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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 36:25-38

The people of God might be discouraged in their hopes of a restoration by the sense not only of their unworthiness of such a favour (which was answered, in the Ezek. 36:1-24, with this, that God, in doing it, would have an eye to his own glory, not to their worthiness), but of their unfitness for such a favour, being still corrupt and sinful; and that is answered in these verses, with a promise that God would by his grace prepare and qualify them for the mercy and then bestow it on them. And... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 36:37

Thus saith the Lord God, I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel ,.... Besought and prayed unto for the accomplishment of the above promises, as well as what follows: for though God has promised and will perform, yet he expects that his people will apply to him for it; it is our duty to put the Lord in mind of his promises, to plead them with him, and pray unto him for the fulfilment of them. The Syriac version is, "even for this I seek Israel"; and so the Arabic version;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 36:37

Thus saith the Lord God - In answer to the question, "Who shall have such blessings?" we say, they that pray, that seek earnestly, that strive to enter in at the strait gate. "Thus saith the Lord, I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel." Neither Jew nor Gentile shall be thus saved who do not earnestly pray to God; and for this thing; for this complete salvation; this setting up of the kingdom of Christ upon earth, and particularly in their own souls. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 36:1-38

The present chapter is entirely devoted to the consolation of Israel, though its parts are derived from two separate "words" of Jehovah. Ezekiel 36:1-15 belong to the "word" which opened with the first verse of the preceding chapter; Ezekiel 36:16 begins another "word," which only closes at Ezekiel 37:14 . The subject of the first part is the comfort offered to Israel in the destruction threatened against the heathen, and in the blessings promised to her land and people. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 36:32-38

Prosperity suspended on human prayer. In the previous verses God has disclosed a new scheme of spiritual tactics. He will lay siege to man's heart with the artillery of love. He will touch and melt his will. He will gently, yet powerfully, dispose him to obedience. Yet God will not reduce man to a machine. He will not coerce his will. Men shall not become passive instruments under God's hand. There shall be place for human thought, human choice, human effort. "I will yet be inquired of by... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 36:33-37

The period of spiritual prosperity. The promised restoration and prosperity of Israel very fitly portrays the condition of spiritual well-being in the Church of Christ. It is marked by four things. I. SPIRITUAL STABILITY . "I will cause you to dwell in the cities " ( Ezekiel 36:33 ). They were not to be as travelers who are always moving, sleeping beneath the trees or the stars, or as men, that pitch their tents for a few days and pass on; they should "dwell in the cities. It... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 36:37

I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel. On two previous occasions ( Ezekiel 14:3 ; Ezekiel 20:3 ), Jehovah had declined to be inquired of by the hypocritical and idol-loving elders of Israel, who pretended to consult him through his prophet; now he makes it known that in the future era no barrier of moral and spiritual unfitness on their part will prevent their free approach to his throne, but rather that they will come to him with fervent supplications for the very... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 36:37

Inquiry of God. Light is cast upon the function of prayer in the Divine economy by observing that in this passage explicit promises of blessing are first given to Israel; and then, afterwards , it is affirmed that, for this blessing, God requires that his people should make supplication to him. The fact is that unless there be a basis for prayer in the explicit assurances of God, although it may be a natural and instinctive, it can hardly be a reasonable, exercise. I. THE ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 36:37

Their sin had prevented God’s hearing them. Now their purification opens God’s ears to their words. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 36:37-38

Ezekiel 36:37-38. I will yet be inquired of by the house of Israel The house of Israel must, 1st, Pray for these blessings; for by prayer God is sought unto and inquired after. What is the matter of God’s promises, must be the matter of our prayers. By asking for the mercy promised, we give glory to the donor, express our value of the gift, our own dependance upon God, and put honour upon prayer, upon which he has put honour. Christ himself must ask, and then God will give him the heathen... read more

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