The Call of Ezekiel

21 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

Other Translations of Ezekiel 2:1

New International Version

The Call of Ezekiel

21 He said to me, "Son of man,The Hebrew phrase "ben adam" means "human being" . The phrase "son of man" is retained as a form of address here and throughout Ezekiel because of its possible association with "Son of Man" in the New Testament. stand up on your feet and I will speak to you."

English Standard Version

The Call of Ezekiel

21 And he said to me, "Son of man,Or Son of Adam; so throughout Ezekiel stand on your feet, and I will speak with you."

The Message

The Call of Ezekiel

21 It said, "Son of man, stand up. I have something to say to you."

New King James Version

The Call of Ezekiel

21 And He said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you."

New Living Translation

The Call of Ezekiel

21 "Stand up, son of man," said the voice. "I want to speak with you."

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ezekiel 2:1

Commentary on Ezekiel 2:1-5

(Read Ezekiel 2:1-5)

Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the revelations, he is put in mind that still he is a son of man, a weak, mortal creature. As Christ usually called himself the Son of man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's posture showed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture of greater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak to us, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekiel had not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God is graciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. The Holy Spirit sets us upon our feet, by inclining our wills to our duty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, and attend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of life and grace comes with the call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to the children of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt, yet they should know by the event that a prophet had been sent to them. God will be glorified, and his word made honourable, whether it be a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.