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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 5:1-4

We have here the sign by which the utter destruction of Jerusalem is set forth; and here, as before, the prophet is himself the sign, that the people might see how much he affected himself with, and interested himself in, the case of Jerusalem, and how it lay to his heart, even when he foretold the desolations of it. He was so much concerned about it as to take what was done to it as done to himself, so far was he from desiring the woeful day. I. He must shave off the hair of his head and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 5:4

Then take of them again ,.... Of that small number preserved: and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire : this was fulfilled in Gedaliah and the Jews that were with him, over whom the king of Babylon had made him governor, who were slain by Ishmael, Jeremiah 41:1 ; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel ; from this barbarous murder of Gedaliah and his men, judgment came upon all the house of Israel; a war commenced between... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 5:1-4

Take thee a sharp knife - Among the Israelites, and indeed among most ancient nations, there were very few edge-tools. The sword was the chief; and this was used as a knife, a razor, etc., according to its different length and sharpness. It is likely that only one kind of instrument is here intended; a knife or short sword, to be employed as a razor. Here is a new emblem produced, in order to mark out the coming evils. The prophet represents the Jewish nation. His hair, the people. ... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 5:4

Verse 4 We just saw that there were many reprobate in that small number. Hence, therefore, it is easily gathered how desperate was the impiety of the whole people. After this, he says, take: this adverb is used that those who survived after the slaughter of the city should not think that all their punishments were over: after this, says he, that is, when they shall fancy all their difficulties over, thou shalt take from that part which thou hast preserved, and shalt cast it into the fire.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 5:1-4

A barber's razor. The coming siege and destruction of Jerusalem are described under the image of the prophet shaving his head and then disposing of his hair in various ways. The razor stands for the Divine judgment, the hair for the people, the different treatment of the hair for the difference in the doom of the people. I. DIVINE JUDGMENT IS KEEN AS A RAZOR . Some judgments crush, others cut. The latter do not dispose of their victims at a blow. More is reserved for the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 5:1-4

The prophetic office involves self-sacrifice. The prophet in every age has to be himself a sign. It is not so much what he says, not so much what he does, but what he is, that impresses others. In this enterprise character is everything. Ezekiel was a servant of God to the very core. He completely identified himself with the nation. Its misery became his misery. Thus he became a type and symbol of the Saviour; and, in his measure, suffered vicariously for the people. I. THE ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 5:1-4

The sword of the Divine judgment. "And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor," etc. In this paragraph the prophet represents both Jehovah and the people. In taking the sharp sword he represents the former; and in having his hair shaved off, the latter. Notice— I. THE EXERCISE OF THE DIVINE JUDGMENT . "And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp sword, as a barber's razor thou shalt take it, and cause it to pass upon thy head and upon thy beard."... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 5:3-4

Thou shalt also take, etc. The words may point read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 5:3-4

Of the third part a few are yet to be taken and kept in the fold of the garment (representing those still to remain in their native land), and yet even of those few some are to be cast into the fire. Such was the fate of those left behind after the destruction of Jerusalem Jeremiah 40:0; Jeremiah 41:0. The whole prophecy is one of denunciation.Ezekiel 5:4Thereof - Or, from thence, out of the midst of the fire. Omit “For.” read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 5:2-4

Ezekiel 5:2-4. Thou shall burn a third part in the midst of the city In the midst of that portraiture of the city, which the prophet was commanded to make, chap. Ezekiel 4:1. This signified the destruction of the inhabitants within the city by famine and pestilence; for both famine and pestilence may be said to burn, as they make great havoc, and consume as fast as fire. Thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife To show that a third part of the inhabitants should be... read more

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