Ezekiel 47

1 The vision of the holy waters.

6 The virtue of them.

13 The borders of the land.

22 The division of it by lot.

the door.


waters issued.Solomon's temple and the second temple were doubtless well supplied with water, probably conveyed there by means of pipes; but these waters flowed from the temple, not as a common sewer, but as a fertilizing river. A fountain producing abundance of water was not in the temple, and could not be there on the top of such a hill; and consequently these waters, as well as those spoken of by Joel and Zechariah, must be understood figuratively and typically. These waters doubtless were an emblem of the "gospel preached with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven;" and their gradual rise beautifully represents it progress, from small beginnings to an immensely large increase; and the latter part of the representation may relate to the times when it shall fill the earth, and produce the most extensive and important effects on the state of making in every nation.

Ps 46:4; Isa 30:25; 55:1; Jer 2:13; Joe 3:18; Zec 13:1; 14:8

Joh 7:37-39; Re 22:1,17

from under the threshold.

12; Isa 2:3



the man.

40:3; Zec 2:1; Re 11:1; 21:15

waters were to the ancles. Heb. waters of the ancles.

Lu 24:49; Ac 2:4,33; 10:45,46; 11:16-18

the waters were to the knees.

Ac 19:10-20; Ro 15:19; Col 1:6

waters to swim in. Heb. waters of swimming.

Isa 11:9; Da 2:34,35; Hab 2:14; Mt 13:31,32; Re 7:9; 11:15; 20:2-4

hast thou.

8:17; 40:4; 44:5; Jer 1:11-13; Zec 4:2; 5:2; Mt 13:51

bank. Heb. lip.

1Ki 9:26; 2Ki 2:13; *marg:


12; Ge 2:9,10; Re 22:2

and go down.

Isa 35:1,7; 41:17-19; 43:20; 44:3-5; 49:9; Jer 31:9

desert. or, plain.

De 3:17; 4:49; Jos 3:16

the sea.This was the Dead sea, or sea of Sodom, east of Jerusalem, in which it is said no living creature is found; or, at least, from its extreme saltness, it does not abound with fish like other seas. The healing of these waters denotes the calling of the Gentiles.

the waters.

2Ki 2:19-22; Isa 11:6-9; Mal 1:11; Mt 13:15

every thing.

Joh 3:16; 11:26

rivers. Heb. two rivers.

Ps 78:16

shall live.

Joh 5:25; 6:63; 11:25; 14:6,19; Ro 8:2; 1Co 15:45; Eph 2:1-5

a very great.

Isa 49:12; 60:3-10; Zec 2:11; 8:21-23; Ac 2:41,47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7

Ac 21:20

Greek. for they.

Ex 15:26; Ps 103:3; Isa 30:26

fishers.Apostles and preachers of the gospel.

Mt 4:19; 13:47-50; Mr 1:17; Lu 5:4-10; Joh 21:3-11


2Ch 20:2

the fish.Great quantities of all kinds of fish usually caught in the Mediterranean, genuine converts of all nations, kindreds, and people.

the great sea.

15; 48:28; Nu 34:6; Jos 23:4; Ps 104:25


Isa 49:12,20

the miry places.Those who reject, neglect, or pervert the gospel.

shall not be healed, they shall be. or, and that which shallnot be, shall be, etc.

Heb 6:4-8; 10:26-31; 2Pe 2:19-22; Re 21:8; 22:11


De 29:23; Jud 9:45; Ps 107:34; Jer 17:6; Mr 9:48,49

by the river.

7; Ps 92:12; Isa 60:21; 61:3

grow. Heb. come up. trees for meat.Probably, believers, "trees of righteousness," who still bring forth, "fruit unto holiness," and "whose end is eternal life."


Job 8:16; Ps 1:3; Jer 17:8

new. or, principal. medicine. or, bruises and sores.

Isa 1:6; Jer 8:22; Re 22:2

This shall.

Nu 34:2-12


48:4-6; Ge 48:5; 49:26; 1Ch 5:1; Jer 3:18; 31:1

lifted up mine hand. or, swore.

20:5,6,28,42; Ge 12:7; 13:15; 15:7; 17:8; 26:3; 28:13; Nu 14:16,30


48:29; Pr 16:33

And this.





Nu 34:8


Nu 13:21; 34:8; 1Ki 8:65; Am 6:14; Zec 9:2


2Sa 8:8

Berothai. Damascus.

Ge 14:15; 1Ch 18:5; Ac 9:2

Hazar-hatticon. or, the middle village. Hauran.The district of Auranitis, now Haouran, S. W. of Damascus.

the border from.The Holy Land, as here described, extended from about 31 degrees to 35 degrees N. lat. and from 34 degrees to 37 degrees E. long.; being bounded on the north by a line drawn from the Mediterranean to Hamath; on the east by Damascus, Hauran, Gilead, and the land of Israel east of Jordan, unto the south of the Dead sea; on the south by Tamar and Kadesh, unto the river of Rhinocorura; and on the west by the Mediterranean sea, from the same point northward "till a man came over against Hamath;" and its length from north to south would be about 280 miles, and its breadth about 150 miles. The ten tribes, as well as Judah and Benjamin, were to be admitted to a full share in this inheritance, which seems to imply, that the future restoration to the promised land is predicted; while the admission of strangers who sojourned in the land to a share in the inheritance, as if native Israelites, plainly intimates the calling of the Gentiles into the church, and their joint inheritance of its privileges, and of the heavenly felicity.


48:1; Nu 34:9

from. Heb. from between. from Gilead.

Ge 31:23,47


Nu 32:1; Jud 10:8


Ge 13:10; Job 40:23



strife. or, Meribah.

Nu 20:13; De 32:51; 33:8; Ps 81:7

river. or, valley.

Jos 12:3

southward. or, toward Teman.



ye shall divide.


and to the strangers.

Isa 56:6,7; Ac 2:5-10; 11:18; Eph 2:12,13,19-22; 3:6; Re 7:9,10

they shall have.

Ac 15:9; Ro 10:12; Ga 3:28,29; Col 3:11

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