Ezekiel 12:20
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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.'"

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.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

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.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Eat thy bread with quaking - Assume the manner of a person who is every moment afraid of his life, who has nothing but a morsel of bread to eat, and a little water to drink. Thus signifying the siege, and the straits to which they should be reduced. See this explained, Ezekiel 12:19 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ezekiel 15:6,8 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel...

Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit on 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 sliver coins...

Isaiah 24:3,12 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD has spoken this word...

Isaiah 64:10,11 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation...

Jeremiah 4:7,23-29 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way...

Jeremiah 12:10-12 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot...

Jeremiah 16:9 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days...

Jeremiah 19:11 And shall say to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel...

Jeremiah 24:8-10 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus said the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah...

Jeremiah 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant...

Jeremiah 34:22 Behold, I will command, said the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it...

Lamentations 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk on it.

Daniel 9:17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications...

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A Common Mistake and Lame Excuse
'... He prophesieth of the times that are far off.'--EZEKIEL xii. 27. Human nature was very much the same in the exiles that listened to Ezekiel on the banks of the Chebar and in Manchester to-day. The same neglect of God's message was grounded then on the same misapprehension of its bearings which profoundly operates in the case of many people now. Ezekiel had been proclaiming the fall of Jerusalem to the exiles whose captivity preceded it by a few years; and he was confronted by the incredulity
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Last Agony
'In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. 2. And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. 3. And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarse-chim, Rab-saris, Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

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

Isaiah 7:23
In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns.

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

Jeremiah 4:7
A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant.

Jeremiah 25:9
I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon," declares the LORD, "and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.

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

Ezekiel 12:15
"They will know that I am the LORD, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries.

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