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Ezekiel 12:11-13 New English Translation (NET Bible)

11 Say, ‘I am an object lesson[a] for you. Just as I have done, so it will be done to them; they will go into exile and captivity.’

12 “The prince[b] who is among them will raise his belongings[c] onto his shoulder in darkness and will go out. He[d] will dig a hole in the wall to leave through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land with his eyes. 13 But I will throw my net over him, and he will be caught in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans[e] (but he will not see it),[f] and there he will die.[g]


  1. Ezekiel 12:11 tn object lesson is מוֹפֵת (mofet, “wonder, sign”), which here refers to a sign or portent of bad things to come.
  2. Ezekiel 12:12 sn The prince is a reference to Zedekiah.
  3. Ezekiel 12:12 tn The words “his belongings” are not in the Hebrew text but are implied.
  4. Ezekiel 12:12 tc The MT reads “they”; the LXX and Syriac read “he.”
  5. Ezekiel 12:13 tn Or “Babylonians” (NCV, NLT). sn The Chaldeans were a group of people in the country south of Babylon from which Nebuchadnezzar came. The Chaldean dynasty his father established became the name by which the Babylonians are regularly referred to in the book of Jeremiah, while Jeremiah’s contemporary, Ezekiel, uses both terms.
  6. Ezekiel 12:13 sn He will not see it. This prediction was fulfilled in 2 Kgs 25:7 and Jer 52:11, which recount how Zedekiah was blinded before being deported to Babylon.
  7. Ezekiel 12:13 sn There he will die. This was fulfilled when King Zedekiah died in exile (Jer 52:11).
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