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1 Hee cryed also in mine eares, with a loude voyce, saying; Cause them that hauecharge ouer the citie, to draw neere, euen euery man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

2 And behold, sixe men came from the way of the higher gate, which lyeth toward the North, and euery man a slaughter weapon in his hand: and one man among them was clothed with linnen, with a writers inkehorne by his side, and they went in and stood beside the brasen altar.

3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone vp from the Cherub whereupon hee was, to the threshold of the house, and he called to the man clothed with linnen, which had the writers inkehorne by his side.

4 And the Lord sayd vnto him, Goe through the middest of the citie, through the middest of Ierusalem, and set a marke vpon the foreheads of the men that sigh, and that cry for all the abominations, that bee done in the middest thereof.

5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Goe ye after him through the citie, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither haue ye pitie.

6 Slay vtterly olde and yong; both maides, and litle children, and women: but come not neere any man vpon whom is the marke, and begin at my sanctuary: then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

7 And hee sayd vnto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slaine, goe ye forth: and they went forth and slew in the citie.

8 And it came to passe while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell vpon my face, and cryed and said, Ah, Lord God, wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel, in thy powring out of thy fury vpon Ierusalem?

9 Then sayd he vnto me; The iniquity of the house of Israel and Iudah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the citie full of peruersenesse: for they say; The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

10 And as for me also, mine eye shal not spare, neither will I haue pitie, but I will recompence their way vpon their head.

11 And behold, the man clothed with linnen, which had the inkehorne by his side, reported the matter, saying; I haue done as thou hast commanded me.

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Commentary for Ezekiel 9

A vision denoting the destruction of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the departure of the symbol of the Divine presence.1-4 It is a great comfort to believers, that in the midst of destroyers and destructions, there is a Mediator, a great High Priest, who has an interest in heaven, and in whom saints on earth have an interest. The representation of the Divine glory from above the ark, removed to the threshold, denoted that the Lord was about to leave his mercy-seat, and to pronounce judgment on the people. The distinguishing character of this remnant that is to be saved, is such as sigh and cry to God in prayer, because of the abominations in Jerusalem. Those who keep pure in times of general wickedness, God will keep safe in times of general trouble and distress.

5-11 The slaughter must begin at the sanctuary, that all may see and know that the Lord hates sin most in those nearest to him. He who was appointed to protect, reported the matter. Christ is faithful to the trust reposed in him. Is he commanded by his Father to secure eternal life to the chosen remnant? He says, Of all that thou hast given me, I have lost none. If others perish, and we are saved, we must ascribe the difference wholly to the mercy of our God, for we too have deserved wrath. Let us still continue to plead in behalf of others. But where the Lord shows no mercy he does no injustice; he only recompenses men's ways.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezekiel 9

  • Geoff
    I often fall to spiritual vanity. It'll get you. Jesus told Peter to watch and not fall asleep in the garden,to watch for the thief, to watch out for false prophets, to watch for His return. Watch yourself as well. Watch that beam in our own eye before asking others to remove the mote in their eye. Eyes that see and ears that hear.
  • BSP
    Verse 4~Jehovah God is searching for those who are sincerely sighing over the terrible moral decay and breakdown of spiritual conditions in the wicked world. He wants to save such ones and draw them to himself.
  • A disciple
    ATTENTION ALL! READ EZEKIEL 9! Don't let seducing spirits cause you to err from the Word of the Truth! God has put His mark on the foreheads of His Saints, and the destroying angels know not to touch a hair of our heads. The blood of the Lamb is upon the door posts and lintel of our house, that the angel of death cannot enter to slay us when he goes through to smite the ungodly! We are witnesses!
  • Pete
    God is just and merciful
  • Steve McCloud
    It IS a brutal punishment. Horrible evil is the result of unrepented sin! God is Holy. God is serious. God is not fooling around. And it is the same God we serve today. Fortunately God has sent us a way out. If we repent and turn to Christ we can be forgiven but if we are truly born again in Christ, we must strive to remain in Him and not turn back to our former sins.
  • Bruce
    1: It's a picture of endtime. Judgment Day! All without The Blood covering of Jesus will be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation20:15./ call John 6:44/ /ask forgiveness, you will be cleansed by His Blood. Baptized with The Holy Ghost and Fire:Matthew 3:11 / You will be changed: 2Corinthians5:17, You will know! / Lake of Fire: eternal punishment

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