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Ezekiel 24

The fate of Jerusalem. (1-14) The extent of the sufferings of the Jews. (15-27)

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The fate of Jerusalem

1 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.

3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:

4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.

5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.

6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.

7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;

8 That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.

9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.

13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.

14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.

The extent of the sufferings of the Jews

15 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.

17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.

18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

20 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

21 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.

23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.

24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters,

26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?

27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Month; Jan. 30, A. 3414. Usher. — Ezechiel was then in Mesopotamia, when the news of the siege commencing on that very day, should arrive; it would make a great impression upon the people, so that they would have confidence in him, (C.) as the certainty of the prediction would appear. 4 K. xxv. 1. W.

Ver. 2. Pot, to denote Jerusalem: the flesh boiled and consumed in the fire with the bones, would shew the future dismal condition of its chiefs and inhabitants. H. — The hardened Jews turned such things to ridicule. C. xi. 3.

Ver. 4. Choice. Heb. “the choice of the bones,” or the finest pieces separated from the bones, as the Sept. and the sequel seem to require. C. — The bones might serve to burn. v. 5. H. See S. Jer. Vat. &c. C.

Ver. 5. The, &c. Lit. “its boiling has grown hot;” the citizens suffer terribly. — Bones. Heb. hatsamim, (H.) may denote the more solid meat.

Ver. 6. Rust: the inveterate malice of the city. v. 12. — Upon it. Hurl the pieces of meat out of the pot, without any choice. C. — All the people shall feel my indignation, the rich as well as the poor. v. 13. H.

Ver. 7. She hath. Sept. “I have let it corrupt upon. I have not,” &c. (v. 8. H.) as if God spoke. The Jews had committed murder without fear. They had naturally a horror for blood, and the law ordered even that of beasts to be covered. Lev. xvii. 13. Now innocent blood cries for vengeance. Gen. iv. 10. The punishment shall be as visible as the crime. v. 8.

Ver. 10. And the. Heb. “put in the seasoning and the bones,” &c.

Ver. 13. Thy. Heb. “In thy crime there is design,” or malice. This rendered the Jews so hateful (C.) and irreclaimable. H. — God had given them abundant instructions (C.) and graces; but all was contemned. H. — When the fire of tribulation does not amend sinners, they are sentenced to hell fire. W.

Ver. 16. Stroke; pestilence, or sudden death. This would make the loss of a dear wife still more afflicting. Yet such distress will fall upon the whole nation, (C.) and misery shall increase so much, that a private loss will be almost forgotten. H. — Curæ leves loquuntur, graviores silent. Sen. Troad. — When a loss is foreseen, it is more easily borne. Private calamities sink in public ones. W.

Ver. 17. Silence, for such manifold calamities, if thou canst screen thyself from the enemy, who will otherwise take offence, as he has brought them on. H. — Dead. Priests were allowed to mourn only for father or mother, and their unmarried brothers and sisters. Lev. xxi. 1. Ezechiel (xliv. 25.) adds, Son and daughter. Many think the wife must also be understood, as she is nearer than a brother. The reasons for these prohibitions did not then subsist, as no sacrifice could be offered in Chaldea; and therefore God here specifies what the prophet was not to do, (C.) though lawful on other occasions. Sanct. — Tire. Lit. “crown,” bandage, (C.) or parchment, on which parts of the law were written. Sept. “Let (Rom. ed. adds, not) the hair of thy head be curled (or ruffed; sumpeplegmenon) upon thee.” H. — It was usually cut in mourning. S. Jer. — Feet. They were bare, at funerals, and in times of sorrow. 2 K. xv. 30. — Face, like David. Heb. “the upper lip,” which mourners and lepers covered. Lev. xiii. 45. C. — Mourners. Feasts were prepared by the relations, (Jos. Bel. ii. 1.) and friends sent some food, but no delicacies, to those who mourned. Lev. v. 9.

Ver. 21. Profane, or esteem it no more, (H.) but abandon it to the Gentiles. C. — Feareth to lose; or on which it rests. v. 25. H.

Ver. 27. No more, if thou darest to speak before the Chaldeans. v. 17. Reserve thy tears and lamentations for that time. C.