The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 17:2
Son of man, put forth a riddle…
A dark saying, but a smart
one: "whet a whetting" F11, as in the Hebrew; something at first sight
difficult to be understood, yet amusing and entertaining; and, when
solved, very useful and instructive:
and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
or, "concerning the house
of Israel" F12; as the Targum and Syriac version; something relating to
them, and what would aptly describe and represent their case; for the
prophet was bid to take such a method, not to hide things from them,
but rather the more strongly to represent them to them; seeing hereby
their attention would be excited, and things would be more fixed in
their memories, and they would be put upon studying the meaning of
them; and when explained to them, and understood, which was quickly
done, they might be the more affected with them.
F11 (hdyx dwx) , Heb. "acue acumen", Piscator.
F12 (larvy tyb la) "de domo Israelis", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus.