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Ezekiel 13:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— O Israel, thy prophets have been like foxes in the waste places.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— O Israel, thy prophets have been like foxes in desert places.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As jackals, among ruins, thy prophets, O Israel, have been.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— As foxes in the wastes, Thy prophets, O Israel, have been.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thy prophets, O Israel, were like foxes in the deserts.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O Israel, thy prophets [are] like the foxes in the deserts.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thy prophets, O Israel, are like foxes in the deserts.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— O Yisrael, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
O Yi$rl יִשׂרָאֵל, 3478
{3478} Prime
From H8280 and H0410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity.
thy prophets 5030
{5030} Prime
From H5012; a prophet or (generally) inspired man.
are x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
like the foxes 7776
{7776} Prime
From the same as H8168; a jackal (as a burrower).
in the deserts. 2723
{2723} Prime
Feminine of H2721; properly drought, that is, (by implication) a desolation.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezekiel 13:4

_ _ foxes — which cunningly “spoil the vines” (Song of Songs 2:15), Israel being the vineyard (Psalms 80:8-15; Isaiah 5:1-7; Isaiah 27:2; Jeremiah 2:21); their duty was to have guarded it from being spoiled, whereas they themselves spoiled it by corruptions.

_ _ in ... deserts — where there is nothing to eat; whence the foxes become so ravenous and crafty in their devices to get food. So the prophets wander in Israel, a moral desert, unrestrained, greedy of gain which they get by craft.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ezekiel 13:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ezekiel 13:4

Thy prophets — Thy prophets, not mine. Like the foxes — Hungry, and ravening, crafty, and guileful. In the deserts — Where want makes them more eager after their prey.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ezekiel 13:4

O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes (b) in the deserts.

(b) Watching to destroy the vineyard.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Crafty, mischievous, and ravenous; always scheming something for their own interest; while they would not risk their persons to avert the mischief which they had caused.


Song of Songs 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines [have] tender grapes.
Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, [saying], I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
Micah 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. ... Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
Ephesians 4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, ... And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ... Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Titus 1:10-12 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: ... One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians [are] alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Revelation 13:11-14 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. ... And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
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