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Ezekiel 24



1Under the parable of a boiling pot,
6is shewn the irrevocable destruction of Jerusalem.
15By the sign of Ezekiel not mourning for the death of his wife,
19is shewn the calamity of the Jews to be beyond all sorrow.

Verse 1
Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
A. M. 3414. B.C. 590. the ninth year. This was the ninth year of Zedekiah, about Thursday, January 30, A.M. 3414, the very day in which Nebuchadnezzar began the siege of Jerusalem
1:2; 8:1; 20:1; 26:1; 29:1,17; 31:1; 32:1,17; 33:21; 40:1; 2 Kings 24:12

Verse 2
Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.
Isaiah 8:1; 30:8,9; Habakkuk 2:2,3
of this
2 Kings 25:1; Jeremiah 39:1; 52:4

Verse 3
And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:
17:2; 19:2-14; 20:49; Psalms 78:2; Micah 2:4; Mark 12:12; Luke 8:10
the rebellious
2:3,6,8; 3:9; 12:2,25; 17:12; Isaiah 1:2; 30:1,9; 63:10; Acts 7:51
6; 11:3; Jeremiah 50:13,14

Verse 4
Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.
22:18-22; Micah 3:2,3; Matthew 7:2

Verse 5
Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.
the choice
20:47; 34:16,17,20; Jeremiah 39:6; 52:10,24-27; Revelation 19:20
or, heap.

Verse 6
Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.
9; 11:6,7; 22:2,6-9,12,27; 23:37-45; 2 Kings 21:16; 24:4; Micah 7:2; Nahum 3:1; Matthew 23:35; Revelation 11:7,8; 17:6; 18:24
to the pot
11-13; Jeremiah 6:29
9:5,6; 11:7-9,11; Joshua 10:22
let no
Joshua 7:16-18; 1 Samuel 14:40-42; 2 Samuel 8:2; Joel 3:3; Obadiah 1:11; Jonah 1:7; Nahum 3:10

Verse 7
For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
her blood
1 Kings 21:19; Isaiah 3:9; Jeremiah 2:34; 6:15
she poured
Leviticus 17:13; Deuteronomy 12:16,24; Job 16:18; Isaiah 26:21

Verse 8
That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.
it might
5:13; 8:17,18; 22:30,31; Deuteronomy 32:21,22; 2 Kings 22:17; 2 Chronicles 34:25; 2 Chronicles 36:16,17; Jeremiah 7:18,20; 15:1-4
I have set
16:37,38; 23:45; Deuteronomy 29:22-28; Jeremiah 22:8,9; Matthew 7:2; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Revelation 17:1-6; 18:5-10,16

Verse 9
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.
6; Nahum 3:1; Habakkuk 2:12; Luke 13:34,35; Revelation 14:20; 16:6,19
I will
22:19-22,31; Isaiah 30:33; 31:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Peter 3:7-12; Jude 1:7; Revelation 21:8

Verse 10
Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.
Jeremiah 17:3; 20:5; Lamentations 1:10; 2:16

Verse 11
Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.
set it
Jeremiah 21:10; 32:29; 37:10; 38:18; 39:8; 52:13
that the filthiness
20:38; 22:15-23; 23:26,27,47,48; 36:25; Isaiah 1:25; 4:4; 27:9; Micah 5:11-14; Zechariah 13:1,2,8,9; Malachi 4:1; Matthew 3:12; 1 Corinthians 3:12,13; The pot was Jerusalem; the flesh, the inhabitants in general: every good piece, the thigh and the shoulder, Zedekiah, his family, and princes; the bones, the soldiers; the fire and water, the calamities they were to suffer; and the setting on of the pot, the commencement of the siege.

Verse 12
She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.
Isaiah 47:13; 57:9,10; Jeremiah 2:13; 9:5; 10:14,15; 51:58; Hosea 12:1; Habakkuk 2:13,18,19
her great
6,13; Genesis 6:5-7; 8:21; Isaiah 1:5; Jeremiah 5:3; 44:16,17; Daniel 9:13,14
her scum
The pot being polluted with the scum, must be heated, melted, and even burned with fire till purified; that is, Jerusalem shall be entirely levelled with the ground, as nothing short of this will purify it from the relics of its idolatrous abominations.

Verse 13
In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.
thy filthiness
11; 23:36-48; 2 Corinthians 7:1
22:24; 2 Chronicles 36:14-16; Isaiah 5:4-6; 9:13-17; Jeremiah 6:28-30; 25:3-7; Jeremiah 31:18; Hosea 7:1,9-16; Amos 4:6-12; Zephaniah 3:2,7; Matthew 23:37,38; Luke 13:7-9; Revelation 22:11
till I
5:13; 8:18; 16:42; Romans 2:8,9

Verse 14
I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.
the Lord
Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Psalms 33:9; Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 23:20; Matthew 24:35
neither will I spare
5:11; 7:4,9; 8:18; 9:10; Jeremiah 13:14
according to thy ways
16:43; 18:30; 22:31; 23:24,29; Isaiah 3:11; Jeremiah 4:18; Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:5,6

Verse 16
Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
the desire
18,21,25; Proverbs 5:19; Song of Solomon 7:10
with a
Job 36:18
21-24; Leviticus 10:2,3; Jeremiah 22:10,18; 1 Thessalonians 4:13
thy tears
Jeremiah 9:1,18; 13:17; Lamentations 2:18
Heb. go.

Verse 17
Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.
Forbear to cry
Heb. Be silent.
Psalms 37:7; *marg:; Psalms 39:9; 46:10; Amos 8:3; Habakkuk 2:20
Jeremiah 16:4-7
23; Leviticus 10:6; 21:10
2 Samuel 15:30
22; Leviticus 13:45; Micah 3:7
Heb. upper lip, and so ver.
Hosea 9:4
the bread of men
Lechem anoshim, not "the bread of mourners," as some render, but "the bread of other men," i.e., such as was commonly sent to mourners on such occasions by their friends.
Jeremiah 16:7

Verse 18
So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
and at
1 Corinthians 7:29,30

Verse 19
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?
12:9; 17:12; 20:49; 21:7; 37:18; Malachi 3:7,8,13

Verse 21
Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.
I will
7:20-22; 9:7; Psalms 74:7; 79:1; Isaiah 65:11; Jeremiah 7:14; Lamentations 1:10; 2:6,7; Daniel 11:31; Acts 6:13,14
the excellency
Psalms 96:6; 105:4; 132:8
the desire
16; Psalms 27:4; 84:1
that which your soul pitieth
Heb. the pity of your soul. your sons.
23:25,47; Jeremiah 6:11; 9:21; 16:3,4

Verse 22
And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.
16,17; Job 27:15; Psalms 78:64; Jeremiah 16:4-7; 47:3; Amos 6:9,10

Verse 23
And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.
4:17; 33:10; Leviticus 26:39
and mourn
Isaiah 59:11

Verse 24
Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
4:3; 12:6,11; Isaiah 8:18; 20:3; Hosea 1:2-9; 3:1-4; Luke 11:29,30
1 Samuel 10:2-7; Jeremiah 17:15; Luke 21:13; John 13:19; 14:29; 16:4
ye shall
6:7; 7:9,27; 17:24; 25:5,7,11,14,17

Verse 25
Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters,
their strength
21; Psalms 48:2; 50:2; 122:1-9; Jeremiah 7:4
that whereupon they set their minds
Heb. the lifting up of their soul. their sons.
Deuteronomy 28:32; Jeremiah 11:22; 52:10

Verse 26
That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?
33:21,22; 1 Samuel 4:12-18; Job 1:15-19

Verse 27
In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
3:26,27; 29:21; 33:22; Exodus 6:11,12; Psalms 51:15; Luke 21:15; Ephesians 6:19
shalt be


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 24:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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