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Go to Bible: Ezekiel 33
 
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Eze 33:2

“the sons of your people.” This is literal. Although the message of Ezekiel applied to the women and children too, culturally, Ezekiel would only speak to the men, the heads of the families.

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Eze 33:3

“shofar.” The ram’s horn trumpet, not the metal trumpet.

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Eze 33:4

“shofar.” The ram’s horn trumpet, not the metal trumpet.

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Eze 33:5

“delivered his soul.” That is, saved his life from the invading army. This is not speaking of eternal life salvation. Verses like this are examples of “soul” meaning “life.”

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Eze 33:6

“I will require from the watchman’s hand.” An idiomatic statement meaning that God will hold the watchman accountable for the blood of those he did not warn.

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Eze 33:12

“righteousness.” In this context, “righteousness” is doing what is right to God and others (see commentary on Matt. 5:6).

“fall by it.” That is, fall to his death, or die unsaved.

“live by it.” This is the “pregnant sense” of “live,” where it refers to staying alive with God’s blessing but more fully refers to living forever. Thus, the primary meaning of “live” here is “live forever.” In the Church Age, believers are “born again,” which is a one-time event of spiritual birth that assures that they will live forever. However, before the Day of Pentecost, in the Old Testament and Gospels, a person had to maintain their trust in God to be assured of being saved. [For more on the permanence of Christian salvation, see Appendix 1, “The Permanence of Christian Salvation”].

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Eze 33:13

“live, yes, live.” The Hebrew is the figure of speech polyptoton. The primary meaning of “live” in this context is “live forever.” [For more on the figure polyptoton used in this way and the way the REV translates it, see commentary on Genesis 2:16]. Similarly, the primary meaning of “die” in this context is “die forever.” [For more on the wicked being annihilated in the Lake of Fire, see Appendix 5, “Annihilation in the Lake of Fire”].

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Eze 33:14

“die, yes, die.” The Hebrew is the figure of speech polyptoton. [For more on the figure polyptoton used in this way and the way the REV translates it, see commentary on Genesis 2:16, and cp. Gen. 2:17, “you will die, yes, die”].

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Eze 33:15

“live, yes, live.” The Hebrew is the figure of speech polyptoton. [For more on the figure polyptoton used in this way and the way the REV translates it, see commentary on Genesis 2:16].

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Eze 33:16

“live, yes, live.” The Hebrew is the figure of speech polyptoton. [For more on the figure polyptoton used in this way and the way the REV translates it, see commentary on Genesis 2:16].

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Eze 33:17

“the children of your people.” This is an idiom for “your people.”

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Eze 33:21

“fugitive.” In this case, a “fugitive from Jerusalem,” meaning one who had escaped death but also escaped the ungodly and dangerous leadership in Jerusalem. This “fugitive” was most likely part of the Babylonian captivity, but a person whose life was spared and who now could start over in Babylon.

“defeated.” Literally, “struck, struck down.” The city had been taken by the enemy.

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Eze 33:22

“in the evening.” The Bible does not say if this was before or after sunset. If before sunset, then God’s hand had been on Ezekiel on the fourth day of the tenth month, but if after sunset, then God’s hand was on Ezekiel and he could speak on the fifth day of the tenth month, the same day the fugitive arrived. The consistent dating in Ezekiel is evidence for the conclusion that it was after sunset.

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