Ezekiel 6

CHAPTER VI

In this chapter, which forms a distinct section, the prophet

denounces the judgments of God against the Jews for their

idolatry, 1-7;

but tells them that a remnant shall be saved, and brought to a

sense of their sins by their severe afflictions, 8-14.

NOTES ON CHAP. VI

Verse 2. Set thy face toward the mountains of Israel] This is a

new prophecy, and was most probably given after the four hundred

and thirty days of his lying on his left and right side were

accomplished. By Israel here, Judea is simply meant; not the ten

tribes, who had long before been carried into captivity. Ezekiel

uses this term in reference to the Jews only.

The mountains may be addressed here particularly, because it was

on them the chief scenes of idolatry were exhibited.

Verse 4. Your images shall be broken] Literally, your sun

images; representations of the sun, which they worshipped. See

the margin.

Verse 5. Will scatter your bones round about your altars.] This

was literally fulfilled by the Chaldeans. According to Baruch,

Baruch 2:24, 25, they opened the sepulchres of the principal

people, and threw the bones about on every side.

Verse 9. They that escape of you shall remember me] Those that

escape the sword, the pestilence, and the famine, and shall be led

into captivity, shall plainly see that it is God who has done

this, and shall humble themselves on account of their

abominations, leave their idolatry, and worship me alone. And this

they have done from the Babylonish captivity to the present day.

Verse 11. Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot] Show

the utmost marks of thy astonishment and indignation, and dread of

the evils that are coming upon them. Some have contended for the

propriety of clapping and stamping in public worship from these

words! It is scarcely a breach of charity to think that such

persons are themselves incapable either of attending on or

conducting the worship of God. To be consistent, they should copy

the prophet in his other typical actions as well as these; and

then we shall hear of their lying on their left side for three

hundred and ninety days, and on their right side for forty days;

shaving their heads, burning their hair, baking their bread with

dung, &c. Now all these things, because they were typical and

commanded, were proper in the prophet: in such persons as the

above they would be evidences of insanity. Such extravagant acts

are no part of God's worship.

Verse 14. And make the land-more desolate than the wilderness

toward Diblath] Diblath or Diblathayim is situated in the land of

Moab. It is mentioned Nu 33:46,

Almon-Diblathaim; and in Jer 48:22,

Beth-Diblathaim. It was a part of that horrible wilderness

mentioned by Moses, De 8:15, "wherein were fiery serpents, and

scorpions, and drought." The precise reason why it is mentioned

here is not very evident. Some think it is the same as Riblah,

where Nebuchadnezzar slew the princes of Israel, and put out

Zedekiah's eyes; the principal difference lying between the

daleth and the resh, which in MSS. is often scarcely

discernible; and hence vast multitudes of various readings. Five,

probably six, of Kennicott's MSS. have riblathah, as

likewise two of my oldest MSS.; though in the margin of one a

later hand directs the word to be read bedaleth, with daleth.

But all the Versions read the word with a D. This may appear a

matter of little importance, but we should take pains to recover

even one lost letter of the word of God.

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