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Ezekiel 9



1A vision, whereby is shewn the preservation of some;
5and the destruction of the rest.
8God cannot be intreated for them.

Verse 1
He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
43:6,7; Isaiah 6:8; Amos 3:7,8; Revelation 1:10,11; 14:7
Exodus 12:23; 2 Kings 10:24; 1 Chronicles 21:15; Isaiah 10:6,7

Verse 2
And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
Jeremiah 1:15; 5:15-17; 8:16,17; 25:9
the higher
2 Kings 15:35; 2 Chronicles 27:3; Jeremiah 26:10
Heb. is turned. slaughter weapon. Heb. weapon of his breaking in pieces. and one.
10:2,6,7; Leviticus 16:4; Revelation 15:6
Keseth, (in Chaldee, kista, Syriac, kesto, Ethiopic, kasut,) denotes a bottle, or vessel to hold any fluid; and being here united to sophair, a writer, is not improperly rendered as an ink-horn: so one of the editions of Aquila, [melandocheion] and Vulgate, atramentarium. Dr. Shaw informs us, that among the Moors, "the Hojas, i.e., writers or secretaries, suspend their ink-horns in their girdles."
by his side
Heb. upon his loins. beside.
Exodus 27:1-7; 40:29; 2 Chronicles 4:1

Verse 3
And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;
3:23; 8:4; 10:4; 11:22,23; 43:2-4

Verse 4
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
set a mark
Heb. mark a mark.
Exodus 12:7,13; Malachi 3:16; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Timothy 2:19; Revelation 7:2,3; 9:4; Revelation 13:6,7; 14:1; 20:4
that sigh
6:11; 2 Kings 22:13,19,20; Psalms 119:53,136; Isaiah 57:15; Jeremiah 13:17; 2 Corinthians 12:21; 2 Peter 2:8,9

Verse 5
And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
Heb. ears.
1 Samuel 9:15; Isaiah 5:9; 22:14
10; 5:11; 7:4,9; 8:18; 24:14; Exodus 32:27; Numbers 25:7,8; Deuteronomy 32:39-42; 1 Kings 18:40

Verse 6
Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
Heb. to destruction. old.
Numbers 31:15-17; Deuteronomy 2:34; 3:6; Joshua 6:17-21; 1 Samuel 15:3; 2 Chronicles 36:17
Exodus 12:23; Joshua 2:18,19; 6:22-25; 2 Timothy 2:19; Revelation 7:3; 9:4; 14:4
and begin
8:5-16; Jeremiah 25:29; Amos 3:2; Luke 12:47; 1 Peter 4:17,18
at the
8:11,16; 11:1

Verse 7
And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.
7:20-22; 2 Chronicles 36:17; Psalms 79:1-3; Lamentations 2:4-7; Luke 13:1

Verse 8
And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?
that I
Numbers 14:5; 16:4,21,22,45; Deuteronomy 9:18; Joshua 7:6; 1 Chronicles 21:16; Ezra 9:5
4:14; 11:13; Genesis 18:23; Jeremiah 4:10; 14:13,19; Amos 7:2-5

Verse 9
Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.
The iniquity
7:23; 22:2-12,25-31; Deuteronomy 31:29; 32:5,15-22; 2 Kings 17:7-23; 2 Chronicles 36:14-16; Isaiah 1:4; 59:2-8,12-15; Jeremiah 5:1-9; 7:8,9; Micah 3:9-12; Zephaniah 3:1-4
and the land
8:17; 2 Kings 21:16; 24:4; Jeremiah 2:34; 22:17; Lamentations 4:13,14; Matthew 23:35-37; Luke 11:50
full of
Heb. filled with. perverseness. or, wresting of judgment.
22:27-29; Micah 3:1-3; 7:3,4
The Lord hath
8:12; Job 22:13; Psalms 10:11; 94:7; Isaiah 29:15

Verse 10
And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.
5; 5:11; 7:4; 8:18; 21:31,32
7:8,9; 11:21; 22:31; Deuteronomy 32:41; 2 Chronicles 6:23; Isaiah 65:6; Hosea 9:7; Joel 3:4; Hebrews 10:30

Verse 11
And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.
reported the matter
Heb. returned the word. I have.
Psalms 103:20; Isaiah 46:10,11; Zechariah 1:10,11; 6:7,8; Revelation 16:2,17


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 9:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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