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

2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.

3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.

4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.

5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.

6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.

7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.

8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.

9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.

10 In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.

11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.

12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.

13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.

15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.

16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.

20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.

21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.

22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.

23 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.

25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.

Commentary for Ezekiel 22

The sins of Jerusalem. (1-16) Israel is condemned as dross. (17-22) As the corruption is general, so shall be the punishment. (23-31)1-16 The prophet is to judge the bloody city; the city of bloods. Jerusalem is so called, because of her crimes. The sins which Jerusalem stands charged with, are exceeding sinful. Murder, idolatry, disobedience to parents, oppression and extortion, profanation of the sabbath and holy things, seventh commandment sins, lewdness and adultery. Unmindfulness of God was at the bottom of all this wickedness. Sinners provoke God because they forget him. Jerusalem has filled the measure of her sins. Those who give up themselves to be ruled by their lusts, will justly be given up to be portioned by them. Those who resolve to be their own masters, let them expect no other happiness than their own hands can furnish; and a miserable portion it will prove.

17-22 Israel, compared with other nations, had been as the gold and silver compared with baser metals. But they were now as the refuse that is consumed in the furnace, or thrown away when the silver is refined. Sinners, especially backsliding professors, are, in God's account, useless and fit for nothing. When God brings his own people into the furnace, he sits by them as the refiner by his gold, to see that they are not continued there any longer than is fitting and needful. The dross shall be wholly separated, and the good metal purified. Let those who suffer pains, or lingering sickness, and find that their hearts can scarcely bear these light and momentary afflictions, take warning to flee from the wrath to come; for if these trials are not sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the cleansing their hearts and hands from sin, far worse things will come upon them.

23-31 All orders and degrees of men had helped to fill the measure of the nation's guilt. The people that had any power abused it, and even the buyers and sellers find some way to oppress one another. It bodes ill to a people when judgments are breaking in upon them, and the spirit of prayer is restrained. Let all who fear God, unite to promote his truth and righteousness; as wicked men of every rank and profession plot together to run them down.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezekiel 22

  • Deborah
    ezekiel sounds very familiar to me...it fits very well with today in the u.s. the u.s. is so far outside of GOD'S will that i am ashamed for us! i feel we have a lot to answer for when Christ returns and believe me GOD will pour out HIS wrath upon us as HE did israel! they are HIS chosen people and if HE punished them what do you think GOD will do to us!
  • Obbie Beal
    This is the whole Earth in 2018.... Wow! Wow! Wow!
  • Alex
    When we read about Gods Judgement and Wrath we must remember that our God is a God of LOVE BUT OUR GOD IS ALSO A CONSUMING FIRE THUS HIS JUDGEMENT IS HIS BAPTISM of FIRE, In the natural we chastise our kids simple we love em.Remember the potter saw the vessel was so marred he had to make a NEW VESSEL Gods wants to make NEW CREATURE outta us thus his Baptism of fire,(conversion) by his LOVE/FIRE.
  • Alex
    Disciple his judgement is his BAPTISM OF FIRE, He only wants to destroy our old evil Adamic nature.Satans seat, Our carnal minds is his ONLY ENEMY. When he rebuked peter refering to him as Satan he was rebuking PETER'S CARNAL MIND HIS ENEMY, THUS THE NEED FOR HIS BAPTISM,ITS JUST AS MALACHI SAYS WHO SHALL ABIDE THE DAY OF HIS COMING WHO SHALL STAND WHEN HE APEARS HE SHALL BE AS A REFINERS FIRE ETC
  • A disciple
    Alex; "He that commits sin IS OF THE DEVIL!" The Lord Jesus Christ is coming with vengeance in His heart to utterly destroy and take away from the earth all the wicked, and all causes of sin. If we still sin every day, then any day we die, we die a sinner; and we will go where sinners go!
  • A disciple
    Alex; "ITS SOMETHING HE HAS DONE AT CALVARY BY HIS BLOOD" unto what? I've said it so many times before, and will say it one more time: Unto what are we even being saved, if not to show forth the good works and GLORIFY OUR FATHER? THESE ARE THE WORDS which He spoke through His Prophets from the beginning of the world, and the grace wrought in us!
  • Alex
    Hiya Disciple GBU..But I disagree, All of our works are filthy rags, the scripture is very CLEAR neither circumcision nor uncircumcision BUT A NEW CREATURE MEANING NOTHIN WE CAN DO OR NOT DO,ITS SOMETHING HE HAS DONE AT CALVARY BY HIS BLOOD,We have to birth this new creature via his seed, his word planted in our hearts,We cannot Excercise ourselves into righteousness,ITS A GIFT VIA HEAING HIS WORD
  • Doug
    Paul said that day would not come on the believers unexpectedly, but the world. HE was talking about the day of GOD'S wrath the book of revelation. As believer were going to know. It's revealed in HOSES 6:2 and 2 PETER 3:8
  • A disciple
    Alex; "All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." The point is not that there is evil working in us that we cannot help; but completely contrary; that we are expected in walking after the Spirit, to exercise self control and cast down imaginations and keep our thoughts and our eyes under subjection in obedience! Is Christ the minister of bondage to corruption, or of holy freedom?
  • Alex
    Gods definition of righteousness and mans definition of righteousness is very different. All men CARRY THE STAIN AND SPOT OF ADAM. Thats y the scripture is saying there was none righteous NO NOT ONE simply b/c all men carry that horrible stain and spot of disobedient Adam,To be truly righteous WE ALL MUST BE BORNAGAIN OF AN INCORRUPTIBLE SEED.THATS GODS DEFINITION OF RIGHTEOUNESS to BIRTH CHRIST.

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