Ezekiel 22

CHAPTER XXII

This chapter contains a recital of the sins of Jerusalem, 1-12;

for which God threatens it with severe judgments, 13-16,

in order to purify it from the dross, 17-22.

And as the corruption is general, pervading prophets, priests,

princes, and people; so, it is declared, shall be the

punishment, 23-31.

NOTES ON CHAP. XXII

Verse 2. Wilt thou judge the bloody city] Pronounce the sentence

of death against the murderers.

Show her all her abominations.] And a most revolting and

dreadful catalogue of these is in consequence exhibited.

Verse 3. Her time may come] Till now, it was my long-suffering;

she has fulfilled her days-completed the time of her probation;

has not mended, but is daily worse; therefore her judgment can

linger no longer.

Verse 4. Thou art become guilty in thy blood] Thou art guilty of

blood.

Verse 5. Those that be near] Both distant as well as

neighbouring provinces consider thee the most abandoned of

characters; and through thee many have been involved in distress

and ruin.

Verse 6. Behold, the princes] Ye are a vile and murderous

people, and your princes have been of the same character. Like

people, like prince.

Verse 7. In thee have they set light] The children do not

reverence their parents. Parental affection and filial respect do

not exist among you. The stranger is not only not succoured, but

he is oppressed. The widows and fatherless are vexed by

wrongs and exactions.

Verse 8. Thou hast despised] All my ordinances are not only

neglected, but treated with contempt; and my Sabbaths profaned.

There is not only no power of godliness among you, but there is no

form.

Verse 9. In thee are men that carry tales] Witnesses that will

swear any thing, even where life is concerned.

They eat upon the mountains] Sacrifice to idols, and celebrate

their festivals.

Verse 10. In thee have they discovered] They are guilty of the

most abominable incest and unnatural lust.

In thee have they humbled] In their unholy and unnatural

connexions, they have not abstained from those set apart because

of their infirmities. The catalogue of crimes that follow is too

plain to require comment.

Verse 16. Thou shalt know that I am the Lord.] I shall so deal

with and punish thee, that thou shalt be obliged to own the

vindictive hand of a sin-avenging God.

Verse 18. The house of Israel is to me become dross] They are

all like base metal-brass, tin, iron, and lead alloyed together

with silver. Ye must be put in the furnace, and subjected to the

most intense fire, till your impurities are consumed away. No

ordinary means will avail any thing; the most violent must be

resorted to.

Verse 19. I will gather you] Jerusalem is represented here as

the fining pot; all the people are to be gathered together in it,

and the Chaldean fire is to melt the whole. And God will increase

thy sufferings: as the refiner blows the fire with his bellows, so

God will blow upon you with the fire of his wrath, Eze 22:21.

Verse 24. Thou art the land that is not cleansed] Thou art like

a country where there is no rain, either to cleanse the garments,

or fertilize the ground.

Verse 25. There is a conspiracy] The false prophets have united

together to say and support the same things; and have been the

cause of the destruction of souls, and the death of many, so that

widows, through their means, are multiplied in thee.

Verse 26. Her priests] Even they whose lips should preserve

knowledge, have not instructed the people: they have violated my

law, not only in their private conduct, but in their careless and

corrupt manner of serving in my temple.

Verse 27. Her princes] Are as bad as her priests; they are

rapacious, and grievously oppress the people by unjust impositions

in order to increase their revenues.

Verse 28. Her prophets] Even those who profess themselves to be

my prophets, have been unfaithful in the discharge of their

office; have soothed the people in their sins, and pretended to

have oracles of peace and safety when I had not spoken to them.

Verse 29. The people] All that have power or authority have

abused it; vexed and oppressed the poor, the needy, and the

stranger.

Verse 30. I sought for a man] I saw that there was a grievous

breach made in the moral state and feeling of the people, and I

sought for a man that would stand in the gap; that would

faithfully exhort, reprove and counsel, with all long-suffering

and doctrine. But none was to be found!

Verse 31. Therefore] Because of the profligacies already

mentioned; because of the false worship so generally practiced;

because of the false prophets tolerated; because of the unholy and

profane priesthood; because of the oppressive princes; because of

the unfaithful and deceiving prophets; because of the oppressions

of petty officers; and because of the total corruption of manners

in all ranks, places, offices, &c.;-

Have I poured out mine indignation-consumed them with the fire

of my wrath] Considering the above, has there not been sufficient

reason why I should abandon such a people, and pour out upon them

such a destructive storm of calamities?

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