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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CommentaryClarke'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).
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'... 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
The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.
In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns.
Hunters will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns.
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.
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.
"I will make you a ruin and a reproach among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by.
"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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