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Ezekiel 7

The desolation of the land. (1-15) The distress of the few who should escape. (16-22) The captivity. (23-27)

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The desolation of the land

1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.

3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.

4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of their’s: neither shall there be wailing for them.

12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.

14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

15 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.

The distress of the few who should escape

16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.

17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.

21 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.

22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

The captivity

23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.

26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.

27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 2. Israel, or Judea, in all its parts. W. — In five or six years’ time all shall be destroyed.

Ver. 3. Set, as accusers, to increase thy confusion.

Ver. 5. One. A second shall not be necessary. Nah. i. 9. C.

Ver. 6. Awaked. Justice seems to have slept. H. See v. 10. Jer. i. 12.

Ver. 7. Destruction, (contritio.) S. Jerom reads “contraction,” as also v. 10. Prot. “the morning.” H. — Chal. “the reign.” C. — Heb. tsephira, is variously rendered. H. — Joy. Heb. “echo or cry” of people in the vintage.

Ver. 10. Budded; figurative expressions, denoting a speedy vengeance. C. — Chal. “the reign is open, the ruler has flourished, the wicked hath appeared.” In this reign of Nabuchodonosor ye shall be chastised. H. — Sept. or rather Theodotion, from whom many things have bee supplied according to S. Jerom, (C.) have, “The deceit (or thick foliage; ploke) has gone forth, the rod,” &c. H.

Ver. 11. Iniquity. What other fruit could be expected from wickedness? It draws on chastisement. — Noise, or grandees. None will repent, and therefore none shall escape, from the highest to the lowest.

Ver. 13. Sold, as in the year of jubilee. Lev. xxv. 25. C. — Now there shall be no recovery. W. — They shall be driven from the land. — Although. By supplying the former negation, (C.) we may render “Nor,” &c. (H.) which seems better. C. — It may also mean, “those who are now alive” shall witness these things. H. Back. It is not a mere threat.

Ver. 14. Ready. He describes the vain attempts of the Jews to make resistance.

Ver. 16. Doves, not daring to vent their complaints. C.

Ver. 17. Water; urine, (S. Jer.) sweat, &c. the usual effects of fear.

Ver. 18. Heads. They cut their hair in times of penance and of mourning.

Ver. 19. Iniquity. Riches have fostered their passions: they will not now procure food or liberty. Soph. i. 18. C. — The riches of the idols invited the enemy to plunder. W.

Ver. 20. And. Prot. “As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the,” &c. The sacred ornaments of the temple, appointed by God, (H.) have been converted into idols, and shall be carried to Babylon. v. 21. C.

Ver. 22. Secret: the inward sanctuary, the holy of holies. Ch. — God would guard it no longer. C.

Ver. 23. Shutting up. Heb. “chain,” for imprisonment and captivity. Ch. — Pronounce sentence upon all.

Ver. 24. Sanctuary; the temple of God, or of idols. C. vi. 3.

Ver. 25. Distress. When the enemy is before the city, they will see their error; but it will be too late. They shall not obtain peace. Jer. xxxviii. 1.

Ver. 26. Ancients. Priests shall afford no consolation, nor counsellors any advice. They shall be all confounded. C. — During the captivity a few only were found to give instruction. Mal. ii. W.