Ezekiel Chapter 21 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Ezekiel prophecieth against Ierusalem, with a signe of sighing. 8 The sharpe and bright sword, 18 against Ierusalem, 25 against the kingdome, 28 and against the Ammonites.
7 And it shall be, when they say vnto thee; Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answere, For the tidings, because it commeth: and euery heart shall melt, and all hands shalbe feeble, and euery spirit shal faint, and all knees shal be weake as water: behold, it commeth, and shalbe brought to passe, sayth the Lord God.7
14 Thou therefore sonne of man, prophecie and smite thine hands together, and let the sword bee doubled the third time, the sword of the slaine, it is the sword of the great men, that are slaine, which entreth into their priuie chambers.14
19 Also thou sonne of man, appoint thee two wayes, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twaine shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the citie.
22 At his right hand was the diuination for Ierusalem to appoint captaines, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift vp the voice with shouting, to appoint battering-rammes against the gates, to cast a mount and to build a fort.22
24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Because yee haue made your iniquitie to be remembred, in that your transgressions are discouered, so that in all your doings your sinnes doe appeare: because, I say, that yee are come to remembrance, yee shall be taken with the hand.
28 ¶ And thou sonne of man, prophecie, and say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproch: Euen say thou; The sword, the sword is drawen, for the slaughter it is fourbished, to consume because of the glittering:
29 Whiles they see vanitie vnto thee, whiles they diuine a lie vnto thee, to bring thee vpon the necks of them that are slaine, of the wicked whose day is come, when their iniquitie shall haue an end.
View Wesley's Notes for Ezekiel Chapter 21
21:2 The holy places - The temple and all parts of it.
21:3 The righteous - It is no unusual thing, that in publick calamities, those who are indeed righteous should be involved with others.
21:4 All flesh - All the Jews that dwell in the land.
21:5 Shall not return - It shall not return into the scabbard 'till it hath done full execution.
21:6 Sigh therefore - Thereby express deep sorrow. Breaking of thy loins - Like a woman in travail.
21:7 Because - The saddest news you ever heard is coming.
21:9 Furbished - Made clean and bright.
21:10 Of my son - To whom God saith, Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, #Psa 2:9|. This sword is that rod of iron, which despiseth every tree, and will bear it down.
21:12 It - The devouring sword. Upon thy thigh - In token of thy sense of what they must suffer.
21:13 If - But if the king and kingdom of Judah despise this trial, both shall be destroyed and be no more.
21:14 And smite - In token of amazement and sorrow. Of the slain - Wherewith many shall be slain. Privy chambers - Where they were hidden in hope to escape.
21:15 All their gates - Both of cities, of palaces, and of private houses. Wrapt up - And hath been carefully kept in the scabbard, that it might not be blunted.
21:16 Go - O sword, take thy own course.
21:17 Smite my hands - In token of my approbation.
21:19 Appoint - Paint, or describe them on a tile. One land - That is, Babylon. Chuse - Pitch on some convenient place, where thou mayest place Nebuchadnezzar's army, consulting where this one way divides into two, which was on the edge of the desert of Arabia. At the head - Where each way runs, toward either Rabbath, or Jerusalem; for there Nebuchadnezzar will cast lots.
21:20 To Judah - The Jews.
21:21 Stood - The prophet speaks of what shall be, as if it were already. To use - To consult with his gods, and to cast lots. Arrows - Writing on them the names of the cities, then putting them into a quiver, and thence drawing them out and concluding, according to the name which was drawn. He consulted - Perhaps by a divine permission, the devil gave them answers from those images. In the liver - They judged of future events, by the entrails, and more especially by the liver.
21:22 The divination - The divination which concerned Jerusalem, was managed on his right hand.
21:23 Them - The Jews. That have sworn - Zedekiah, his princes, and nobles, who swore allegiance to the king of Babylon, these perjured persons will contemn all predictions of the prophet. He - Nebuchadnezzar. The iniquity - The wickedness of their perjury and rebellion. They - Zedekiah, and the Jews with him
21:24 Your transgressions - Against God, and against the king of Babylon. Discovered - To all in court, city, and country. With the hand - As birds, or beasts in the net, are taken with the hands, so shall you, and be carried into Babylon.
21:25 And thou - Zedekiah. Whose day - The day of sorrows, and sufferings, and punishment is at hand. Shall have an end - Shall bring the ruin of king and kingdom, and with the overthrow of your state, the means of sinning shall end too.
21:26 The diadem - The royal attire of the head, which the king daily wore. Shall not be the same - The kingdom shall never be what it hath been. Him that is low - Jeconiah. The advance of this captive king, came to pass in the thirty - seventh year of his captivity.
21:27 Shall be no more - Never recover its former glory, 'till the scepter be quite taken away from Judah, and way be made for the Messiah. He hath an incontestable right to the dominion both in the church and in the world. And in due time he shall have the possession of it, all adverse power being overturned.
21:28 Their reproach - Wherewith they reproached Israel in the day of Israel's afflictions.
21:29 While - While thy astrologers, and soothsayers, deceive thee with fair, but false divinations. To bring thee - To bring thee under the sword of the Chaldeans, and destroy thee as the Jews; to make thee stumble and fall on their necks, as men that fall among a multitude of slain.
21:30 Shall I cause it - God will by no means suffer the sword to be sheathed. Judge thee - Condemn, and execute.
21:31 I will blow - As those who melt down metals blow upon the metal in the fire, that the fire may burn the fiercer.
Ezekiel Chapter 21 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
7 Heb. shall goe into water.
10 Or, it is the rod of my sonne, it despiseth euery tree.
12 Or, they are thrust downe to the sword with my people. , Iere.31.19.
13 Or, when the triall hath beene, what then? shall they not also belong to the despising rod?
14 Heb. hand to hand.
15 Or, glittering, or feare. , Or, sharpened.
16 Heb. set thy selfe, take the left hand.
21 Heb. mother of the way. , Or, kniues. , Heb. Teraphim.
22 Or, battering rams. , Heb. rams.
23 Or, for the oathes made vnto them.
27 Heb. peruerted, peruerted, peruerted will I make it.
30 Or, cause to it to returne.
31 Or, burning.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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