Biblical Hebrew

Ezekiel

   
יְחֶזְקֵאל
 "God will strengthen"

The verb  חָזַק  means, "to grow firm, strong; to strengthen."  

אֵל   is the short form of  אֱלֹהִים                        



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Introduction

The Book of Ezekiel is the third of the Latter Prophets in the Tanakh and one of the major prophetic books in the Old Testament, following Isaiah and Jeremiah

According to the book itself, it records six visions of the prophet Ezekiel

exiled in Babylon, during the 22 years from 593 to 571 BC, 

although it is the product of a long and complex history and does not necessarily preserve the very words of the prophet.

Its themes include the concepts of the presence of God, purity, 

Israel as a divine community, and individual responsibility to God. 


Content
The visions, and the book, are structured around three themes: 
1. Judgment on Israel (chapters 1–24); 
2. Judgment on the nations (chapters 25–32); and 
3. Future blessings for Israel (chapters 33–48). 

Author
The Book of Ezekiel describes itself as the words of the Ezekiel ben-Buzi, 
a priest living in exile in the city of Babylon between 593 and 571 BC. 
Most scholars today accept the basic authenticity of the book, 
but see in it significant additions by a "school" of later followers of the original prophet. 
According to Jewish tradition, the Men of the Great Assembly wrote the Book of Ezekiel, based on the prophet's words.

The rest of this comprehensive Wikipedia article on the book can be read here.
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Ezekiel 1:3a
(An extract from BHFA Volume 5.)

 
     הָיֹה     הָיָה       דְבַר          יְהוָה     אֶל־   יְחֶזְקֵאל              
                 Israel       unto     Yahweh      the word of      it was     indeed


KJB      The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel
NASB   the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel
ESV      the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel
NLT      The LORD gave this message to Ezekiel
NIV      the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel


This construction consists of the qal infinitive absolute followed by the qal perf. 3ms of the verb meaning, "to be." 
The infinitive absolute has an emphatic function. In order to emphasize the certainty of the verbal meaning, the infinitive absolute will immediately precede a perf. or impf. verb of the same root. 
The English translation will often require the use of adverbs such as, 
"surely,"  "certainly," and "indeed."

The KJB got it right: "The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel."

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Ezekiel 39:2a
(An extract from BHFA Volume 5.)

 
     וְשֹׁבַבְתִּיךָ              וְשִׁשֵּׁאתִיךָ                           
                          and I will lead you on     I will turn you around


KJB      And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee,
NASB   and I will turn you around, lead you on a rope
ESV      And I will turn you about and drive you forward,
NLT      I will turn you around and drive you
NIV      I will turn you around and drag you along.
YLT     And have turned thee back, and enticed thee,


The first word in the Hebrew does not present any problems. 
It is the second word that is problematic. 
This word is a hapax legomenon: a word that appears only once in the Hebrew Bible, and therefore we do not know for sure what it means.
In BHS it is accompanied by a footnote.


וְשִׁשֵּׁאתִיךָ
Waw consecutive + Pi'el perf. 1cs + suffix 2ms of the root  שׁשּא 
apparently meaning, "to lead on," or "to annihilate," or "leave by the sixth part." The latter translation is confusing it with שָׁסָה  which means, "to plunder, spoil."


The footnote mentions that a Targum has the form  וְהִשֵּׁאתִיךָ
which is the hiph'il perf. 1cs of the root  נשׁא  meaning, 
"and I will beguile (deceive) you." 
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