The Meaning of Ezekiel 20:49 Explained

Ezekiel 20:49

KJV: Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

YLT: And I say, 'Ah, Lord Jehovah, They are saying of me, Is he not using similes?

Darby: And I said, Ah, Lord Jehovah! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

ASV: Then said I, Ah Lord Jehovah! they say of me, Is he not a speaker of parables?

What does Ezekiel 20:49 Mean?

Verse Meaning

Ezekiel replied to the Lord that the people were not taking what he said seriously; they were explaining away his announcement of judgment as only a parable or fictional story, not as a symbolic message of real judgment to come.

Chapter Summary: Ezekiel 20

1  God refuses to be consulted by the elders of Israel
4  He shows the story of their rebellions in Egypt
19  in the desert
27  and in the land
33  He promises to gather them by the Gospel
45  Under the name of a forest he shows the destruction of Jerusalem

What do the individual words in Ezekiel 20:49 mean?

And I said Ah Lord GOD they say of me Does not speak parables he -
וָאֹמַ֕ר אֲהָ֖הּ אֲדֹנָ֣י ! יְהוִ֑ה הֵ֚מָּה אֹמְרִ֣ים לִ֔י הֲלֹ֛א מְמַשֵּׁ֥ל ؟ מְשָׁלִ֖ים הֽוּא פ

וָאֹמַ֕ר  And  I  said 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, first person common singular
Root: אָמַר 
Sense: to say, speak, utter.
אֲהָ֖הּ  Ah 
Parse: Interjection
Root: אֲהָהּ  
Sense: alas!, oh!, ah!.
אֲדֹנָ֣י  Lord 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: אֲדֹנָי  
Sense: my lord, lord.
! יְהוִ֑ה  GOD 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יהוה 
Sense: Jehovah—used primarily in the combination ‘Lord Jehovah’.
אֹמְרִ֣ים  say 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine plural
Root: אָמַר 
Sense: to say, speak, utter.
לִ֔י  of  me 
Parse: Preposition, first person common singular
הֲלֹ֛א  Does  not 
Parse: Adverb, Negative particle
Root: הֲלֹא 
Sense: not, no.
מְמַשֵּׁ֥ל  speak 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Participle, masculine singular
Root: מָשַׁל 
Sense: to represent, liken, be like.
؟ מְשָׁלִ֖ים  parables 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: מָשָׁל  
Sense: proverb, parable.
פ  - 
Parse: Punctuation

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