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Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Ezekiel 20:39-43

Ezekiel 20:39-43. As for you, O house of Israel— As, in the height of God's vengeance on the sins of this rebellious people, the distant prospect always terminated in mercy; so, with a mercy, and a promise of better times, the whole of this prophetic scene is closed; in order that those to whom it is addressed should, however criminal, not be left in an utter state of desperation, but be afforded some shadow of repose in the prospect of future peace and tranquillity. For now, turning again to... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Ezekiel 20:1-44

1. The history of Israel’s rebellion and Yahweh’s grace 20:1-44The structure of this passage is quite clear. It consists of a review of Israel’s history with an introduction and a concluding application."The chapter is remarkable in that it shows a uniform moral plane sustained by the nation throughout its history." [Note: Feinberg, p. 108.] Other important themes in this chapter include God’s faithful grace in spite of Israel’s persistent rebelliousness, the repetition of a wilderness... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Ezekiel 20:41-42

The people would be as a soothing aroma to God when He regathered them to the Promised Land from where He had scattered them, and He would accept them. He would then prove that He is holy among the nations, namely, uniquely different from all the so-called gods. The Israelites would also recognize Him when He fulfilled His promise to the patriarchs to give them the Promised Land. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 20:1-44

History Repeating itselfSome four years before the fall of Jerusalem the elders of Tel-abib again came to consult Ezekiel, who declared that God had no answer to give them. The reason was that their enquiry was insincere, and this passage is consequently an illustration of the principle of Ezekiel 14:3. The exiles were beginning to avow idolatrous tendencies (Ezekiel 20:32), with which the elders were in secret sympathy. Ezekiel recounted how God had dealt with Israel’s idolatrous spirit in the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 20:1-49

§ 5. A Final series of Prophecies on the necessity of Israel's Punishment and the Destruction of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 20-24)Date, Aug.-Sept. 590 b.c. to Jan.-Feb. 587 b.c.This group includes a warning to the exiles against idolatry (Eze 20:1-44), a description of the sword of the Lord directed against Jerusalem (Eze 20:45 to Eze 21:27), a short prophecy against the Ammonites, connected with the foregoing (Eze 21:28-32) an indictment of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 22:0), an allegorical history of the sins... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Ezekiel 20:1-49

Ezekiel 20:16 Here enters the fatal circumstance of Idolatry, that, in the era of the Prophets, no man's mind is any longer honestly filled with his Idol or Symbol. Before the Prophet can arise who, seeing through it, knows it to be mere wood, many men must have begun dimly to doubt that it was little more. Condemnable Idolatry is insincere idolatry.... It is equivalent to what we call Formalism, and Worship of Formulas, in these days of ours. No more immoral act can be done by a human... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 20:1-49

JEHOVAH’S CONTROVERSY WITH ISRAELEzekiel 20:1-49BY far the hardest trial of Ezekiel’s faith must have been the conduct of his fellow-exiles. It was amongst them that he looked for the great spiritual change which must precede the establishment of the kingdom of God; and he had already addressed to them words of consolation based on the knowledge that the hope of the future was theirs. {Ezekiel 11:18} Yet the time passed on without bringing any indications that the promise was about to be... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Ezekiel 20:1-49

CHAPTERS 20-24 Further and Final Predictions Concerning the judgment of Jerusalem 1. Jehovah rehearses His mercies bestowed upon Israel (Ezekiel 20:1-49 ) 2. The impending judgment announced (Ezekiel 21:1-32 ) 3. Jerusalem’s sins and whoredom (Ezekiel 22:1-31 ; Ezekiel 23:1-49 ) 4. The parable of the boiling pot and the last word (Ezekiel 24:1-27 ) Ezekiel 20:1-49 . The chapter contains a divine retrospect and an arraignment of the people for their national sins. The following... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 20:1-49

CLOSE OF PART ONE Lack of space makes it necessary to crowd the remainder of Part 1 into a single lesson, but nothing vital to its general understanding will be lost, as the chapters are, to a certain extent, repetitions of the foregoing. LAMENTATIONS FOR THE PRINCES (Ezekiel 19:0 ) The theme of this chapter is found in the first and last verses. The “princes” are the kings of Judah Jehoahaz, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah, whose histories were made familiar in the closing chapters of 2 Kings ,... read more

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