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Ezekiel 13:16-18 New English Translation (NET Bible)

16 those prophets of Israel who would prophesy about Jerusalem and would see visions of peace for it, when there was no peace,” declares the Sovereign Lord.’

17 “As for you, son of man, turn toward[a] the daughters of your people who are prophesying from their imagination.[b] Prophesy against them 18 and say ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to those who sew bands[c] on all their wrists[d] and make headbands[e] for heads of every size to entrap people’s lives![f] Will you entrap my people’s lives, yet preserve your own lives?


  1. Ezekiel 13:17 tn Heb “set your face against.”
  2. Ezekiel 13:17 tn Heb “from their heart.”
  3. Ezekiel 13:18 sn The wristbands mentioned here probably represented magic bands or charms. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 1:413.
  4. Ezekiel 13:18 tn Heb “joints of the hands.” This may include the elbow and shoulder joints.
  5. Ezekiel 13:18 tn The Hebrew term occurs in the Bible only here and in v. 21. It has also been understood as a veil or type of head covering. D. I. Block (Ezekiel [NICOT], 1:414) suggests that given the context of magical devices, the expected parallel to the magical arm bands, and the meaning of this Hebrew root (סָפַח [safakh, “to attach” or “join”]), it may refer to headbands or necklaces on which magical amulets were worn.
  6. Ezekiel 13:18 tn Heb “human lives” or “souls” (three times in v. 18 and twice in v. 19).
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