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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 43:7-12

God does here, in effect, renew his covenant with his people Israel, upon his retaking possession of the house, and Ezekiel negotiates the matter, as Moses formerly. This would be of great use to the captives at their return both for direction and encouragement; but it looks further, to those that are blessed with the privileges of the gospel-temple, that they may understand how they are before him on their good behaviour. I. God, by the prophet, puts them in mind of their former provocations,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 43:9

Now let them put away their whoredom ,.... Idolatry, superstition, and will worship, with which the corrupt church of Rome abounds; and whatever appearance thereof is in the reformed churches: and the carcasses of their kings far from me ; their idols; See Gill on Ezekiel 43:7 , and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever ; now though the Jews were never guilty of idolatry after their return from the Babylonish captivity, nor even to this day; yet the Lord has departed from... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 43:9

Now let them put away their whoredom - Their idolatry. And the carcasses of their kings - It appears that God was displeased with their bringing their kings so near his temple. David was buried in the city of David, which was on Mount Zion, near to the temple; and so were almost all the kings of Judah; but God requires that the place of his temple and its vicinity shall be kept unpolluted; and when they put away all kinds of defilement, then will he dwell among them. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:1-9

Sunshine after storm. The prophet of Jehovah has inspected all the plans of the second temple. In clearest vision he has seen all its parts arranged. The sacred edifice has grown to perfection before his eyes. Court within court has successively appeared. And now the great question arises, "Will the God of heaven again stoop to dwell there?" In vain will be all this preparation and toil unless Jehovah shall fill the house again with his presence. In vain will be all ceremony and all... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:1-12

The consecration of the temple by the entrance into it of the glory of the God of Israel. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:7-9

God's unapproachable sovereignty. God now appears among his people as their Divine Sovereign; the house to which he comes in glorious manifestation is "the place of his throne" ( Ezekiel 43:7 ). There he is resolved to rule. Other kings, human potentates, had been reigning there, but their rule should now be over. They had been usurpers in that they had set up their will against his, "their threshold by his thresholds, their post by his posts" ( Ezekiel 43:8 ); but all such pretensions... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:7-12

Debate exists as to who the speaker in the seventh verse was, whether Jehovah or the man—some holding with Kliefoth, Ewald, Smend, and Currey, that he was Jehovah; others, with Havernick, Keil, Hengstenberg, and Schroder, that he was "the man;" and still others, with Plumptre, that it cannot be decided which he was. One thing is clear, that if "the man" was the speaker, his words and message were not his own, but Jehovah's. Yet unless the man had been the angel of the Lord—the view of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 43:9

Now let them put away their whoredom , etc. What has just been declared to be the necessary consequence of Jehovah's abiding in the midst of Israel is now enjoined upon Israel as an indispensable prerequisite of Jehovah's taking up his residence amongst them. Ezekiel's theology in this respect harmonizes with that of Old and New Testament writers generally, who invariably postulate purity of heart and life as a necessary condition of God's abiding in the heart, while asserting that such... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 43:7-9

Ezekiel 43:7-9. And he said unto me, Son of man, &c. God here, in retaking possession of his house, in effect renews his covenant with his people Israel; and Ezekiel negotiates the matter, as Moses formerly did. This would be of great use to the captives at their return, both for direction and for encouragement; but it more especially concerns those that are blessed with the privileges of the gospel temple, and shows that they hold their blessings under the condition of their obedience.... read more

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