Jews usually mourned for their dead ( Genesis 50:10; Numbers 19:11; Job 2:13), and it was the time it took to consecrate a priest ( Leviticus 8:33). Since "Tel" can mean "ruined mound," it is possible that the Jewish exiles lived at the site of a destroyed or abandoned city. sat. Physically he lived among his own people, but spiritually he would operate in another realm, a zone governed by divine realities." ., p138.]. reaching from Mount Masius to the river Euphrates, and lay Hereafter his people could expect no more idle or mundane chatter from him. 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. Tel-abib; the name of a place in that part of Mesopotamia, which was shut up within Chebar westward, and Saocora eastward. same with Saocoras, connecting it with the preceding clause, It could be that he saw this as his period of consecration to his mission. Ezekiel 3:15 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. The Targum renders it, "silent"; through grief Tel means an 'elevation.' 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. The meaning of the term is given differently by different scholars; for example, Kuenen, following the Vulgate, “Cornear Hill;” Fred. Seven days was the space of time appointed for mourning.” — Lowth. 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. (Ezek. 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). It is identified by Michaelis with Thallaba on the Chabour. Question: "What does Ezekiel 20:25 mean when God says, ‘I gave them statutes that were not good’?" Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib be waiting all this time for orders and instructions to prophesy; Delitzsch, “Forest Hill;” more recently, “Mound of the Storm” (Pinches), or, “Hill of the Deluge” (Haupt). The word means ‘appalled, desolated’ and the causative conjugation signifies that it was the effect of what he had experienced. 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