Ezekiel 20:46
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New American Standard Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward Teman, and speak out against the south and prophesy against the forest land of the Negev,

King James Bible
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop words against the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

World English Bible
Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop [your word] toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the South;

Young's Literal Translation
Son of man, set thy face the way of Teman, and prophesy unto the south, and prophesy unto the forest of the field -- the south;

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Commentary
Barnes' Notes on the Bible

In this verse occur three Hebrew synonyms for "south," denoting:

(1) the region on the right, Teman 1 Samuel 23:24;

(2) the region of dryness, Negeb Joshua 15:4;

(3) the region of brightness, Darom Deuteronomy 33:23.

The variety of terms helps the force of the application. Chebar is in the north of Babylonia; from the north the Chaldaeans came upon Judaea (see the Ezekiel 1:4 note).

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Library
Manner of Covenanting.
Previous to an examination of the manner of engaging in the exercise of Covenanting, the consideration of God's procedure towards his people while performing the service seems to claim regard. Of the manner in which the great Supreme as God acts, as well as of Himself, our knowledge is limited. Yet though even of the effects on creatures of His doings we know little, we have reason to rejoice that, in His word He has informed us, and in His providence illustrated by that word, he has given us to
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Covenanting Sanctioned by the Divine Example.
God's procedure when imitable forms a peculiar argument for duty. That is made known for many reasons; among which must stand this,--that it may be observed and followed as an example. That, being perfect, is a safe and necessary pattern to follow. The law of God proclaims what he wills men as well as angels to do. The purposes of God show what he has resolved to have accomplished. The constitutions of his moral subjects intimate that he has provided that his will shall be voluntarily accomplished
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Cross References
Isaiah 30:6
The oracle concerning the beasts of the Negev. Through a land of distress and anguish, From where come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent, They carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys And their treasures on camels' humps, To a people who cannot profit them;

Jeremiah 13:19
The cities of the Negev have been locked up, And there is no one to open them; All Judah has been carried into exile, Wholly carried into exile.

Ezekiel 20:45
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 21:2
"Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and speak against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel;

Ezekiel 21:4
"Because I will cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword will go forth from its sheath against all flesh from south to north.

Amos 7:16
"Now hear the word of the LORD: you are saying, 'You shall not prophesy against Israel nor shall you speak against the house of Isaac.'

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