Ezekiel 21:7
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And when they ask you, 'Why are you groaning?' you shall say, 'Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.' It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD."

King James Bible
And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore dost thou sigh? that thou shalt say, Because of the tidings, for it cometh; and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall languish, and all knees shall melt into water: behold, it cometh; it is here, saith the Lord Jehovah.

World English Bible
It shall be, when they tell you, Why do you sigh? that you shall say, Because of the news, for it comes; and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it comes, and it shall be done, says the Lord Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and it hath come to pass, when they say unto thee, For what art thou sighing? that thou hast said: Because of the report, for it is coming, And melted hath every heart, And feeble hath been all hands, And weak is every spirit, And all knees go -- waters, Lo, it is coming, yea, it hath been, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.'

Ezekiel 21:7 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Wherefore sighest thou? - The prophet was a sign unto them.

His sighing and mourning showed them how they should act.

All knees shall be weak as water - See the note on Ezekiel 7:17.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Wherefore

Ezekiel 12:9-11 Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, What do you...

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

Ezekiel 24:19 And the people said to me, Will you not tell us what these things are to us, that you do so?

For the

Ezekiel 7:26 Mischief shall come on mischief, and rumor shall be on rumor; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet...

2 Kings 21:12 Therefore thus said the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it...

Isaiah 7:2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people...

Isaiah 28:19 From the time that it goes forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night...

Jeremiah 6:22-24 Thus said the LORD, Behold, a people comes from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth...

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted...

and every

Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold on them...

Deuteronomy 20:8 And the officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted?...

Joshua 2:9-11 And she said to the men, I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that your terror is fallen on us...

Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites...

2 Samuel 17:10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt...

Nahum 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins...

all hands

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Jeremiah 50:43 The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him...

Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth...

Hebrews 12:12 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

faint

Leviticus 26:36 And on them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies...

Isaiah 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

Jeremiah 8:18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.

Lamentations 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

weak as water [heb] go into water

Ezekiel 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

it cometh

Ezekiel 7:2-12 Also, you son of man, thus said the Lord GOD to the land of Israel; An end, the end is come on the four corners of the land...

Ezekiel 12:22-28 Son of man, what is that proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails...

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

Library
Carried Captive into Babylon
In the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem," to besiege the city. 2 Kings 25:1. The outlook for Judah was hopeless. "Behold, I am against thee," the Lord Himself declared through Ezekiel. "I the Lord have drawn forth My sword out of his sheath" it shall not return any more. . . . Every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water." "I will pour out Mine indignation
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Sundry Sharp Reproofs
This doctrine draws up a charge against several sorts: 1 Those that think themselves good Christians, yet have not learned this art of holy mourning. Luther calls mourning a rare herb'. Men have tears to shed for other things, but have none to spare for their sins. There are many murmurers, but few mourners. Most are like the stony ground which lacked moisture' (Luke 8:6). We have many cry out of hard times, but they are not sensible of hard hearts. Hot and dry is the worst temper of the body. Sure
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Leviticus 26:36
"'As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.

Joshua 7:5
who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water.

Psalm 58:7
Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.

Isaiah 13:7
Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear.

Ezekiel 7:17
Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.

Ezekiel 7:26
Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end.

Ezekiel 21:6
"Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief.

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