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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Ezekiel 7



Verse 1

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 2

son of man. See note on Ezekiel 2:1.

the Lord GOD = Adonai Jehovah. See note on Ezekiel 2:4.

the land of Israel = the soil or ground of Israel. "Ad math Israel, not "eretz, as in the next clause. See note on Ezekiel 11:17.

An end . . . the end . . . the end. The Figure of speech Repetitio for emphasis. Compare verses: Ezekiel 2:3. See App-6.

the land. Hebrew. "eretz.

Verse 4

Mine eye. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

ye shall know, &c. See note on Ezekiel 6:7.

Verse 6

An end . . . the end . . . it watcheth. Figure of speech Paronomasia. App-6. Hebrew. kez . . . hakez, : . . . hekes.

it = she. Note the sudden change of gender, referring to "the morning" of Ezekiel 7:7.

Verse 7

The morning is come = The turn (or circle) hath come round.

sounding again. Occurs only here.

Verse 8

An evil, an only evil. Figure of speech Epizeuxis. App-6.

evil = calamity. Hebrew. raa. App-44.

only = sole. Some codices, with four early printed editions and Aramaean, read "calamity after calamity", reading "ahar (after) instead of "ahad

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

Verse 10

the rod hath blossomed: i.e. Nebuchadnezzar"s sceptre is ready.

pride = insolence, or presumption: i.e. Israel"s sin, which has called for the judgment.

Verse 11

a rod of wickedness: i.e. a rod to punish the wickedness. Genitive of Relation. App-17.

wickedness = lawlessness. Hebrew rasha. App-44. neither shall there be wailing for them. Some codices, with four early printed editions, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "no rest for them".

Verse 13

to that: i.e. to the possession.

although they were yet alive: i.e. at the time of the redemption, when, at the jubilee, the property sold would come back to the seller. Ref to Pentateuch (Lev 25). App-92.

the vision: or, indignation, if chardn is read for chazan, "wrath"; i.e. ? = R for? = D, as in Ezekiel 7:12 and Ezekiel 7:14.

strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life : or, no man by his iniquity shall strengthen his life.

iniquity. Hebrew. avah. App-44.

Verse 14

They have blown. Some codices, with Septuagint, and Vulgate, read "Blow ye".

Verse 15

The sword. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6, for war.

The sword is without. Reference to Pentateuch, (Deuteronomy 32:25).

Verse 16

iniquity. As in Ezekiel 7:13 but here is put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Effect), App-6, for the judgment which was the consequence of it.

Verse 18

baldness. A sign of mourning.

Verse 19

deliver = rescue.

souls = cravings of their animal nature. Hebrew. nepheah. App-13.

Verse 20

it: i.e. His Sanctuary, or His holy city Jerusalem.

and. Some codices, with Syriac and Vulgate, read this "and" in the text = "and their".

Verse 21

strangers = foreigners.

wicked = lawless. Hebrew. rasha", App-44.

pollute = profane.

Verse 23

Make a chain. The sign of captivity, answering to the other sign in Ezekiel 7:11 - ("q").

bloody crimes = crimes of bloodshed i.e. capital crimes.

Verse 24

heathen = nations.

the strong. The Septuagint evidently read `uzzam, instead of `uzzim ("the fierce ones"), Compare Ezekiel 24:21.

holy. See note on Exodus 3:5.

Verse 25

Destruction: or, Cutting off.

Verse 26

Mischiefs = Calamity. Hebrew. chavah.

shall come. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 32:23).

rumour = hearing. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6, for what is heard.

upon = after; but a special reading called Sevir (App-34), reads "upon". This is followed by Authorized Version and Revised Version.

they seek. But in vain. See Ezekiel 7:25.

the law. This was the special province of the priest (Deuteronomy 17:8-13; Deuteronomy 33:10), as the vision was that of the prophet, and counsel that of elders. Compare Jeremiah 18:18.

ancients = elders.

Verse 27

desolation. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), App-6, for rent garments, which were the outward expression of inward grief.

deserts = judgments, Compare Ezekiel 7:23.

they shall know, &c. See note on Ezekiel 6:10,


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ezekiel 7:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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