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Very strange verse: Ezek.20:25

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:05 pm
by LAGoff
The verse says that "I give you statutes (chukim) that are not good and mishpatim (laws?) that you can't live by them."

Why does he say this and what does it mean?

Re: Very strange verse: Ezek.20:25

PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:17 pm
by David_L
The Artscroll Tanach's footnote for that verse:

In punishment, I let them be subjugated by the bitter, impossible decrees of their enemies (Radak).


Rashi's commentary on that verse, from http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo ... =true&v=25

statutes that were not good: I delivered them into the hands of their temptation to stumble over their iniquity, and so did Jonathan render: And I delivered them into the hands of their foolish temptation, and they went and made decrees that were not good, and practices by which they cannot live.

Re: Very strange verse: Ezek.20:25

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:34 pm
by David_L
By the way, who is the "Jonathan" mentioned in Rashi's commentary?

Re: Very strange verse: Ezek.20:25

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:19 am
by rivka

Re: Very strange verse: Ezek.20:25

PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:04 am
by David_L
Thanks, Rivka.

Re: Very strange verse: Ezek.20:25

PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:20 pm
by LAGoff
David_L wrote:The Artscroll Tanach's footnote for that verse:

In punishment, I let them be subjugated by the bitter, impossible decrees of their enemies (Radak).


Rashi's commentary on that verse, from http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo ... =true&v=25

statutes that were not good: I delivered them into the hands of their temptation to stumble over their iniquity, and so did Jonathan render: And I delivered them into the hands of their foolish temptation, and they went and made decrees that were not good, and practices by which they cannot live.



The NLT (a Christian version) corroborates Rashi/Johnathan/Radak. v.25: "I gave them over to worthless decrees and regulations that would not lead to life." v.26: "I let them pollute themselves..."