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O Israel, your prophets have been like jackals in the waste places. Bible

“jackals.” The Hebrew word for “fox” and “jackal” is the same, so the versions are divided, some saying foxes and some saying jackals. The context and known behavior of the animals is the determining factor in the translation. Foxes are solitary, not really dangerous to people, and tend to avoid human contact. In contrast, jackals are pack animals, dangerous to humans, and become very bold in their packs. Given that, it is very appropriate that God referred to the false prophets as “jackals.” They worked in groups supporting one another by their false visions, and were very dangerous to God’s people, feeding them with all manner of bad information.


Commentary for: Ezekiel 13:4