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God's message of wrath to those who remained secure at Jerusalem,
ver. 1 - 13.
A message of comfort to the dejected captives at Babylon, ver. 14 - 21.
The glory of God removes farther, ver. 22, 23.
The vision disappears, of which Ezekiel gives an account,
ver. 24, 25.
1: Jaazaniah - Not him that is mentioned (Re 8:11).
Pelatiah - Named here for that dreadful sudden death, whereby
he became a warning to others.
2: He - The Lord sitting on the cherub.
3: It - The threatened danger and ruin by the Chaldeans.
The caldron - This is an impious scoff, yet mixt with some fear
of the prophet, (Jer 1:13).
6: Ye - Many murders have you committed yourselves, and you are
accountable to God for all those whom the Chaldeans have slain, seeing
you persuaded them, thus obstinately to stand out.
7: Bring you forth - Not in mercy, but in wrath, by the conquering
hand of Babylon.
9: Deliver you - Defeating all your projects for escape.
10: Will judge - My just judgments shall pursue you, whithersoever
11: Your caldron - The place of your sufferings; greater are reserved
for you in a strange land. Judge you - I will do more against you at
Riblah, where the captive king had his children, and others with them,
first murdered before his eyes, and then his own eyes put out; Riblah is
called the border of Israel: for Syria was adjoining to Israel on
the north, and Riblah was on the frontiers of Syria.
13: Pelatiah - Mentioned ver.(1), a principal man among the
twenty - five princes, who made all the mischief in Jerusalem.
It should seem this was done in vision now, (as the slaying of the ancient
men, (Re 9:6),) but it was an assurance, that when this prophecy was
published, it would be done in fact. And the death of Pelatiah was an
earnest of the compleat accomplishment of the prophecy.
A full end - By slaying all, as this man is cut off.
15: Thy brethren - Thy nearest kindred, which it seems were left in
Jerusalem. Their degeneracy is more noted in the repetition of the
word brethren. Gone far - Ye are gone far from the Lord; as much as the
Heathens accused the Christians of atheism.
16: Say - In vindication of them. Although - The obstinate Jews
at Jerusalem will call them apostates; but I the Lord sent them
thither, and will own them there. Scattered - Dispersed them in many
countries which are under the king of Babylon: yet they are dear to me.
A little sanctuary - A little one in opposition to that great temple at
Jerusalem. To him they shall flee, and in him they shall be safe, as
he was that took hold on the horns of the altar. And they shall have
such communion with God in the land of their captivity, as it was thought
could be had no where but in the temple.
18: They - They who assemble upon Cyrus's proclamation first, and
then upon Darius's proclamation, shall overcome all difficulties,
dispatch the journey, and come safely to their own land. Take away - They
shall abolish superstition and idolatry from the temple.
19: One heart - Cyrus shall give them leave, and I will give them
a heart to return; and on their way shall there be great utility; and,
when come to Jerusalem, they shall own me, and my laws, and with one
consent, build Jerusalem and the temple, and restore true religion.
The stony - That hard, inflexible, undutiful, incorrigible disposition.
21: Heart - Soul and affections. Walketh - Either secretly adhere
to, or provide for the service of idols, called here detestable things.
23: Went up - The glory of the Lord removes now out of the city,
over which it had stood some time, waiting for their repentance.
The mountain - Mount Olivet. He removed thither, to be as it were
within call, and ready to return, if now at length in this their day,
they would have understood the things that made for their peace.
24: The spirit - The same spirit which carried him to Jerusalem,
now brings him back to Chaldea. Went up - Was at an end.