“They come to you
As people come.
They sit before you
As my people.
They hear your words.
But they will not
Is on their lips.
But their heart
Is set on their own gain.
Like a singer
Of love songs
Like one who has
A beautiful voice.
You play well
On an instrument.
What you say,
But they will not do it.
When this comes!
Come it will!
Then they shall know
That a prophet has been
Yahweh said that the people would come to sit before Ezekiel. They would hear his words, but they would not obey them. Flattery would be on their lips, but their heart would be set on their own material gain. Ezekiel would be like a singer of love songs to them with a beautiful voice and a well-played instrument. They would hear what he said, but they would not do it. When all this happened, they would know that Ezekiel had been a prophet among them.
“Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel
Are smooth lips with an evil heart.
An enemy dissembles in speaking,
While harboring deceit within.
When an enemy speaks graciously,
Do not believe it.
There are seven abominations concealed within.
Their hatred is covered with guile.
Their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Whoever digs a pit
Will fall into it.
A stone will come back
On the one who starts it rolling.
A lying tongue hates its victims.
A flattering mouth works ruin.”
Watch your lips and the smooth lips of your enemies. Watch what they say. Smooth lips with an evil heart are the glaze that makes a glossy vessel shiny. Watch out for the enemy who has deceit in his heart while speaking to you. When an enemy speaks graciously, do not believe them since they are concealing 7 abominations. They cover their hatred with guile, but it will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever starts to dig a pit, will fall into it. If you start to roll a stone, it will come back on you. Lying tongues hate their victims. Flattery will only bring you to ruin.
“They are discomfited.
They answer no more.
They have not a word to say.
Am I to wait?
They do not speak.
They stand there.
They answer no more?
I also will give my answer.
I also will declare my opinion.
I am full of words.
The Spirit within me constrains me.
My heart is like wine that has no vent.
My heart is like new wineskins.
My heart is ready to burst.
I must speak!
Then I may find relief.
I must open my lips and answer!
I will not show partiality to any person.
I will not use flattery toward anyone.
I do not know how to flatter.
My Creator would soon put an end to me!”
These men were dismayed since they had no more answers. How much longer should Elihu wait before he spoke? Elihu wanted to speak and give his opinion since he was full of words. He was so eager to speak. His heart was like wine trying to burst out of wineskins. He had to speak to gain relief. He was not going to show partiality not use flattery since he did not know how to use flattery. If he did use flattery then his creator would put an end to him.