Ezekiel 13 – “Tirade Against The False Prophets”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God vows to end the false prophecies that are pervasive in Israel.

II. Photo
God denigrates the false prophets: “Your prophets, O Israel, have been like jackals among ruins!” (v. 4)

III. Important Verses
2: O mortal, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy; say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the LORD!
6-7: They prophesied falsehood and lying divination; they said, “Declares the LORD,” when the LORD did not send them, and then they waited for their word to be fulfilled. It was false visions you prophesied and lying divination you uttered, saying, “Declares the LORD,” when I had not spoken.
14: I will throw down the wall that you daubed with plaster, and I will raze it to the ground so that its foundation is exposed; and when it falls, you shall perish in its midst; then you shall know that I am the LORD.
17-19: And you, O mortal, set your face against the women of your people, who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them and say: Thus said the Lord GOD: Woe to those who sew pads on all arm-joints and make bonnets for the head of every person, in order to entrap! Can you hunt down lives among My people, while you preserve your own lives? You have profaned My name among My people in return for handfuls of barley and morsels of bread; you have announced the death of persons who will not die and the survival of persons who will not live — lying to My people, who listen to your lies.

IV. Outline
1. Introduction
2-7. Israel’s prophets have related false prophecies
8-9. The prophets will not return from exile
10-12. The wall will not be repaired
13-16. God will destroy the wall
17-19. Israel’s prophettesses are liars
20-23. God will take away their power of influence

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Allen, Leslie C. “Ezekiel 1-19” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 28 (Waco, Texas: Wordbook, 1994).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Hals, Ronald M. “Ezekiel” The forms of the Old Testament Literature vol. 19 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1989)
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