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Eze 6:1-14. CONTINUATION OF THE SAME SUBJECT.
2. mountains of Israel--that is, of Palestine in general. The mountains are addressed by personification; implying that the Israelites themselves are incurable and unworthy of any more appeals; so the prophet sent to Jeroboam did not deign to address the king, but addressed the altar (1Ki 13:2). The mountains are specified as being the scene of Jewish idolatries on "the high places" (Eze 6:3; Le 26:30).
3. rivers--literally, the "channels" of torrents. Rivers were often the scene and objects of idolatrous worship.
4. images--called so from a Hebrew root, "to wax hot," implying
the mad ardor of Israel after idolatry
[CALVIN]. Others translate
it, "sun images"; and so in
5. carcasses . . . before . . . idols--polluting thus with the dead bones of you, the worshippers, the idols which seemed to you so sacrosanct.
7. ye shall know that I am the Lord--and not your idols, lords. Ye shall know Me as the all-powerful Punisher of sin.
9. they that escape of you shall remember me--The object of God's
chastisements shall at last be effected by working in them true
contrition. This partially took place in the complete eradication of
idolatry from the Jews ever since the Babylonian captivity. But they
have yet to repent of their crowning sin, the crucifixion of Messiah;
their full repentance is therefore future, after the ordeal of trials
for many centuries, ending with that foretold in
Zec 10:9; 13:8, 9; 14:1-4, 11.
"They shall remember me in far countries"
11. Gesticulations vividly setting before the hearers the greatness of the calamity about to be inflicted. In indignation at the abominations of Israel extend thine hand towards Judea, as if about to "strike," and "stamp," shaking off the dust with thy foot, in token of how God shall "stretch out His hand upon them," and tread them down (Eze 6:14; Eze 21:14).
12. He that is far off--namely, from the foe; those who in a distant
exile fear no evil.
14. Diblath--another form of Diblathaim, a city in Moab (Nu 33:46; Jer 48:22), near which, east and south of the Dead Sea, was the wilderness of Arabia-Deserta.