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Ezekiel 6

 

 

Introduction
1The judgment of Israel for their idolatry.
8A remnant shall be blessed.
11The faithful are exhorted to lament their abominations and calamities.

Verse 1
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
And the word
This is a new prophecy, and was probably given after the 430 days of his lying on his left and right side were accomplished. By Israel here Judea is simply meant; not the ten tribes, who had long before been carried captive.

Verse 2
Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
set
4:7; 13:17; 20:46; 21:2; 25:2; 38:2,3
the mountains
19:9; 33:28; 34:14; 35:12; 37:22; Joshua 11:21; Micah 6:1,2

Verse 3
And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.
Ye
36:1-4,8; Jeremiah 22:29; Micah 6:2
to the mountains
Jeremiah 2:20; 3:6,23
and I will
Leviticus 26:30; Isaiah 27:9

Verse 4
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
images
or, sun-images. and so.
6; 2 Chronicles 14:5; 34:4; Jeremiah 43:13; *margins
and I
5,13; Leviticus 26:30; 1 Kings 13:2; 2 Kings 23:14,16-20; 2 Chronicles 34:5; Jeremiah 8:1,2

Verse 5
And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
lay
Heb. give.

Verse 6
In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
all your
Isaiah 6:11; Jeremiah 9:19; Zephaniah 3:7
the cities
5:14; Isaiah 24:1-12; 32:13,14; 64:10; Jeremiah 2:15; 9:11; 10:22; 34:22; Micah 3:12; Zephaniah 1:2-6,18; 3:6
and the
16:39; Leviticus 26:30; Jeremiah 17:3; Hosea 10:8
your altars
30:13; Isaiah 2:18,20; 27:9; Hosea 10:2; Micah 1:7; 5:13; Zephaniah 1:3,4; Zechariah 13:2
your works
Psalms 115:8; Isaiah 1:31; Habakkuk 2:18

Verse 7
And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
slain
9:7; Jeremiah 14:18; 18:21; 25:33; Lamentations 2:20,21; 4:9
and ye
13; 7:4,9; 11:10,12; 12:15; 13:9,14,21,23; 14:8; 15:7; 20:38,42,44; 23:49; 24:24,27; 25:17; 26:6; 28:23; 30:26; 35:15; 38:23; Exodus 7:5; Exodus 14:4,18; 2 Kings 19:19; Psalms 83:17,18; Daniel 4:35-37; 6:26,27

Verse 8
Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.
5:2,12; 12:16; 14:22; Isaiah 6:13; 27:7,8; Jeremiah 30:11; 44:14,28; 46:28; Romans 9:27; 11:5,6

Verse 9
And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
remember
Leviticus 26:40,41; Deuteronomy 4:29-31; 30:1-3; Psalms 137:1; Jeremiah 51:50; Daniel 9:2,3; Zechariah 10:9
I am
5:13; 16:43; Psalms 78:40; 78:40; Isaiah 7:13; 43:24; 63:10; Jeremiah 3:6,13; Amos 2:13
their eyes
14:4-7; 20:7,24,28; 23:14-16; Numbers 15:39; 2 Kings 16:10; 2 Peter 2:14
they shall
They shall humble themselves on account of their abominations, forsake their idolatry, and worship ME alone: and this they have done from the Babylonish captivity to the present day.
7:16; 12:16; 16:63; 20:43; 36:31,32; Leviticus 26:39; Job 42:6; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 30:18,19

Verse 10
And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.
7; 14:22,23; Jeremiah 5:12-14; 44:28; Daniel 9:12; Zechariah 1:6

Verse 11
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Smite
21:14-17; Numbers 24:10; Isaiah 58:1; Jeremiah 9:1,10
Alas
9:4; Jeremiah 30:7; Joel 1:15; Amos 5:16; Revelation 18:10,16-19
fall
5:12; 14:21; Jeremiah 15:2,3; 16:4; 24:10

Verse 12
He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.
far off
Daniel 9:7
thus
5:13; Isaiah 40:2; Lamentations 4:11,22

Verse 13
Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.
when
4-7; Isaiah 37:20,36-38
upon
20:28; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:4; Isaiah 1:29; 57:5-7; 65:3,4; 66:17; Jeremiah 2:20; 3:6; Hosea 4:13

Verse 14
So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
will I
16:27; 20:33,34; Isaiah 5:25; 9:12,17,21; 10:4; 26:11
more desolate than the wilderness
or, desolate from the wilderness. Diblath.
Numbers 33:46
Almon-diblathaim
Jeremiah 48:22
Beth-diblathaim
Diblath was a city of Moab and appears from parallel passages to have been situated between Dibon and Abarim or Nebo.

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 6:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezekiel-6.html.

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