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Ezekiel Chapter 5

Ezekiel 5:1
5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a
    barber's razor, and cause [it] {a} to pass upon thy head and
    upon thy beard: then take to thee balances to weigh, and
    divide the [hair].

    (a) To shave your head and your beard.

Ezekiel 5:2
5:2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the
    {b} city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou
    shalt take a third part, [and] smite about it with a sword:
    and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will
    draw out a sword after them.

    (b) That is, of that city which he had portrayed on the
        brick, Ezekiel 4:1. By the fire and pestilence he
        means the famine, with which one part perished during
        the siege of Nebuchadnezzar. By the sword, those that
        were slain when Zedekiah fled and those that were
        carried away captive and by the scattering into the
        wind, those that fled into Egypt, and into other parts
        after the city was taken.

Ezekiel 5:3
5:3 Thou shalt also take of them a few in number, and bind them
    in thy {c} skirts.

    (c) Meaning, that a very few would be left, which the Lord
        would preserve among all these storms, but not without
        troubles and trial.

Ezekiel 5:4
5:4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the
    fire, and burn them in the fire; {d} from which a fire shall
    come forth into all the house of Israel.

    (d) Out of the fire which you kindled will come a fire which
        will signify the destruction of Israel.

Ezekiel 5:6
5:6 And she hath changed my {e} judgments into wickedness more
    than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries
    that [are] around her: for they have refused my judgments
    and my statutes, they have not walked in them.

    (e) My word and law into idolatry and superstitions.

Ezekiel 5:7
5:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye {f} multiplied
    more than the nations that [are] around you, [and] have not
    walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments,
    neither have done according to the judgments of the nations
    that [are] around you;

    (f) Because your idols are in greater number, and your
        superstitions more than among the professed idolaters,
        read Isaiah 65:11 or he condemns their ingratitude in
        respect to his benefits.

Ezekiel 5:13
5:13 Thus shall my anger be accomplished, and I will cause my
     fury to rest upon them, and I will be {g} comforted: and
     they shall know that I the LORD have spoken [it] in my
     zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.

     (g) That is, I will not be pacified till I am avenged,
         Isaiah 1:24.

Ezekiel 5:16
5:16 When I shall send upon them the evil {h} arrows of famine,
     which shall be for [their] destruction, [and] which I will
     send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon
     you, and will break your staff of bread:

     (h) Which were the grasshoppers, mildew and whatever were
         opportunities for famine.

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