Ezekiel 13* Heavy judgments against lying prophets. (1-9) Theinsufficiency of their work. (10-16) Woes against falseprophetesses. (17-23)1-9 Where God gives a warrant to do any thing, he gives wisdom.What they delivered was not what they had seen or heard, as thatis which the ministers of Christ deliver. They were not prayingprophets, had no intercourse with Heaven; they contrived how toplease people, not how to do them good; they stood not againstsin. They flattered people into vain hopes. Such widen thebreach, by causing men to think themselves deserving of eternallife, when the wrath of God abides upon them. 10-16 One false prophet built the wall, set up the notion thatJerusalem should be victorious, and made himself acceptable byit. Others made the matter yet more plausible and promising;they daubed the wall which the first had built; but they would,ere long, be undeceived when their work was beaten down by thestorm of God's just wrath; when the Chaldean army desolated theland. Hopes of peace and happiness, not warranted by the word ofGod, will cheat men; like a wall well daubed, but ill built. 17-23 It is ill with those who had rather hear pleasing liesthan unpleasing truths. The false prophetesses tried to makepeople secure, signified by laying them at ease, and to makethem proud, signified by the finery laid on their heads. Theyshall be confounded in their attempts, and God's people shall bedelivered out of their hands. It behoves Christians to keepclose to the word of God, and in every thing to seek theteaching of the Holy Spirit. Let us so trust the promises of Godas to keep his commandments.
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