New Living Translation
"Every leader in Israel who lives within your walls is bent on murder.
King James Bible
Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, the princes of Israel have been in thee to shed blood, each according to his power.
World English Bible
Behold, the princes of Israel, everyone according to his power, have been in you to shed blood.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, princes of Israel -- each according to his arm Have been in thee to shed blood.
Ezekiel 22:6 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
22:6 Every one - Not one to be found of a more merciful temper. To their power - According to their ability.
To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Your leaders are rebels, the companions of thieves. All of them love bribes and demand payoffs, but they refuse to defend the cause of orphans or fight for the rights of widows.
"Son of man, cry out and wail; pound your thighs in anguish, for that sword will slaughter my people and their leaders--everyone will die!
and give her this message from the Sovereign LORD: O city of murderers, doomed and damned--city of idols, filthy and foul--
Your leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people's lives for money!
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