Ezekiel 24

Put on the cooking pot 1
Woe to the city of bloodshed; blood on the rock 5
Woe to the city of bloodshed; empty pot on the coals 9
I tried to cleanse you 13
I will take your delight; do not weep 15
I explained when the people asked 19
I will take away their stronghold their glory 25
Text Comments
.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.
  1 - Ninth year ... day This was 588 BC and the king of Babylon had begun his siege.
  3 - Set a pot The "heat" was on for the city.
.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.
  5 - Burn bones Or ""Let there be a round pile of the bones." (JFB).
  6 - Scum Apparently the blood or "rust" as in the Septuagint. The boiling pot pictured the corrupted city.
  7 - Blood in the midst of her Jerusalem is filled with the blood she shed re1824.
  8 - That it might cause "God purposely let her so shamelessly pour the blood on the bare rock, "that it might" the more loudly and openly cry for vengeance from on high; and that the connection between the guilt and the punishment might be the more palpable. The blood of Abel, though the ground received it, still cries to heaven for vengeance (Ge 4:10,11); much more blood shamelessly exposed on the bare rock." (JFB Commentary).
.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.
  11 - Empty "Even the consumption of the contents is not enough; the caldron itself which is infected by the poisonous scum must be destroyed, that is, the city itself must be destroyed, not merely the inhabitants, just as the very house infected with leprosy was to be destroyed (Le 14:34-45).(JFB).
.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.
  13 - Lewdness "Determined, deliberate wickedness; from a Hebrew root, 'to purpose.'"
.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.
  16 - Take away ... desire The loss of his wife must have been hard for Ezekiel. If he had been a false prophet, he would not have made the prophecy come out this way. In the wording of the announcement the Lord touched his feelings. Compare ge2202. For the meaning, keep reading.
.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.
  21 - I will profane my sanctuary This had been the pride of the Jewish people. As in the death of Mrs. Ezekiel, they had no time to mourn. Their sons and daughters would fall by the sword, too.
  Mourning The custom included loud wailing and various other activities as noted in the text. See es0401f; je0626.
  23 - Pine away Instead, "decay" or "rot away."
  24 - Ezekiel ... a sign Only here and in ez0103 do we hear the prophet's name.
.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.
  27 - Mouth opened The prophet would again be able to speak when the word of the destruction of the city would come to him. He was in Babylon. The Lord had used him many times to warn the people of the city. At last his mouth was closed. Do we put off making things right with the Lord?
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