Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S
house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
This chapter denounces the judgments of God against those
wicked persons who remained in Jerusalem and made a mock of
the types and predictions of the prophets, 1-13;
compare Eze 11:3 with Jer 1:13.
God promises to favour those who were gone into captivity, and
intimates their restoration from the Babylonish yoke, 14-21.
Then the shechinah, or symbol of the Divine Presence, is
represented forsaking the city, as in the foregoing chapter it
did the temple, 22, 23;
and the prophet returns in vision to the place from which he
set out, (Eze 8:1. &c.,)
in order to communicate his instructions to his brethren of the
captivity, 24, 25.
NOTES ON CHAP. XI
Verse 1. At the door of the gate five and twenty men
] The same
persons, no doubt, who appear, Eze 8:16
, worshipping the sun. Jaazaniah the son of Azur
] In Eze 8:16
, we find a Jaazaniah
the son of Shaphan
. If Shaphan
was also called Azur,
they may be the same person. But it is most likely that there were
two of this name, and both chiefs among the people.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are
the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:
Which say, It is
not near; let us build houses: this city is
the caldron, and we be
Verse 3. It is not near
] That is, the threatened invasion. This
city is the caldron, and we
be the flesh.
] See the vision
of the seething pot
, Jer 1:13
. These infidels seem to say: "We
will run all risks, we will abide in the city. Though it be the caldron
, and we the flesh
, yet we will share its fate: if it
perish, we will perish with it." Or they may allude to the above
prediction of Jeremiah, in order to ridicule it: "We were to have
long ago: but the fulfilment of that prediction is not
¶ Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.
And the Spirit of the LORD
fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD
; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of
Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD
; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are
the flesh, and this city is
the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.
Verse 7. Your slain-they
are the flesh
] Jerusalem is the caldron
, and those who have been slain in it, they are the
flesh; and though ye purpose to stay and share its fate, ye shall
not be permitted to do so, ye shall be carried into captivity.
Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD
And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.
Verse 9. And deliver you into the hands of strangers
] This seems
to refer chiefly to Zedekiah and his family.
Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am
shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but
I will judge you in the border of Israel:
Verse 11. I will judge you in the border of Israel,
] Though Riblah
was in Syria, yet it was on the very frontiers
and it was here that Zedekiah's sons were slain, and his own eyes
And ye shall know that I am
: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are
round about you.b
¶ And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD
! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?
Verse 13. Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died.
] Most probably he
was struck dead the very hour in which Ezekiel prophesied against
him. His death appears to have resembled that of Ananias and
Sapphira, Ac 5:1
Again the word of the LORD
came unto me, saying,
Son of man, thy brethren, even
thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are
they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD
: unto us is this land given in possession.
Verse 15. Get you far from the Lord
] These are the words of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, against those of Israel who had been
carried away to Babylon with Jeconiah. Go ye far from the Lord
but as for us, the land of Israel is given to us for a possession,
we shall never be removed from it, and they
shall never return to
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD
; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.
Verse 16. Yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary
thus exiled from their own land, yet not forgotten by their God.
While in their captivity, I will dispense many blessings to them;
and I will restore them to their own land, Eze 11:17
, from which
they shall put away all idolatry, Eze 11:18
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD
; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Verse 19. And I will give them one heart
] A whole system of renewed affections
. And I will put a new spirit within you
] To direct and influence
these new affections. And I will take the stony heart out of their flesh
] That which
would not receive the impressions of my Spirit. And will give them a heart of flesh
] One that is capable of
receiving and retaining these impressions.
That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Verse 20. That they may walk in my statutes
] The holiness of
their lives shall prove the work of God upon their hearts. Then it
shall appear that I am their God
, because I have done such things in
them and for
them; and their holy conduct
shall show that
they are my people
. See Clarke on Eze 36:25
But as for them
whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD
Verse 21. But
as for them whose heart walketh
] Them whose
affections are attached to idolatry, they shall have such reward
as their idols can give them, and such a recompense as Divine
justice shall award them.
¶ Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was
over them above.
And the glory of the LORD
went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is
on the east side of the city.
Verse 23. The glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city
] This vision is no mean proof of the long-suffering of God
He did not abandon this people all at once
; he departed by little and little
. FIRST, he left the temple
. SECONDLY, he stopped a
little at the gate of the city. THIRDLY, he departed entirely from
the city and went to the Mount of Olives
, which lay on the east
side of the city. Having tarried there for some time to see i!
they would repent and turn to him-FOURTHLY, he departed to heaven
The vision being now concluded, the prophet is taken away by the
Spirit of God into Chaldea, and there announces to the captive
Israelites what God had showed him in the preceding visions, and
the good that he had spoken concerning them; who at first did not
seem to profit much by them, which the prophet severely reproves.
¶ Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.
Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD
had shewed me.