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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 2:1-5

The title here given to Ezekiel, as often afterwards, is very observable. God, when he speaks to him, calls him, Son of man (Ezek. 2:1, 3), Son of Adam, Son of the earth. Daniel is once called so (Dan. 8:17) and but once; the compellation is used to no other of the prophets but to Ezekiel all along. We may take it, 1. As a humble diminishing title. Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the revelations, he is put in mind of this, that sill he is a son of man, a mean, weak,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 2:3

And he said unto me, son of man ,.... Now follow his mission and commission, and an account of the persons to whom he was sent: I send thee to the children of Israel ; that were captives in Babylon, in Jehoiakim's captivity; so Christ was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, Matthew 15:24 ; to a rebellious nation, that hath rebelled against me ; or, "rebellious Gentiles", F21 אל גוים המורדים "ad gentes, rebelles", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 2:3

Son of man - This appellative, so often mentioned in this book, seems to have been given first to this prophet; afterwards to Daniel; and after that to the Man Christ Jesus. Perhaps it was given to the two former to remind them of their frailty, and that they should not be exalted in their own minds by the extraordinary revelations granted to them; and that they should feel themselves of the same nature with those to whom they were sent; and, from the common principle of humanity, deeply... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 2:3

Verse 3 The Prophet now more clearly explains the object of the vision which he has formerly mentioned, namely, that being armed with authority he might more freely discharge the office of Prophet among the Israelites. For we know that God claims this honor to himself alone, that he should be head in his Church, and deservedly so, for he is not called our Lawgiver in vain, (Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12,) and our wisdom consists in nothing else but in attending to his instructions. Since, therefore,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 2:2-5

An arduous embassage. Every prophet is a missionary; every true missionary is a prophet. In an inferior sense of the word, he is a mediator—a mediator between God and man. I. THE MISSIONARY CHARACTER OF THE PROPHET . He is one "sent." He goes not to this difficult and responsible work by the impulse of his own reason or will. He is in the employ and under the direction of another—of One whom he cannot disregard. He cannot go or stay, as he pleases, he is a servant. The Son... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 2:3

To a rebellious nation ; literally, with Revised Version, nations that are rebellious. The Hebrew word ( goim ) is that used elsewhere for "heathen" and that may be its sense here. As in Ezekiel 28:22 . Judah and Israel may be thought of as having fallen to the level of the heathen. Part of Ezekiel's work was actually addressed to the heathen as such (ch. 25-32.). The word may, however, be used in the plural to include both Judah and the remnant of the northern kingdom. They and their... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 2:3

Rebellious nations. This must have been a bard message for Ezekiel to deliver to his fellow countrymen. It was the heathen, the Gentiles, who were usually designated "nations;" and in applying this designation to Israel, he seemed to degrade the chosen people from their peculiar position of honour, and to rank them with the idolatrous nations whom they were accustomed to despise. And it has been surmised that, in employing the plural, the prophet intended to intimate that the Hebrews no... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 2:3-4

An embassy to rebels. The people of Israel are regarded as a vassal nation that has added rebellion to disloyalty, and has gone so far as to throw off its allegiance to its suzerain lord, and now the Supreme Sovereign sends his prophet as an ambassador to declare his will at this terrible crisis. I. TRANSGRESSORS RIPEN INTO REBELS . They and their fathers had transgressed in the past. But the children have exceeded the wickedness of their parents by breaking out into open... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 2:3-8

The commission to prophetic service. "And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel," etc. We have here— I. A DISCOURAGING SPHERE OF PROPHETIC SERVICE . ( Ezekiel 2:3 , Ezekiel 2:4 .) Ezekiel was sent to: 1 . A people who had mournfully fallen. "I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me." By descent they were sons of Israel, who had engaged in mighty wrestling with God, and by faith had... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 2:3-4

Nation - literally, as in the margin - the word which usually distinguishes the pagan from God’s people. Here it expresses that Israel is cast off by God; and the plural is used to denote that the children of Israel are not even “one nation,” but scattered and disunited.Translate: “I send thee to the children of Israel, the rebellious nation that have rebelled against Me (they and their fathers have transgressed against Me, even to this very day), and the children impudent and stiff-hearted: I... read more

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