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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 12:17-20

Here again the prophet is made a sign to them of the desolations that were coming on Judah and Jerusalem. 1. He must himself eat and drink in care and fear, especially when he was in company, Ezek. 12:17, 18. Though he was under no apprehension of danger to himself, but lived in safety and plenty, yet he must eat his bread with quaking (the bread of sorrows, Ps. 127:2) and drink his water with trembling and with carefulness, that he might express the calamitous condition of those that should... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 12:20

And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste ,.... Not only the city of Jerusalem, but the other cities of Judea; as they were by the Chaldeans, which were then full of inhabitants: and the land shall be desolate ; the whole land of Judea be destitute of men and cattle, and lie uncultivated, and become barren and unfruitful: and ye shall know that I am the Lord ; who were then captives in Babylon, as well as those who should be dispersed among the nations would; see ... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 12:20

Verse 20 He pursues the same sentiment. He had threatened destruction to Jerusalem and its citizens: he now adds the other cities of Judah which were still inhabited. Lastly, he speaks of the whole land, as if he said that no single corner should suppose itself free from slaughter, since God’s vengeance should attack it as well as the cruelty of enemies through all regions. Jerusalem was the head of the whole nation; Ezekiel predicts its siege, and after that it became easy to overthrow and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 12:17-20

Deprivations caused by sin. "Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking," etc. This paragraph was addressed to Ezekiel's fellow exiles. "Say unto the people of the land;" i.e. of Chaldea. The design was to discourage the false expectations of the captives, who were looking forward to an early season of prosperity for their native land, in which they hoped to share. To this end the prophet shows to them that, in respect to their fellow... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 12:19-20

The people of the land - Chaldaea.Of the inhabitants - In respect to “the inhabitants.”Desolate from, all that is therein - i. e., stripped of all its inhabitants and of all its wealth.At one and the same time, Jeremiah was prophesying in Jerusalem, and Ezekiel in Chaldaea; the prophecies of the former were sent to the exiles, and those of Ezekiel to the dwellers at Jerusalem, that the guiding hand of One God in different places might be made clear (Jerome). read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 12:17-28

Messages to be heeded (12:17-28)Ezekiel’s starvation diet symbolized the shortage of food in Jerusalem during the last great siege (see 4:9-17). He was now told that, when he ate, he was to act as if he were stricken with terror, to emphasize the horror of the events about to overtake Jerusalem (17-20).Many of the exiles doubted the truth of the messages that Ezekiel announced. They argued that days, months, and even years passed, but they did not see his prophecies fulfilled (21-22). God’s... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Ezekiel 12:20

the cities . . . shall be laid waste. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 26:31 ). App-92 . ye shall know, &c. See note on Ezekiel 6:7 . read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Ezekiel 12:1-20

1. The dramatic tragedy of exile 12:1-20This section contains three messages from the Lord all of which deal with the inevitability of another deportation of Jews from Jerusalem and Judah (Ezekiel 12:1-20). Jerusalem would be overthrown and the Jews still there would be taken to Babylon in the very near future. The prophet’s perspective now broadened from the temple (chs. 8-11) to the city (ch. 12). read more

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