"God will strengthen. (1.) 1 Chr. 24:16, "Jehezekel." "(2.) One of the great prophets, the son of Buzi the priest (Ezek. 1:3). He was one of the Jewish exiles who settled at "Tel-Abib, on the banks of the Chebar, "in the land of the" "Chaldeans." He was probably carried away captive with Jehoiachin" (1:2; 2 Kings 24:14-16) about B.C. 597. His prophetic call came "to him "in the fifth year of Jehoiachin's captivity" (B.C. 594)." "He had a house in the place of his exile, where he lost his" "wife, in the ninth year of his exile, by some sudden and" unforeseen stroke (Ezek. 8:1; 24:18). He held a prominent place "among the exiles, and was frequently consulted by the elders" (8:1; 11:25; 14:1; 20:1). His ministry extended over "twenty-three years (29:17), B.C. 595-573, during part of which" "he was contemporary with Daniel (14:14; 28:3) and Jeremiah, and" probably also with Obadiah. The time and manner of his death are unknown. His reputed tomb is pointed out in the neighbourhood of "Bagdad, at a place called Keffil."

Consists mainly of three groups of prophecies. After an account "of his call to the prophetical office (1-3:21), Ezekiel (1)" "utters words of denunciation against the Jews (3:22-24), warning" "them of the certain destruction of Jerusalem, in opposition to" "the words of the false prophets (4:1-3). The symbolical acts, by" which the extremities to which Jerusalem would be reduced are "described in ch. 4, 5, show his intimate acquaintance with the" Levitical legislation. (See Ex. 22:30; Deut. 14:21; Lev. 5:2; "7:18, 24; 17:15; 19:7; 22:8, etc.)" "(2.) Prophecies against various surrounding nations: against the "Ammonites (Ezek. 25:1-7), the Moabites (8-11), the Edomites" "(12-14), the Philistines (15-17), Tyre and Sidon (26-28), and" against Egypt (29-32). "(3.) Prophecies delivered after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar: the triumphs of Israel and of the kingdom of God "on earth (Ezek. 33-39); Messianic times, and the establishment" and prosperity of the kingdom of God (40;48). "The closing visions of this book are referred to in the book of "Revelation (Ezek. 38=Rev. 20:8; Ezek. 47:1-8=Rev. 22:1,2). Other" references to this book are also found in the New Testament. "(Comp. Rom. 2:24 with Ezek. 36:2; Rom. 10:5, Gal. 3:12 with" Ezek. 20:11; 2 Pet. 3:4 with Ezek. 12:22.) "It may be noted that Daniel, fourteen years after his "deportation from Jerusalem, is mentioned by Ezekiel (14:14)" "along with Noah and Job as distinguished for his righteousness," and some five years later he is spoken of as pre-eminent for his wisdom (28:3). "Ezekiel's prophecies are characterized by symbolical and "allegorical representations, "unfolding a rich series of" "majestic visions and of colossal symbols." There are a great" "many also of "symbolcal actions embodying vivid conceptions on" "the part of the prophet" (4:1-4; 5:1-4; 12:3-6; 24:3-5; 37:16," "etc.) "The mode of representation, in which symbols and" "allegories occupy a prominent place, gives a dark, mysterious" character to the prophecies of Ezekiel. They are obscure and enigmatical. A cloudy mystery overhangs them which it is almost impossible to penetrate. Jerome calls the book `a labyrith of the mysteries of God.' It was because of this obscurity that the Jews forbade any one to read it till he had attained the age of "thirty." "Ezekiel is singular in the frequency with which he refers to the "Pentateuch (e.g., Ezek. 27; 28:13; 31:8; 36:11, 34; 47:13," etc.). He shows also an acquaintance with the writings of Hosea "(Ezek. 37:22), Isaiah (Ezek. 8:12; 29:6), and especially with" "those of Jeremiah, his older contemporary (Jer. 24:7, 9; 48:37)."

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Definition of Ezekiel:
"the strength of God"

Related Bible Dictionary Terms:
Ezekiel Book of