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Ezekiel 12

 

 

Introduction
1Under the type of Ezekiels's removing,
8is shewn the captivity of Zedekiah.
17Ezekiel's trembling shews the Jews' desolation.
21The Jews' presumptuous proverb is reproved.
26The speediness of the vision.

Verse 2
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
thou
2:3,6-8; 3:9,26,27; 17:12; 24:3; 44:6; Deuteronomy 9:7,24; 31:27; Psalms 78:40; Isaiah 1:23; 30:1,9; 65:2; Jeremiah 4:17; 5:23; 9:1-6; Daniel 9:5-9; Acts 7:51,52
which
Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 6:9,10; 29:9-12; 42:19,20; Jeremiah 5:21; Matthew 13:13,14; Mark 4:12; 8:17,18; Luke 8:10; John 9:39-41; 12:40; Acts 28:26,27; Romans 11:7,8; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 4:3,4; Ephesians 4:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:10,11
for
2:5

Verse 3
Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.
prepare
10-12; 4:1-17; Jeremiah 13:1-11; 18:2-12; 19:1-15; 27:2
stuff
or, instruments. By stuff our translators meant furniture or goods, as the word frequently denotes in our early writers; but the original, keley, has not only this sense (as in ver. 4,) but is also used for any kind of utensils or instruments whatever; and here probably denotes carriages, or other means for removing goods. This was intended to signify that the captivity was at hand.
it may
33:11; Deuteronomy 5:29; 32:29; Psalms 81:13; Jeremiah 18:11; 25:4-7; 26:3; 36:3,7; Luke 13:8,9,34; 20:13; 2 Timothy 2:25

Verse 4
Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
at even
12; 2 Kings 25:4; Jeremiah 39:4; 52:7
they that go forth into
Heb. the goings forth of.

Verse 5
Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.
Dig thou
Heb. Dig for thee. This was to shew that Zedekiah should escape from the city through a breach in the wall.
2 Kings 25:4; Jeremiah 39:2-4

Verse 6
In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.
thou shalt
This intimated that Zedekiah should steal out of the city in the twilight, carrying on his shoulders some of his property, with his head covered, not only as in distress but to escape detection. These prophecies, which were accurately fulfilled, are supposed to have been delivered in the sixth year of Zedekiah, five years before the taking of Jerusalem.
cover
1 Samuel 28:8; 2 Samuel 15:30; Job 24:17
for I
11; 4:3; 24:24; Isaiah 8:18; 20:2-4

Verse 7
And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.
I did so
2:8; 24:18; 37:7,10; Jeremiah 32:8-12; Matthew 21:6,7; Mark 14:16; John 2:5-8; John 15:14; Acts 26:19
I brought
digged
Heb. digged for me.

Verse 9
Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
the rebellious
1-3; 2:5-8
What
17:12; 20:49; 24:19

Verse 10
Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.
This
2 Kings 9:25; Isaiah 13:1; 14:28; Malachi 1:1
prince
That is, Zedekiah king of Judah.
7:27; 17:13-21; 21:25-27; Jeremiah 21:7; 24:8; 38:18

Verse 11
Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.
I am
remove and go
Heb. by removing go.
Jeremiah 15:2; 52:15,28-30

Verse 12
And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.
6; 2 Kings 25:4; Jeremiah 39:4; 42:7

Verse 13
My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
My net
This was to intimate, that though he escaped out of the city, the Chaldeans should overtake him, and carry him to Babylon. Jeremiah had predicted that his "eyes should see the eyes of the king of Babylon," and here Ezekiel foretold that he should not see Babylon, though he should die there; and Josephus says that he thought the two prophecies so inconsistent with each other, that he believed neither; yet both were exactly fulfilled, and the enigma of Ezekiel explained, when Zedekiah was brought to Nebuchadnezzar at Riblah, where he had his eyes put out, and was then carried to Babylon, and there died.
17:16,20; 19:8,9; 32:3; Job 19:6; Psalms 11:6; Isaiah 24:17,18; Jeremiah 50:24; Lamentations 1:13; 3:47; 4:19,20; Hosea 7:12; Luke 21:35
and I
2 Kings 25:5-7; Jeremiah 34:3; 39:7; 52:8-11

Verse 14
And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.
I will scatter
5:10-12; 17:21; 2 Kings 25:4,5
I will draw
5:2,12; 14:17,21; Leviticus 26:33; Jeremiah 42:16,22

Verse 15
And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.
16,20; 5:13; 6:7,14; 7:4; 11:10; 24:27; 25:11; 26:6; 28:26; 33:33; 39:28; Ezekiel 14:18; Psalms 9:16

Verse 16
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
I will
6:8-10; 14:22,23; Isaiah 1:9; 6:13; 10:22; 24:13; Jeremiah 4:27; 30:11; Amos 9:8,9; Matthew 7:14; 24:22; Romans 11:4,5
a few men
Heb. men of number.
Genesis 13:16; Isaiah 10:19; Romans 9:27
that they
14:22,23; 36:31; Leviticus 26:40,41; Jeremiah 3:24,25; Daniel 9:5-12
and they
Deuteronomy 29:24-28; 1 Kings 9:6-9; Jeremiah 22:8,9

Verse 18
Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;
4:16,17; 23:33; Leviticus 26:26,36; Deuteronomy 28:48,65; Job 3:24; Psalms 60:2,3; Psalms 80:5; 102:4-9

Verse 19
And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.
with carefulness
1 Kings 17:10-12
that her
6:6,7,14; 36:3; Isaiah 6:11; Jeremiah 4:27; 9:10,11; 10:22; 18:16; 32:28; Jeremiah 33:10,12; Micah 7:13; Zechariah 7:14
all that is therein
Heb. the fulness thereof.
Psalms 24:1; 1 Corinthians 10:26,28
because
7:23; Genesis 6:11-13; Psalms 107:34; Jeremiah 6:7; Micah 3:10-12

Verse 20
And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
15:6,8; Isaiah 3:26; 7:23,24; 24:3,12; 64:10,11; Jeremiah 4:7,23-29; Jeremiah 12:10-12; 16:9; 19:11; 24:8-10; 25:9; 34:22; Lamentations 5:18; Daniel 9:17

Verse 22
Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
what
18:2,3; Jeremiah 23:33-40
The days
27; 11:3; Isaiah 5:19; Jeremiah 5:12,13; Amos 6:3; 2 Peter 3:3,4

Verse 23
Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.
I will
18:3; Isaiah 28:22
The days
25; 7:2,5-7,10-12; Joel 2:1; Zephaniah 1:14; Malachi 4:1; Matthew 24:34; James 5:8,9

Verse 24
For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.
13:23; 1 Kings 22:11-13,17; Proverbs 26:28; Jeremiah 14:13-16; 23:14-29; Lamentations 2:14; Zechariah 13:2-4; Romans 16:18; 1 Thessalonians 2:5; 2 Peter 2:2,3

Verse 25
For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
I will
28; 6:10; Numbers 14:28-34; Isaiah 14:24; 55:11; Lamentations 2:17; Daniel 9:12; Zechariah 1:6; Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:13,33
in your
Jeremiah 16:9; Habakkuk 1:5; Mark 13:30,31
O rebellious
1,2

Verse 27
Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
for
22; Isaiah 28:14,15; Daniel 10:14; 2 Peter 3:4

Verse 28
Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.
There shall
23-25; Jeremiah 4:7; 44:28; Matthew 24:48-51; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3; Revelation 3:3

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 12:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezekiel-12.html.

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