22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou a judge, wilt thou judge
the bloody city? yea, thou shalt show her all her
(a) Are you ready to execute your charge, which I commit to
you against Jerusalem that murders the prophets and
them that are godly?
22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth
blood in the midst of it, that her b time may come, and
maketh idols against c herself to defile herself.
(b) That is, the time of her destruction.
(c) To her own undoing.
22:5 [Those that are] near, and [those that are] far from thee,
shall mock thee, [who art] d infamous [and] much
(d) Whose very name all men hate.
22:7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the
midst of thee e have they dealt by oppression with the
stranger: in thee have they oppressed the fatherless and
(e) He means by this that there was no kind of wickedness
which was not committed in Jerusalem and therefore the
plagues of God would speedily come on her.
22:13 Behold, therefore I have f smitten my hand at thy
dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood
which hath been in the midst of thee.
(f) In token of my wrath and vengeance.
22:14 Can thy heart endure, or can thy hands g be strong, in
the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have
spoken [it], and will do [it].
(g) That is, able to defend yourself.
22:15 And I will scatter thee among the nations, and disperse
thee in the countries, and will consume thy h filthiness
out of thee.
(h) I will thus take away the occasion of your wickedness.
22:16 And thou shalt take thy i inheritance in thyself in the
sight of the nations, and thou shalt know that I [am] the
(i) You will be no more the inheritance of the Lord, but
22:18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become k dross:
all they [are] brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the
midst of the furnace; they are [even] the dross of silver.
(k) Which before was most precious.
22:20 [As] they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead,
and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire
upon it, to melt [it]; so will I gather [you] in my anger
and in my fury, and I will leave [you there], l and melt
(l) Meaning by this that the godly would be tried and the
22:24 Son of man, say to her, Thou [art] the land that is not
cleansed, m nor rained upon in the day of indignation.
(m) You are like a barren land which the Lord plagues with
22:25 [There is] a conspiracy n of her prophets in the midst
of her, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have
devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious
things; they have made her many widows in the midst of
(n) The false prophets have conspired together to make
their doctrine more probable.
22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned my
holy things: they have put no difference between the holy
and profane, neither have they shown [difference] between
the unclean and the clean, and have hid their o eyes
from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
(o) They have neglected my service.
22:28 And her p prophets have daubed them with untempered
[mortar], seeing vanity, and divining lies to them,
saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not
(p) They who would have reproved them, flattered them in
their vices and covered their doings with lies.
)See Geneva "Eze 13:10")
22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should q make up
the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land,
that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
(q) Who would show himself zealous in my cause by
resisting vice, (Isa 59:16) also pray to me to
withhold my plagues, (Ps 106:23).