Ezekiel 22: Judgment
on Jerusalem's sins
Comment: Three separate words come, the first requiring
Ezekiel to make very clear the sin of Jerusalem because its end
is very near. He lists all the ways the people, starting from
the king, have utterly disobeyed and broken the Law of Moses,
and for this the Lord promises He will now deal with them. A second
word declares He will so purge them that all the unrighteous ones
and unrighteousness will be skimmed off just like the dross of
a smelting process. In a third word, the Lord goes through a careful
list of charges against each of the people groups in Jerusalem
and in the land, and as
there is no one who can stand up to defend the city, [i.e. they
have no defence against these charges] their judgment is certain.]
Jerusalem is condemned for her idolatry
The word of
the Lord came to me:
of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this
of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices
say: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: you city that brings
on herself doom by [i] shedding
blood in her midst and [ii] defiles
herself by making idols,
have become guilty because of [i]
the blood you have shed and have
become defiled [ii] by the
idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and
the end of your years has come.
next prophecy focuses on the sins of Jerusalem. They have brought
an end to the city by their violence and injustice and their idolatry,
repeated in v.3 & 4.]
I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughing-stock
to all the countries.
who are near and those who are far away will mock you, you infamous
city, full of turmoil.
of this God will bring such a judgment on them that the rest of
the world, who so often envied them, will now simply mock them.]
A list of the ways they have broken God's laws
how each of the princes
who are in you [i] uses
his power to shed blood.
you they have [ii] treated
father and mother with contempt; in you they have [iii]
oppressed the foreigner and ill-treated
the fatherless and the widow.
have [iv] despised
my holy things and [v] desecrated
you are [vi] slanderers
who are bent on shedding blood; in you are [vii] those
who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd acts.
you are those [viii] who
dishonour their father's bed; in you are those [ix] who
violate women during their period, when they are ceremonially
you [x] one
man commits a detestable offence with his neighbour's wife, another
[xi] shamefully defiles his
daughter-in-law, and another [xii] violates
his sister, his own father's daughter.
you are [xiii] people
who accept bribes to shed blood; you [xiv] take
interest and make a profit from the poor. You [xv] extort
unjust gain from your neighbours. And you [xvi] have
forgotten me, declares the Sovereign Lord.
fifteen ways He denounces their activities; there is no question
of their guilt. They have rejected the Law of Moses and utterly
The Lord pledges He will deal with them
will surely strike my hands together at the unjust gain you have
made and at the blood you have shed in your midst.
your courage endure or your hands be strong in the day I deal
with you? I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.
will disperse you among the nations and scatter you through the
countries; and I will put an end to your uncleanness.
you have been defiled in the eyes of the nations, you will know
that I am the Lord.”'
outcome can be nothing less than the Lord's promise to bring judgment
on them that will result in them being scattered among the nations,
and when that happens they will know it was God. They have been
A further word comes – they will be like dross from the smelting
the word of the Lord came to me:
of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them
are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They
are but the dross of silver.
this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Because you have all become
dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem.
silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are gathered into a furnace
to be melted with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger
and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.
will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and
you will be melted inside her.
silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her,
and you will know that I the Lord have poured out my wrath on
Lord brings yet another word through Ezekiel. It will be like
the Lord carries out a purifying process and all these unrighteous
ones will be like the dross, the impurities to be skimmed off
the surface and cast away.]
The Lord's ‘charge-sheet' against the various people groups
Again the word
of the Lord came to me:
of man, say to the land, “You are a land that has not been cleansed
or rained on in the day of wrath.”
is a conspiracy of [A] her
princes within her
like [i] a roaring lion tearing
its prey; they [ii] devour
people, [iii] take treasures
and precious things and [iv] make
many widows within her.
do violence to my law and [ii]
profane my holy things; they [iii]
do not distinguish between the holy
and the common; they [iv] teach
that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;
and they [v] shut their eyes
to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
her are [i] like wolves tearing
their prey; they [ii] shed
blood and kill people to [iii] make
whitewash these deeds for them [ii]
by false visions and [iii]
lying divinations. They say, “This
is what the Sovereign Lord says”– when the Lord has not spoken.
The people of the land [i]
practise extortion and [ii]
commit robbery; they [iii]
oppress the poor and needy and [iv]
ill-treat the foreigner, [v]
denying them justice.
yet another word comes and this time the Lord lists the various
people groups who have sinned and identifies each of their sins.
In a court of law, this long list of charges would clearly declare
the guilt of this people.]
There was no one to stand against all this, so the Lord will act
looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and
stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I would
not have to destroy it, but I found no one.
I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery
anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares
the Sovereign Lord.'
Lord looks around but there was no one who could stand up to defend
the city and so their judgment is certain.]
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