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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 20:33-44

The design which was now on foot among the elders of Israel was that the people of Israel, being scattered among the nations, should lay aside all their peculiarities and conform to those among whom they lived; but God had told them that the design should not take effect, Ezek. 20:32. Now, in these verses, he shows particularly how it should be frustrated. They aimed at the mingling of the families of Israel with the families of the countries; but it will prove in the issue that the wicked... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 20:42

And ye shall know that I am the Lord ,.... The one only Jehovah, that keeps covenant; performs promises; is faithful to his word; is kind, gracious, and merciful, as well as mighty and powerful; and all this they shall experimentally know, and publicly own and acknowledge: when I shall bring you into the land of Israel ; which will be the Lord's doing; his hand and his power will be signally seen in it; this is one of the places in prophecy, which clearly asserts that the Jews, when... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 20:42

And ye shall know - Shall acknowledge that I am Jehovah. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 20:42

Verse 42 For the sake of frightening them, he threatened that he would be conspicuous to the reprobate, saying, you shall know that I am Jehovah, — meaning, that he would be their judge: hence he was known to the reprobate by proofs of his anger or wrath. But now another kind of knowledge is denoted, namely, that which brings a sweet taste of paternal love:you shall know, says he, that I am, Jehovah your God, when I shall have brought you in again. He here shows his full and complete benefit... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 20:33-44

Judicial discrimination. As among men, when matters of serious importance have to be determined, there is the employment of a religious oath, in other words, a solemn appeal that God should witness the truthfulness of the parties; so, when God discloses his intentions respecting the destiny of men, he speaks with a view to produce the deepest impression. He stakes his own existence upon the certainty of the event. I. GOD 'S RULE IS DIRECTED SOLELY FOR MAN 'S PURITY .... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 20:39-44

The gracious restoration of the people. "As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols," etc. It is here distinctly recognized that not at once would this reformation and restoration be accomplished. The house of Israel is told to "go, serve ye every one his idols." These words are spoken of as an "ironical conversion" (cf. 1 Kings 22:15 ; Amos 4:4 ; Matthew 23:32 ). They are also described as" the holy irony of him who knows that mercy... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 20:40-44

The glorious restoration. It is difficult to believe that this language can refer to a local and temporal restoration and union. In this, as in other passages of his prophecy, Ezekiel seems to point on to the new, the Christian dispensation, into whose spiritual glory he seems to gain some glimpses neither dim nor uncertain. I. THE SCENE OF THE RESTORATION . God's holy mountain, the mountain of the height of Israel, is the symbol of the Church of the Son of God. II. THE ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 20:32-44

God’s future dealings with His people:(1) in judgment Ezekiel 20:32-38;(2) in mercy Ezekiel 20:39-44.Ezekiel 20:32The inquirers had thought that if Jerusalem were taken, and the whole people became sojourners in a foreign land, they would cease to be a separate nation. In their love for idolatry some may have even desired this. But more probably they thought that this very consequence precluded the possibility of such a catastrophe. God answers that He will not allow them to become as the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 20:40-42

Ezekiel 20:40-42. For in my holy mountain, &c. The holy hill of Zion, holy through God’s appointing it for the place of his temple. The mountain of the height of Israel See Ezekiel 17:23; Micah 4:1. Though mount Zion was not one of the highest mountains of Israel, yet God manifesting his presence there in his temple, it was more honoured than any of their other mountains. Lowth, and several other commentators, think the Christian Church is here meant, and termed God’s holy mountain in... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 20:27-44

Past mistakes must not be repeated (20:27-44)Having clearly illustrated that Israel had always shown a tendency to idolatry, Ezekiel now began to apply the lessons of history to his fellow exiles in Babylon. He reminded them that as soon as the people of Israel settled in Canaan they copied the religious practices of the Canaanites (27-29). Those of Ezekiel’s day were just as idolatrous in heart and were thinking of copying the idolatrous ways of Babylon. God warns that he will not allow this... read more

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