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Ezekiel 21



1Ezekiel prophesies against Jerusalem with a sign of sighing.
8The sharp and bright sword;
18against Jerusalem;
25against the kingdom;
28and against the Ammonites.

Verse 2
Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,
4:3,7; 20:46; 25:2; 28:21; 29:2; 38:2; Ephesians 6:19
and drop
Deuteronomy 32:2; Amos 7:16; Micah 2:6,11; *marg:
4:7; 6:2; 20:46; 36:1; Jeremiah 26:11,12; Acts 6:13,14

Verse 3
And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
5:8; 26:3; Jeremiah 21:13; 50:31; 51:25; Nahum 2:13; 3:5
will draw
9-11,19; 5:12; 14:17,21; Exodus 15:9; Leviticus 26:25,33; Deuteronomy 32:41,42; Psalms 17:13; Isaiah 10:5; 34:5; Jeremiah 47:6,7; 51:20; Zephaniah 2:12; Zechariah 13:7
the righteous
9:5,6; Job 9:22; Ecclesiastes 9:2; Jeremiah 15:2-4

Verse 4
Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
6:11-14; 7:2; 20:47

Verse 5
That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
20:48; Numbers 14:21-23; Deuteronomy 29:24-28; 1 Kings 9:7-9
it shall
30; 1 Samuel 3:12; Isaiah 45:23; 55:11; Jeremiah 23:20; Nahum 1:9

Verse 6
Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
12; 6:11; 9:4; Isaiah 22:4; Jeremiah 4:19; 9:17-21; John 11:33-35
with the
Isaiah 16:11; 21:3; Jeremiah 30:6; Daniel 5:6; 8:27; Nahum 2:10; Habakkuk 3:16
4:12; 12:3-5; 37:20; Jeremiah 19:10

Verse 7
And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.
12:9-11; 20:49; 24:19
For the
7:26; 2 Kings 21:12; Isaiah 7:2; 28:19; Jeremiah 6:22-24; 49:23
and every
Exodus 15:15; Deuteronomy 20:8; *marg:; Joshua 2:9-11; 5:1; 2 Samuel 17:10; Nahum 2:10
all hands
Job 4:3,4; Isaiah 35:3; Jeremiah 50:43; Luke 21:26; Hebrews 12:12
Leviticus 26:36; Isaiah 13:7; Jeremiah 8:18; Lamentations 5:17
weak as water
Heb. go into water.
7:17; *marg:
it cometh
7:2-12; 12:22-28; 1 Peter 4:7

Verse 9
Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
A sword
3,15,28; Deuteronomy 32:41,42; Job 20:25; Isaiah 66:16; Jeremiah 12:12; 15:2; Amos 9:4
Psalms 7:11-13; Isaiah 27:1; 34:5,6

Verse 10
It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
it is furbished
Jeremiah 46:4; Nahum 3:3; Habakkuk 3:11
Esther 3:15; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Isaiah 5:12-14; 22:12-14; Amos 6:3-7; Nahum 1:10; Luke 21:34,35
it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree
or, it is the rod of my son, it despiseth every tree.
25-27; 19:11-14; 20:47; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalms 2:7-9; 89:26-32,38-45; 110:5,6; Revelation 2:27

Verse 11
And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
to give
19; Jeremiah 25:9,33; 51:20-23

Verse 12
Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.
6; 9:8; 30:2; Jeremiah 25:34; Joel 1:13; Micah 1:8
terrors by reason of the shall be upon my
or, they are thrust down to the sword with my. smite. This was an expression of deep affliction.
14; 6:11; Jeremiah 31:12

Verse 13
Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.
Because, etc
or, When the trial hath been, what then? shall they not also belong to the despising rod? a trial.
Job 9:23; 2 Corinthians 8:2
it shall

Verse 14
Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers.
17; 6:11; Numbers 24:10
hands together
Heb. hand to hand. let the.
Leviticus 26:21,24; 2 Kings 24:1,10-16; 25:1-7; Daniel 3:19
8:12; 1 Kings 20:30; 22:25; Amos 9:2

Verse 15
I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.
or, glittering, or fear. against.
22; 15:7; Jeremiah 17:27
that their
7; 20:47
it is made
wrapped up
or, sharpened.

Verse 16
Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
4,20; 14:17; 16:46
Genesis 13:9
or on the left
Heb. set thyself, take the left hand.

Verse 17
I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the LORD have said it.
14; 22:13; Numbers 24:10
and I
5:13; 16:42; Deuteronomy 28:63; Isaiah 1:24; Zechariah 6:8

Verse 19
Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city.
4:1-3; 5:1-17; Jeremiah 1:10

Verse 20
Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.
25:5; Deuteronomy 3:11; 2 Samuel 12:26; Jeremiah 49:2; Amos 1:14
the defenced.
2 Samuel 5:9; 2 Chronicles 26:9; 32:5; 33:14; Psalms 48:12,13; 125:1,2; Isaiah 22:10; Lamentations 4:12

Verse 21
For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.
the king
Proverbs 16:33; 21:1
Heb. mother. to use.
Numbers 23:28; Deuteronomy 18:10; 1 Samuel 15:23; Proverbs 16:10; Acts 16:16
he made
Or, as the Vulgate, "he mingled his arrows:" "They wrote on several arrows," says Jerome, "the names of the cities they intended to assault; and then putting them altogether promiscuously in a quiver, they drew then out thence as lots are drawn; and that city whose name was written on the arrow first drawn, was the city they first made war on."
or, knives. images. Heb. teraphim.
Genesis 31:19,30; Judges 17:5; 18:14,18,20,24; 2 Kings 23:24; Hosea 3:4; 4:12; Zechariah 10:2

Verse 22
At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort.
or battering rams. Heb. rams.
to lift
Exodus 32:17,18; Joshua 6:10,20; 1 Samuel 17:20; Job 39:25; Jeremiah 51:14
to appoint
4:2; Jeremiah 32:24; 33:4; 52:4

Verse 23
And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.
as a
11:3; 12:22; Isaiah 28:14,15
to them that have sworn oaths
or, for the oaths made unto them.
17:13-19; 2 Chronicles 36:13
2 Kings 24:20; 25:1-7; Jeremiah 52:3-11
24; 29:16; Numbers 5:15; 1 Kings 17:18; Revelation 16:19

Verse 24
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand.
your transgressions
16:16-22; 22:3-12,24-31; 23:5-21; 24:7; Isaiah 3:9; Jeremiah 2:34; 3:2; Jeremiah 5:27,28; 6:15; 8:12; 9:2-7; Hosea 4:2; Micah 3:10-12
ye shall
Isaiah 22:17,18; Jeremiah 15:2; Amos 9:1-3

Verse 25
And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,
17:19; 2 Chronicles 36:13; Jeremiah 24:8; 52:2
29; 7:6; 30:3; 35:5; Psalms 7:9; 9:5,6; Jeremiah 51:13

Verse 26
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.
12:12,13; 16:12; 2 Kings 25:6,27; Jeremiah 13:18; 39:6,7; 52:9-11,31-34; Lamentations 5:16
17:24; 1 Samuel 2:7,8; Psalms 75:7; 113:7,8; Luke 1:52

Verse 27
I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.
I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it
Heb. Perverted, perverted, perverted, will I make it.
Haggai 2:21,22; Hebrews 12:26,27
13; 17:22,23; 34:23; 37:24,25; Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:19; Psalms 2:6; 72:7-10; Isaiah 9:6,7; Jeremiah 23:5,6; 30:21; 33:15,16,21,26; Daniel 2:44; 9:25; Hosea 3:5; Amos 9:11,12; Micah 5:2; Haggai 2:7; Zechariah 6:12,13; 9:9; Malachi 3:1; 4:2; Matthew 28:18; Luke 1:32,69; 2:11; John 1:4,9; Ephesians 1:20-22; Philippians 2:9,10; 1 Peter 3:22; Revelation 19:11-16

Verse 28
And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering:
concerning the
20; 25:2-7; Jeremiah 49:1-5; Amos 1:13-15; Zephaniah 2:8-10
The sword

Verse 29
Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end.
they see
12:24; 13:23; 22:28; Isaiah 44:25; 47:13; Jeremiah 27:9
to bring
13:10; Lamentations 2:14
25; Job 18:20; Psalms 37:13

Verse 30
Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.
Shall I cause it to return
or, Cause it to return.
4,5; Jeremiah 47:6,7
I will
16:38; 28:13,15; Genesis 15:14
in the

Verse 31
And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy.
7:8; 14:19; 22:22; Nahum 1:6
I will blow
22:20,21; Psalms 18:15; Isaiah 30:33; 37:7; 40:7; Haggai 1:9
or, burning. and skilful.
Isaiah 14:4-6; Jeremiah 4:7; 6:22,23; 51:20,21; Habakkuk 1:6-10

Verse 32
Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.
for fuel
20:47,48; Malachi 4:1; Matthew 3:10,12
thy blood
30; Isaiah 34:3-7
thou shalt be no
This prophecy against the Ammonites was fulfilled about five years after the taking of Jerusalem; and their name has utterly perished from the face of the earth.
25:10; Zephaniah 2:9
for I
Numbers 23:19; Matthew 24:35


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 21:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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