The Meaning of Ezekiel 2:8 Explained

Ezekiel 2:8

KJV: But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

YLT: 'And thou, son of man, hear that which I am speaking unto thee: Thou art not rebellious like the rebellious house, open thy mouth, and eat that which I am giving unto thee.'

Darby: And thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

ASV: But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that which I give thee.

What does Ezekiel 2:8 Mean?

Verse Meaning

The Lord warned Ezekiel not to be rebellious like the people of Israel but to listen to Him and to receive the messages that God would feed him (cf. Deuteronomy 8:3; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 4:4; John 6:53-58).

Context Summary

Ezekiel 2:1-10 - A Hard Commission
The people were impudent and stiff-hearted; their words as briars and thorns; their speech like the poison of scorpions; but the prophet was commissioned to go on with his divine mission, undeterred by their opposition. Under such circumstances we must be sure of a Thus saith the Lord. But no man can stand against the continual opposition of his fellows, unless his strength is renewed, as Ezekiel's was, by eating that which God gives. Open thy mouth, and eat that which I give thee, Ezekiel 2:8. Let us specially consider the divine denunciations of sin, that our words may be sharper than any two-edged sword. Nothing makes us so strong as feeding perpetually upon the roll of the Book, and especially on the Word within the words. We must eat the flesh and drink in the life of the Son of man, if we can deal aright with the needs of the sons of men. [source]

Chapter Summary: Ezekiel 2

1  Ezekiel's commission
6  His instruction
9  The scroll of his heavy prophecy

What do the individual words in Ezekiel 2:8 mean?

But you son of man hear - what I say to you not do be rebellious like house The rebellious open your mouth and eat I give you
וְאַתָּ֣ה בֶן־ אָדָ֗ם שְׁמַע֙ אֵ֤ת אֲשֶׁר־ אֲנִי֙ מְדַבֵּ֣ר אֵלֶ֔יךָ אַל־ תְּהִי־ מֶ֖רִי כְּבֵ֣ית הַמֶּ֑רִי פְּצֵ֣ה פִ֔יךָ וֶאֱכֹ֕ל אֲנִ֖י נֹתֵ֥ן אֵלֶֽיךָ

וְאַתָּ֣ה  But  you 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Pronoun, second person masculine singular
Root: אַתְּ 
Sense: you (second pers.
בֶן־  son 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בֵּן 
Sense: son, grandson, child, member of a group.
אָדָ֗ם  of  man 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: אָדָם 
Sense: man, mankind.
שְׁמַע֙  hear 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperative, masculine singular
Root: שָׁמַע 
Sense: to hear, listen to, obey.
אֵ֤ת  - 
Parse: Direct object marker
Root: אֹות 
Sense: sign of the definite direct object, not translated in English but generally preceding and indicating the accusative.
מְדַבֵּ֣ר  say 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Participle, masculine singular
Root: דָּבַר 
Sense: to speak, declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, sing.
אֵלֶ֔יךָ  to  you 
Parse: Preposition, second person masculine singular
Root: אֶל  
Sense: to, toward, unto (of motion).
תְּהִי־  do  be 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect Jussive, second person masculine singular
Root: אֶהְיֶה 
Sense: to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out.
מֶ֖רִי  rebellious 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: מְרִי  
Sense: rebellion.
כְּבֵ֣ית  like  house 
Parse: Preposition-k, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בַּיִת 
Sense: house.
הַמֶּ֑רִי  The  rebellious 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: מְרִי  
Sense: rebellion.
פְּצֵ֣ה  open 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperative, masculine singular
Root: פָּצָה  
Sense: to part, open, separate, set free.
פִ֔יךָ  your  mouth 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, second person masculine singular
Root: פֶּה  
Sense: mouth.
וֶאֱכֹ֕ל  and  eat 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Imperative, masculine singular
Root: אָכַל  
Sense: to eat, devour, burn up, feed.
נֹתֵ֥ן  give 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine singular
Root: יָתַן 
Sense: to give, put, set.