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Ezekiel 17:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Son of man, propound a riddle and speak a parable to the house of Israel,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Son of man, Put thou forth a riddle, And speak thou a parable,—Unto the house of Israel:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Son of man, put forth a riddle, and use a simile unto the house of Israel,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Sonne of man, put foorth a riddle, and speake a parable vnto the house of Israel,
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Son of man, relate a tale, and speak a parable to the house of Israel:
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Yisrael;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Son 1121
{1121} Prime
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of man, 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
put forth 2330
{2330} Prime
A primitive root; properly to tie a knot, that is, (figuratively) to propound a riddle.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
a riddle, 2420
{2420} Prime
From H2330; a puzzle; hence a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim.
and speak 4911
{4911} Prime
Denominative from H4912; to liken, that is, (transitively) to use figurative language (an allegory, adage, song or the like); intransitively to resemble.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
a parable 4912
{4912} Prime
Apparently from H4910 in some original sense of superiority in mental action; properly a pithy maxim, usually of a metaphorical nature; hence a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse).
unto x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
the house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
of 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.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ezekiel 17:2

_ _ riddle — a continued allegory, expressed enigmatically, requiring more than common acumen and serious thought. The Hebrew is derived from a root, “sharp,” that is, calculated to stimulate attention and whet the intellect. Distinct from “fable,” in that it teaches not fiction, but fact. Not like the ordinary riddle, designed to puzzle, but to instruct. The “riddle” is here identical with the “parable,” only that the former refers to the obscurity, the latter to the likeness of the figure to the thing compared.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ezekiel 17:1-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ezekiel 17:2

A riddle — A dark saying. The house of Israel — The remainders of the house of Israel, whether of the ten, or of the two tribes.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
Judges 9:8-15 The trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. ... And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, [then] come [and] put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
Judges 14:12-19 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find [it] out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments: ... And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
2 Samuel 12:1-4 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. ... And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
Matthew 13:13-14 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. ... And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Mark 4:33-34 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear [it]. ... But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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Jg 9:8; 14:12. 2S 12:1. Ezk 20:49. Ho 12:10. Mt 13:13, 35. Mk 4:33. 1Co 13:12.

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