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“Quirky Sayings”Categories: OLD TESTAMENT
What does Ezekiel 16:6 mean? My grandmother always used to read this when someone was bleeding or cut themselves, and the blood wouldn't stop.
That is a rather odd verse for your grandma to quote, but I guess most grandmothers have funny sayings that make us scratch our heads! Ezek 16:6 is part of a discourse from God on how bad Jerusalem had become (Ezek 16:1-2). God metaphorically refers to Jerusalem as if it were a baby that He had found abandoned in a field (Ezek 16:3-5). When no one else loved them, God cleaned them (Ezek 16:9), clothed them (Ezek 16:10-11), and nourished them (Ezek 16:7). After all God had done for the Jewish people, they had turned their back on Him (Ezek 16:15). Ezek 16:6 is the part of the speech that personifies Jerusalem as a baby born and helplessly left in its own blood.