14Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
14 Verse 14. Though-Noah, Daniel, and Job] The intercession even of
the holiest of men shall not avert my judgments. Noah, though a
righteous man, could not by his intercession preserve the old
world from being drowned. Job, though a righteous man, could not
preserve his children from being killed by the fall of their
house. Daniel, though a righteous man, could not prevent the
captivity of his country. Daniel must have been contemporary with
Ezekiel. He was taken captive in the third year of Jehoiakim,
Da 1:1. After this Jeholakim reigned
eight years, 2Ki 23:36. And this prophecy, as appears from
Eze 8:1, was uttered in the
sixth year of Jehoiachin's captivity, who succeeded Jehoiakim,
and reigned only three months, 2Ki 24:6, 8. Therefore at this
time Daniel had been fourteen years in captivity. See Newcome.
Even at this time he had gained much public celebrity. From this
account we may infer that Job was as real a person as Noah
or Daniel; and of their identity no man has pretended to doubt.
When God, as above, has determined to punish a nation, no
intercession shall avail. Personal holiness alone can prevent
these evils; but the holiness of any man can only avail for