The two prophecies contained in Ezekiel 6, 7 are distinct, although both closely connected with the explanation of the symbolism in Ezekiel 5. They were probably uttered at sufficient intervals of time from Ezekiel 5 and from each other to allow of a distinct impression being made by each of them; yet the interval could not have been long, since Ezekiel 8 is dated in the sixth month of the sixth year. There must therefore have been such a following up of one blow after another of prophetic denunciation as was calculated to produce the most profound effect. In the present chapter judgment is denounced upon the idolatrous places and people, although a remnant are to be saved who shall recognise the hand of the Lord, and then the terribleness of the judgment of desolation is enlarged upon. In Ezekiel 7 the quickness and inevitableness of this judgment is the chief thought. In both the judgment is no longer denounced merely against Jerusalem, as representing the people, but is expressly extended to the whole land.
Your slain men before your idols.—Their idols should be worshipped no longer by the living, but by the prostrate bodies of their dead worshippers. In this and the following verse a kind of poetic justice is described. There was nothing so utterly defiling under the Mosaic law as the touch of a dead body. (See Numbers 9:6-10; 2 Kings 23:14; 2 Kings 23:16.) The Israelites had defiled the land with idols, now the idols themselves should be defiled with their dead bodies.