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Ezekiel Twenty Two

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Ezekiel 22:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt show her all her abominations.

Ezekiel 22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.

city sheddeth blood. The city of Jerusalem, representing all Judah, with its kings and priests most guilty of all, had repeatedly been guilty of bloodshed—in the sacrificing of children to idols, in judicial executions of its prophets, and in its rebellion against the Babylonians (2 Kings 21:16; 23:37; 24:9; 24:19; Matthew 23:37; etc.).

Ezekiel 22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.

Ezekiel 22:5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.

Ezekiel 22:6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.

Ezekiel 22:7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.

set light by father and mother. Not only had Israel broken the sixth commandment (against killing—Exodus 20:13), but also the fifth commandment, dishonoring their parents (Exodus 20:12), the fourth commandment, profaning the Sabbath (Ezekiel 22:8; see Exodus 20:8-11), the seventh commandment, committing many types of forbidden sexual sins (Ezekiel 22:10-11), the eighth commandment against stealing (Ezekiel 22:12; Exodus 20:15), the ninth commandment, carrying false tales (Ezekiel 22:9; Exodus 20:16), and the tenth commandment against all forms of covetousness (Ezekiel 22:11-12; Exodus 20:17), not even to mention the most flagrant sin of all, erecting and worshipping false gods in the name of the true God, thus despising the first three commandments (Exodus 20:3-7).

Ezekiel 22:8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.

Ezekiel 22:9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.

Ezekiel 22:10 In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.

Ezekiel 22:11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.

Ezekiel 22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

Ezekiel 22:14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.

Ezekiel 22:15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.

scatter thee among the heathen. Again God looks far ahead to the eventual worldwide dispersion of His rebellious people. Note Ezekiel 20:34.

Ezekiel 22:16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 22:17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 22:18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.

Ezekiel 22:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 22:20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.

Ezekiel 22:21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.

Ezekiel 22:22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.

Ezekiel 22:23 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 22:24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.

Ezekiel 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Ezekiel 22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

stand in the gap. Moses long ago had “stood before Him in the breach” (Psalm 106:23) to keep God from destroying His people (Exodus 32:10-14). The Lord evidently desires those who know Him to intercede on behalf of those who have rebelled against Him, as Abraham did for the men of Sodom (Genesis 18:20-33). Note also the command in 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

Ezekiel 22:31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.