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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Ezekiel 22

 

 

Verse 1

The fourth word of judgment Ezekiel 22:1-16. The sins which have brought ruin upon Jerusalem are the sins which disgraced the pagan inhabitants of Canaan, whom the Israelites were to cast out (compare Leviticus 18). The commission of like sins would insure like judgment.


Verse 4

Thy days, - i. e., of judgment; “thy years,” i. e., of visitation (compare Ezekiel 20:25, Ezekiel 20:39).

A reproach … a mocking - Judah shall be like the Ammonites Ezekiel 21:28.


Verse 5

i. e., Countries near and afar oft shall mock thee, saying, “Ah! defiled in name; Ah! full of turbulence!”


Verse 6

Render it: Behold the princes of Israel, each according to his might (literally “arm”) have been in thee in order to shed blood. They looked to might not right.


Verse 10

Set apart for pollution - Or, “unclean by reason of impurity” Leviticus 12:2.


Verse 16

Thou shalt take … - Better as in the margin. Thou shalt by thine own fault forfeit the privileges of a holy nation.


Verses 17-22

The fifth word of judgment. The furnace. In the besieged city the people shall be tried and purged.

Ezekiel 22:18

Dross - A frequent metaphor which denotes not only the corruption of the people, who have become like base metal, but also a future purification whereby, the “dross” being burned away, the remnant of good may appear.


Verses 23-31

The sixth word of judgment. The special sins of princes, priests, and people.

Ezekiel 22:26

Violated - Better as in margin; to offer “violence” to the Law is to misinterpret it. It was the special office of the priests to keep up the distinction between “holy” and “unholy,” “clean” and “unclean” Leviticus 10:10.

Ezekiel 22:28

See the marginal reference note.

Ezekiel 22:30

The land might be said to perish for the lack of such interpositions as saved their forefathers when Moses “stood in the gap.” This was a proof of the general corruption, that there was not in the city sufficient righteousness to save it from utter destruction. Prince, prophet, priest, all fail.

 


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ezekiel 22:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ezekiel-22.html. 1870.

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