Ezekiel 12:20
New International Version
The inhabited towns will be laid waste and the land will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

New Living Translation
The cities will be destroyed and the farmland made desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

English Standard Version
And the inhabited cities shall be laid waste, and the land shall become a desolation; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

Berean Study Bible
The inhabited cities will be laid waste, and the land will become desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

King James Bible
And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

New King James Version
Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”

New American Standard Bible
The inhabited cities will be in ruins, and the land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the LORD.”’”

NASB 1995
“The inhabited cities will be laid waste and the land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the LORD."’”

NASB 1977
“And the inhabited cities will be laid waste, and the land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the LORD. ”’”

Amplified Bible
The cities that are inhabited will be in ruins and the land will be deserted; and you will know [without any doubt] that I am the LORD.”’”

Christian Standard Bible
The inhabited cities will be destroyed, and the land will become dreadful. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The inhabited cities will be destroyed, and the land will become a desolation. Then you will know that I am Yahweh.”

American Standard Version
And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be a desolation; and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the cities that are inhabited shall be desolate, and the land will be for destruction, and you shall know that I AM LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And their inhabited cities shall be laid utterly waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Every town will lie in ruins, and the land will be a barren desert. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the cities that are now inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate: and you shall know that I am the Lord.

English Revised Version
And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be a desolation; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Good News Translation
Cities that are now full of people will be destroyed, and the country will be made a wilderness. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The cities where people live will be destroyed, and the country will become a wasteland. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"

International Standard Version
The towns that are inhabited will lie in ruins, because the land will be devastated. Then they'll learn that I am the LORD."'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.'

Literal Standard Version
And the cities that are inhabited are laid waste, and the land is a desolation, and you have known that I [am] YHWH.”

NET Bible
The inhabited towns will be left in ruins and the land will be devastated. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'"

New Heart English Bible
The cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be a desolation; and you shall know that I am the LORD.'"

World English Bible
The cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be a desolation; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And the cities that are inhabited are laid waste, and the land is a desolation, and ye have known that I am Jehovah.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Signs of the Coming Captivity
19Then tell the people of the land that this is what the Lord GOD says about those living in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel: ‘They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water in dread, for their land will be stripped of everything in it because of the violence of all who dwell in it. 20The inhabited cities will be laid waste, and the land will become desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

Cross References
Isaiah 3:26
And the gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.

Isaiah 7:23
And on that day, in every place that had a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels of silver, only briers and thorns will be found.

Isaiah 7:24
Men will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns.

Jeremiah 4:7
A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his lair to lay waste your land. Your cities will be reduced to ruins and lie uninhabited.

Jeremiah 25:9
behold, I will summon all the families of the north, declares the LORD, and I will send for My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, whom I will bring against this land, against its residents, and against all the surrounding nations. So I will devote them to destruction and make them an object of horror and contempt, an everlasting desolation.

Ezekiel 5:14
I will make you a ruin and a disgrace among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by.

Ezekiel 12:15
And they will know that I am the LORD, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them throughout the countries.


Treasury of Scripture

And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 15:6,8
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem…

Isaiah 3:26
And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

Isaiah 7:23,24
And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns…











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The inhabited
הַנּֽוֹשָׁבוֹת֙ (han·nō·wō·šā·ḇō·wṯ)
Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

cities
וְהֶעָרִ֤ים (wə·he·‘ā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5892: Excitement

will be laid waste,
תֶּחֱרַ֔בְנָה (te·ḥĕ·raḇ·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 2717: To parch, to desolate, destroy, kill

and the land
וְהָאָ֖רֶץ (wə·hā·’ā·reṣ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

will become
תִֽהְיֶ֑ה (ṯih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

desolate.
שְׁמָמָ֣ה (šə·mā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8077: Devastation, astonishment

Then you will know
וִֽידַעְתֶּ֖ם (wî·ḏa‘·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 3045: To know

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I
אֲנִ֥י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

am the LORD.’”
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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