8:1 And it came to pass in the a sixth year, in the b sixth
[month], in the fifth [day] of the month, [as] I sat in my
house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand
of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.
(a) Of the captivity of Jeconiah.
(b) Which contained part of August and part of September.
8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of c
fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire;
and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of
brightness, as the colour of amber.
8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock
of my head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth
and the heaven, and brought me in the d visions of God to
Jerusalem, to the door of the inner e gate that looketh
toward the north; where [was] the seat of the image of f
jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
(d) Meaning that he was thus carried in spirit, and not in
(e) Which was the porch or the court where the people
(f) So called, because it provoked God's indignation, which
was the idol of Baal.
8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel [was] there,
according to the vision that I saw g in the plain.
8:5 Then said he to me, Son of man, lift up thy eyes now the way
toward the north. So I lifted up my eyes the way toward the
north, and behold northward at the gate of the h altar
this image of jealousy in the entrance.
(h) That is, in the court where the people had made an altar
8:6 He said furthermore to me, Son of man, seest thou what they
do? [even] the great abominations that the house of Israel
committeth here, that I should withdraw from i my
sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see
(i) For God will not be where the idols are.
8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping
animals, and k abominable beasts, and all the idols of
the house of Israel, portrayed around upon the wall.
8:11 And there stood before them seventy l men of the elders
of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood
Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in
his hand; and m a thick cloud of incense went up.
(l) Thus they who would have kept all the rest in the fear
and true service of God were the ringleaders of all
abomination, and by their example pulled others from
(m) It was in such abundance.
8:12 Then said he to me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the
elders of the house of Israel n do in the dark, every man
in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD
seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.
(n) For besides their common idolatry they had particular
service, which they had in secret chambers.
8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S
house which [was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat
women weeping for o Tammuz.
(o) The Jews write, that this was a prophet of the idols,
who after his death was once a year mourned for in the
8:17 Then he said to me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? Is
it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the
abominations which they commit here? for they have filled
the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to
anger: and, lo, they put the p branch to their nose.
(p) Declaring that the censings and service of the
idolaters are but infections and villany before God.