Ezekiel 15

CHAPTER XV

The Jewish nation, about to be destroyed by the Chaldeans,

compared to a barren vine which is fit for nothing but to be

cast into the fire, 1-8.

NOTES ON CHAP. XV

Verse 2. What is the vine tree more than any tree] It is certain

that the vine is esteemed only on account of its fruit. In some

countries, it is true, it grows to a considerable size and

thickness: but, even then, it is not of a sufficient density to

work into furniture. But whatever may be said of the stock of the

vine, it is the branch that the prophet speaks of here; and I

scarcely know the branch of any tree in the forest more useless

than is the branch of the vine. Out of it who can even make a pin

to drive into a mud wall, or hang any vessel on? A vine would

never be cultivated for the sake of its wood; it is really

worthless but as it bears fruit. What is Israel? Good for

nothing, but as God influenced them to bring forth fruit to his

glory. But now that they have ceased to be fruitful, they are good

for nothing, but, like a withered branch of the vine, to be burnt.

Verse 4. The fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst

of it is burned.] Judea is like a vine branch thrown into the

fire, which seizes on both the ends, and scorches the middle: so

both the extremities of the land is wasted; and the middle,

Jerusalem, is now threatened with a siege, and by and by will be

totally destroyed.

Verse 6. Therefore thus saith the Lord] As surely as I have

allotted such a vine branch, or vine branches, for fuel; so

surely have I appointed the inhabitants of Jerusalem to be

consumed.

The design of this parable is to abate the pride of the Jews; to

show them that, in their best estate, they had nothing but what

they had received, and therefore deserved nothing; and now, having

fallen from all righteousness, they can have no expectation of any

thing but judgment unmixed with mercy.

Verse 7. They shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall

devour them] If they escape the sword, they shall perish by the

famine; if they escape the famine, they shall be led away

captives. To escape will be impossible. It will be to them

according to the proverb:-

Incidit in Scyllam, cupiens vitare Charybdim.

"Out of the scald, into the flame."

Verse 8. They have committed a trespass] They have prevaricated;

they are the worst of sinners, and shall have the heaviest of

punishments. Can men suppose that it is possible to hide even

their dark hearts from God?

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