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The Lord[a] said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who plot evil and give wicked advice in this city. They say,[b] ‘The time is not near to build houses;[c] the city[d] is a cooking pot,[e] and we are the meat in it.’ Therefore, prophesy against them! Prophesy, son of man!”

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  1. Ezekiel 11:2 tn Heb “and he”; the referent (the Lord) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. Ezekiel 11:3 tn The Hebrew verb may mean “think” in this context. This content of what they say (or think) represents their point of view.
  3. Ezekiel 11:3 sn The expression build houses may mean “establish families” (Deut 25:9; Ruth 4:11; Prov 24:27).
  4. Ezekiel 11:3 tn Heb “she” or “it”; the feminine pronoun refers here to Jerusalem.
  5. Ezekiel 11:3 sn Jerusalem is also compared to a pot in Ezek 24:3-8. The siege of the city is pictured as heating up the pot.

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