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Eze 22:1-31. GOD'S JUDGMENT ON THE SINFULNESS OF JERUSALEM.
Repetition of the charges in the twentieth chapter; only that there they were stated in an historical review of the past and present; here the present sins of the nation exclusively are brought forward.
that is, "Wilt thou not judge?" &c. (compare
3. sheddeth blood . . . that her time may come--Instead of deriving
advantage from her bloody sacrifices to idols, she only thereby brought
on herself "the time" of her punishment.
4. thy days--the shorter period, namely, that of the siege.
5. infamous--They mockingly call thee, "Thou polluted one in name (Margin), and full of confusion" [FAIRBAIRN], (referring to the tumultuous violence prevalent in it). Thus the nations "far and near" mocked her as at once sullied in character and in actual fact lawless. What a sad contrast to the Jerusalem once designated "the holy city!"
6. Rather, "The princes . . . each according to his power, were in thee, to shed blood" (as if this was the only object of their existence). "Power," literally, "arm"; they, who ought to have been patterns of justice, made their own arm of might their only law.
10. set apart for pollution--that is, set apart as unclean (Le 18:19).
12. forgotten me-- (De 32:18; Jer 2:32; 3:21).
14. (Eze 21:7).
15. consume thy filthiness out of thee--the object of God in scattering the Jews.
16. take thine inheritance in thyself--Formerly thou wast Mine inheritance; but now, full of guilt, thou art no longer Mine, but thine own inheritance to thyself; "in the sight of the heathen," that is, even they shall see that, now that thou hast become a captive, thou art no longer owned as Mine [VATABLUS]. FAIRBAIRN and others needlessly take the Hebrew from a different root, "thou shalt be polluted by ('in,' [HENDERSON]) thyself," &c.; the heathen shall regard thee as a polluted thing, who hast brought thine own reproach on thyself.
18. dross . . . brass--Israel has become a worthless compound of the dross of silver (implying not merely corruption, but degeneracy from good to bad, Isa 1:22, especially offensive) and of the baser metals. Hence the people must be thrown into the furnace of judgment, that the bad may be consumed, and the good separated (Jer 6:29, 30).
23. From this verse to the end he shows the general corruption of all ranks.
24. land . . . not cleansed--not cleared or cultivated; all a scene
of desolation; a fit emblem of the moral wilderness state of the people.
25. conspiracy--The false prophets have conspired both to propagate
error and to oppose the messages of God's servants. They are mentioned
first, as their bad influence extended the widest.
26. Her priests--whose "lips should have kept knowledge"
27. princes--who should have employed the influence of their position
for the people's welfare, made "gain" their sole aim.
28. Referring to the false assurances of peace with which the prophets flattered the people, that they should not submit to the king of Babylon (see on Eze 13:10; Eze 21:29; Jer 6:14; 23:16, 17; 27:9, 10).
29. The people--put last, after the mention of those in office.
Corruption had spread downwards through the whole community.
30. the hedge--the wall
image for leading the people to repentance.
31. their own way . . . recompensed upon their heads-- (Eze 9:10; 11:21; 16:43; Pr 1:31; Isa 3:11; Jer 6:19).