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Ezekiel 5:5

    Ezekiel 5:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Thus said the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the middle of the nations and countries that are round about her.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are round about her.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    This is what the Lord has said: This is Jerusalem: I have put her among the nations, and countries are round her on every side;

    Webster's Revision

    Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are round about her.

    World English Bible

    Thus says the Lord Yahweh: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are around her.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thus saith the Lord GOD: This is Jerusalem: I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are round about her.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ezekiel 5:5

    This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations - I have made this city the most eminent and the most illustrious in the world. Some think that these words refer to its geographical situation, as being equally in the center of the habitable world. But any point on a globe is its center, no matter where laid down; and it would not be difficult to show that even this literal sense is tolerably correct. But the point which is the center of the greatest portion of land that can be exhibited on one hemisphere is the capital of the British empire. See my Sermon on the universal spread of the Gospel.

    Barnes' Notes on Ezekiel 5:5

    I have set it in the midst of the nations - It was not unusual for nations to regard the sanctuary, which they most revered, as the center of the earth. In the case of the holy land this was both natural and appropriate. Egypt to the south, Syria to the north, Assyria to the east and the Isles of the Gentiles in the Great Sea to the west, were to the Jew proofs of the central position of his land in the midst of the nations (compare Jeremiah 3:19). The habitation assigned to the chosen people was suitable at the first for separating them from the nations; then for the seat of the vast dominion and commerce of Solomon; then, when they learned from their neighbors idol-worship, their central position was the source of their punishment. Midway between the mighty empires of Egypt and Assyria the holy land became a battlefield for the two powers, and suffered alternately from each as for the time the one or the other became predominant.

    Wesley's Notes on Ezekiel 5:5

    5:5 This is Jerusalem - This portrayed city, is typically Jerusalem. The midst - Jerusalem was set in the midst of the nations, to be as the heart in the body, to invigorate the dead world with a divine life, as well as to enlighten the dark world with a divine light.