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1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

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

  • Stanjett on Ezekiel 9
    Sad, very sad. I don't like reading this.
  • Geoff on Ezekiel 9
    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 on Ezekiel 9
    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 on Ezekiel 9
    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 on Ezekiel 9
    God is just and merciful
  • Steve McCloud on Ezekiel 9
    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 on Ezekiel 9
    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
  • 1 on Ezekiel 9
    People here saying God was punishing people! Say what? Why would you punish children and old and women so brutally?
  • Falola Opeyemi olatoun on Ezekiel 9
    God want genew repentance
  • T on Ezekiel 9
    Ezekiel was given a vision of the Abominations in the Temple. Why women crying for Tammuz was bad. I looked up Tammuz and found out he was the man that had sex with his mother and he was said to have been the son of Nimrod of Babylon. Tammuz was a hunter and a shepherd, he was killed by a boar and dies at 40y, his mother made him a God and the people worshiped him 40 days of mourning.


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