24:1 Again in the a ninth year, in the tenth month, in the
tenth [day] of the b month, the word of the LORD came to
(a) Of Jeconiah's captivity and of the reign of Zedekiah,
(b) Called Tebeth, which contains part of December and part
of January: in which month and day Nebuchadnezzar
24:3 And utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to
them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a c pot, set [it]
on, and also pour water into it:
(c) By which was meant Jerusalem.
24:4 Gather its d pieces into it, [even] every good piece, the
thigh, and the shoulder; fill [it] with the choice bones.
(d) That is the citizens and the chief men of it.
24:5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the e bones
under it, [and] make it boil well, and let them boil its
bones in it.
(e) Meaning, of the innocents whom they had slain, who were
the cause of the kindling of God's wrath against them.
24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city,
to the pot f whose scum [is] in it, and whose scum is not
gone out of it! bring it out g piece by piece; let no h
lot fall upon it.
(f) Whose iniquities and wicked citizens there yet remain.
(g) Signifying that they should not be destroyed all at
once, but little by little.
(h) Spare no estate or condition.
24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the
top of a i rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to
cover it with dust;
(i) The city showed her cruelty to all the world, and was
not ashamed of it, neither yet hid it.
24:10 Heap on wood, k kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and
spice it well, and let the bones be burned.
(k) Meaning that the city would be utterly destroyed and
that he would give the enemies an appetite for it.
24:12l She hath wearied [herself] with lies, and her great
scum went not forth out of her: her scum [shall be] in the
(l) The city has flattered herself in vain.
24:13 In thy filthiness [is] lewdness: because I m have purged
thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged
from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury
to rest upon thee.
(m) I laboured by sending my prophets to call you to
repentance but you would not.
24:14 I the LORD have spoken [it]: it shall come to pass, and I
will do [it]; I will not go back, neither will I spare,
neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and
according to thy doings, shall n they judge thee, saith
the Lord GOD.
(n) That is, the Babylonians.
24:16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the o desire
of thy eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn
nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
(o) Meaning his wife in whom he delighted, as in
24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind thy
turban upon thee, p and put on thy shoes upon thy feet,
and cover not [thy] lips, and eat q not the bread of
(p) For in mourning they went bare headed and barefooted
and also covered their lips.
(q) That is, which the neighbours sent to them that
24:18 So I spoke to the people in the morning: and at evening my
wife died; and I did r in the morning as I was
(r) Meaning the morning following.
24:21 Speak to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
Behold, I will s profane my sanctuary, the t
excellence of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and
that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your
daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.
(s) By sending the Chaldeans to destroy it, as in
)Geneva "Eze 7:22").
(t) In which you boast and delight.