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Ezekiel 16:50

"Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

As I saw good - Or, “as soon as I saw it.” Omit “good.” God saw and punished. Compare Genesis 18:21.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "Barnes' Notes on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ezekiel-16.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they were haughty,.... Sodom and her daughters, the inhabitants of that place, and the cities adjacent; they lifted up themselves above God and man; they were above regarding the poor and needy; and were elated and swelled with their plenty and prosperity, and behaved very insolently, both to fellow citizens and strangers; see Genesis 19:4;

and committed abomination before me; perhaps referring to that sin, which has its name from them; a sin abominable to God, and scandalous to human nature; and which they committed openly and publicly, neither fearing God, nor regarding men; and are said to be sinners before the Lord, Genesis 13:13;

therefore I took them away as I saw good; both as to time and manner, as he in his sovereignty thought most fit and proper, by raining fire and brimstone on them, and setting them forth as an example of the vengeance of eternal fire: or, "when I saw"F3כאשר ראיתי "cum vidi", Cocceius; so some in Vatablus; "postea quam", Tigurine version, Piscator, Starckius. ; their sin and wickedness, as soon as he saw it; see Genesis 18:20. The Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions render it, "as thou sawest", or "hast seen"; appealing to the Jews themselves, who were very well acquainted with the fact; for the destruction of Sodom was notorious and flagrant.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezekiel-16.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

haughty — puffed up with prosperity.

abomination before me — “sinners before the Lord” (Genesis 13:13); said of those whose sin is so heinous as to cry out to God for immediate judgments; presumptuous sins, daring God to the face (Genesis 18:20; Genesis 19:5).

I took them away — (Genesis 19:24).

as I saw good — rather, “according to what I saw”; referring to Genesis 18:21, where God says, “I will go down, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it which is come unto Me.”


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/ezekiel-16.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

We must diligently attend to this passage; for God does not here excuse the wickedness of Sodom; but, abominable as that people was, he says that the Jews were yet more abandoned. We know why God inflicted his vengeance in a terrible manner against the Sodomites and their neighbors, for that was a fearful example; and Judea says that it was a kind of mirror of the wrath of God which awaits all the impious, (Jude 1:7;) and Scripture often recalls us to that proof of God’s judgement: but we must see how Sodom rushed forward to that degree of licentiousness so as to be horrified by no enormity. God says that they began by pride, and surely pride is the mother of all contempt of God and of all cruelty. Let us learn, then, that we cannot be restrained by the fear of God, unless moderation and humility reign within us. Pride, we know, has two horns, so to speak; one is, when men forget their own condition, and claim to themselves not only more than is right, but what God alone calls his own. This, then, is one horn of pride, when men, trusting in their dignity, excellence, plenty, and wealth, are intoxicated by false imaginations, so as to think themselves equal to God. Now, another horn of pride is, when they do not acknowledge their vices, and despise others in comparison with themselves, and please themselves in enormities, just as if they were free from any future account. Since, therefore, pride is contained in these two clauses, when men arrogate too much to themselves, and thus are blind to their own vices, each of these is doubtless condemned in the Sodomites, since they first raised themselves by a rash confidence, and then refused to subject themselves to God, and rebelled against him as if they could shake off his yoke.

He afterwards adds fullness of bread. But the Prophet seems to condemn in the Sodomites what was not blamable in itself: for when God feeds us bountifully, fullness is not to be considered a crime; but he takes it here for immoderate gluttony; for those who have abundance are often luxurious, and nothing is more rare than self-restraint when materials for luxury are supplied to us. Hence fullness of bread is here taken for intemperance, since the Sodomites were so addicted to gluttony and drunkenness, that they gratified their appetites worse than the brutes, who do retain some moderation, for they are content with their own food: but men’s covetousness is altogether insatiable. Let us observe, then, that by fullness of bread we are to understand that intemperance in which profane men indulge when God supplies them bountifully with the means of living; for they do not consider why they abound in wine, and corn, and abundance of all things, but they drown themselves in luxuries with a blind and brutal impulse. Hence such greediness, so inflaming to the spirits of the Sodomites, is added to pride, that they arrogate to themselves more than is just. He afterwards adds, and rest; תולש, sheloth: some translate it abundance, but almost everywhere it means peace; the noun טקש, sheket, which is added next, means properly rest; so that it will be the peace of rest or ease, and this seems without blame: for why shall we not be permitted to enjoy ease, if no one molests or troubles us? nay, it is reckoned among God’s blessings: you shall sleep, and no one shall frighten thee. (Leviticus 26:6.) Since God, therefore, wishes this to be considered among his blessings, that the faithful should sleep soundly, without any anxiety or trouble, why is Sodom condemned for thus enjoying ease and peace? But here its excess is pointed out, not its true use, since the use of peace is to render our minds tranquil, that we may return thanks to God, and dwell calmly under his sway. But how do the reprobate act? They grow brutish, so to speak, in their own peacefulness. Hence sloth is in this passage meant by the peacefulness of ease, and God means that the Sodomites were intoxicated by their luxuries when they enjoyed peace. We must put off the remainder.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/ezekiel-16.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezekiel 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].

Ver. 50. And they were haughty.] This sin of theirs is once more instanced as the root of the rest, the hate of heaven, and gate to hell.

And committed abomination before me.] That unnatural filthiness which taketh its name from them. This in the Levant is not held a vice, and in Mexico it is one of the Spanish virtues.

Therefore I took them away as I saw good,] sc., By raining down hell from heaven upon them. Hereby also God gave men an example of that rule, that heinous sins bring hideous plagues, as Herodotus also saith of the fall of Troy.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezekiel-16.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Haughty; insufferably arrogant in their deportment towards good men, they vexed the soul of righteous Lot; and towards the angels, whom they assaulted in Lot’s house; and towards God himself, as both in this verse, and in Genesis 13:13.

Committed; worked, as if it were their trade.

Abomination; the whole of these men’s life was as one continued act of the highest wickedness.

Before me; either against God, or openly and publicly, as Isaiah 3:9.

I took them away; destroyed their state, cities, people, and country, turned them into a lake of dead and deadly water, or rather bitumen and sulphur.

As I saw good; in a way none could have suspected, and, for aught I know, none ever saw before or since. If you inquire how Jerusalem’s sins were greater than Sodom’s, I would answer, if not in the things done, yet in the aggravating circumstances of them; against redeeming mercy, against the law of God, which forbade what they did, and told them what they should do, against admonitions by the mouth of prophets, and against examples of God’s vengeance on Sodom and the cities of the plain.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ezekiel-16.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Seen. This would seem to allude to the Israelites beyond the Jordan, who had been led away into Assyria. The Moabites, &c., beheld the downfall of Jerusalem, (Haydock) and were treated in like manner, only five years later. (Jos.[Josephus?]) (Jeremias xlviii., &c.)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/ezekiel-16.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

as I saw good. Some codices read "when I saw it", with margin "as thou sawest". Better to omit "good". Compare Genesis 18:21.

as = according to what.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ezekiel-16.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

They were haughty - puffed up with prosperity.

And committed, abomination before me. Compare the phrase "sinners before the Lord exceedingly" (Genesis 13:13); said of those whose sin is so heinous as to cry out to God for immediate judgments; presumptuous sins, daring God to the face (Genesis 18:20; Genesis 19:5).

I took them away - with "brimstone and fire from the Lord" (Genesis 19:24).

As I saw good - rather, 'according to what I saw;' referring to Genesis 18:21, where God says, "I will go down, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it which is come unto me."


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/ezekiel-16.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(50) As I saw good.—The word good is not in the original, and should be omitted, and the particle translated when: “Therefore I took them away when I saw this.” Punishment followed upon the manifestation of their sin. (Comp. Genesis 18:21.)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ezekiel-16.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
and committed
Genesis 13:13; 18:20; 19:5; Leviticus 18:22; Deuteronomy 23:17; 2 Kings 23:7; Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 18:12; Romans 1:26,27; Jude 1:7
therefore
Genesis 19:24; Deuteronomy 29:23; Job 18:15; Isaiah 13:19; Jeremiah 20:16; 49:18; 50:40; Lamentations 4:6; Amos 4:11; Zephaniah 2:9; 2 Peter 2:6; Revelation 18:9

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 16:50". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezekiel-16.html.


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