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Ezekiel 2

The prophet is directed what he is to do. (1-5) And encouraged to be resolute, faithful, and devoted. (6-10)

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The prophet is directed what he is to do

1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

And encouraged to be resolute, faithful, and devoted

6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Face, to adore God. M. — Son of man. Our Saviour, out of humility, takes this title, which no other gave him; as the angel does commonly to this prophet, who was his figure: few else have received it, (Dan. viii. 17.) but the reason is not known. W. — God here teaches Ezechiel not to boast of the honour shewn to him, since he must always remember that he is but a feeble mortal. C.

Ver. 2. Spirit of prophecy; (S. Jer. T.) or, I revived, and took courage.

Ver. 3. Israel. His commission was chiefly to them. C.

Ver. 5. Forbear to sin. H. — He thus insinuates free-will. S. Jer. — If they refuse to hear my prophet, they will at least perceive that hey are inexcusable. C.

Ver. 6. Scorpions. This people is no less destructive (H.) and hardened. Ps. cxvii. 12. — For might be better rendered, “though.” C.

Ver. 8. Eat. “If we do not eat the open book, we cannot teach.” S. Jer.

Ver. 9. Without. This was only done when the work was long. C. —

Scriptus et in tergo, necdum finitus Orestes. Juv. 1.

— Sept. “past and present things were written in it.” H. — Woe, or the words of the penitent, of the blessed, and of the damned. W. — The canticles were of a mournful nature, and the prophet had sorrows to announce. C.