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

2 Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

3 And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

4 And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

5 And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

6 In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.

7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.

9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

11 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.

12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.

13 Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.

14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Commentary for Ezekiel 6

The Divine judgments for idolatry. (1-7) A remnant shall be saved. (8-10) The calamities are to be lamented. (11-14)1-7. War desolates persons, places, and things esteemed most sacred. God ruins idolatries even by the hands of idolaters. It is just with God to make that a desolation, which we make an idol. The superstitions to which many trust for safety, often cause their ruin. And the day is at hand, when idols and idolatry will be as thoroughly destroyed from the professedly Christian church as they were from among the Jews.

8-10 A remnant of Israel should be left; at length they should remember the Lord, their obligations to him, and rebellion against him. True penitents see sin to be that abominable thing which the Lord hates. Those who truly loathe sin, loathe themselves because of sin. They give glory to God by their repentance. Whatever brings men to remember Him, and their sins against him, should be regarded as a blessing.

11-14 It is our duty to be affected, not only with our own sins and sufferings, but to look with compassion upon the miseries wicked people bring upon themselves. Sin is a desolating thing; therefore, stand in awe, and sin not. If we know the worth of souls, and the danger to which unbelievers are exposed, we shall deem every sinner who takes refuge in Jesus from the wrath to come, an abundant recompence for all contempt or opposition we may meet with.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ezekiel 6

  • Edward Addo Bediako
    EZEKIEL 6: The Scripture is drawing our attention to how the anger of God is going to consume man in this days. When men have establish High Places of wickedness and have branded them as the church of God. Note the word God used MY SWORD. This point to the fact that in this end times the magnitude of Gods wrath towards humanity. Lets us be watchful so as not to come under such a wrath.
  • Bernard Opoku
    I find it difficult to believe why some Christians link their prayers to Ezekiel 6:11 by clapping hands and stamping of feet. Personally, the whole chapter 6 does not seem prayers to me.
  • MARTA FRAZIER
    The Lord will not tolerate adultery, having other gods before him, but if you have got caught up he will give you room for repentance and will always send someone to expose his word to you. If you hear and be convicted, believe, be baptised then the Holy Spirit will step in and make all things clear and new.
  • Anonymous for verse 6
    Why is the sun-images being destroyed part omitted from the KJV? Although it might seem a small phrase, it has big significance.
  • Egbayelo
    God detest idol worshipping and image building as he is the only one that is to be worshipped and nothing else. It makes God angry if someone makes an image, worship it, and call it God.
  • Tanya Smalls
    I LOVE THIS STUDY.I REALLY NEED THIS REFRESHER.IT ALSO READS , REVEALS NEW REVELATION IN THE SCRIPTURES HAVENT READ AS OFTEN AS OTHERS IN YEARS. SCRIPTURES
  • Richard K Mensah for verse 11
    Ezekiel 6 11, Gives A Picture About The Power Of God Working When U Believe In God And Have Faith In Him God .Isaiah 61 Says For The Spirits Of God Is on Me B 'cos...When Jesus Raise His Hand The Storm Obey Him, Therefore God Has Given As Power In Ezekiel 6 Verse 11 That When We Pray We Should Clap And Stamps Our Feets And It Shall Work For Us.Amen!
  • Felicia Agyeibea Mintah
    Ezekiel chapter 6 down wards. There is one thing God also hate most, to worship idols, so brethren please take your time and read the whole chapter and see what happened to the Israelis. God still loves you so please repent.

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Bible Trivia

Where did God say he would lay the dead bodies of the Israelites?
  • In front of their idols
  • In front of their children
  • Beside His temple
  • At the temple gates