Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ezekiel 13:17 - 23 Question

V. 17 "Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them.

v.18 "And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all the armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?"

V. 19 "And will ye pollute me among my peopole for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?"

V. 20 "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly."

V. 21 "Your kerchiefs also will I tear and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the Lord."

V. 22 "Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:"

V. 23 "Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: andye shall know that I am the Lord."

Okay, I get the gist of this passage. It is a warning to false prophetesses. What I don't get at all is this sewing pillows to armholes. I'm sure I'm not picturing it right, and need to figure out what that custom is. Also the hunting souls to make them fly.. it sounds something like witchcraft to me.

So, I am putting this question out there... What is with the pillows sewn to armholes, and what does it have to do with the souls being hunted and being made to fly? I'm sure it had nothing to do with trying to look like Popeye.

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