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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 7:16-22

We have attended the fate of those that are cut off, and are now to attend the flight of those that have an opportunity of escaping the danger; some of them shall escape (Ezek. 7:16), but what the better? As good die once as, in a miserable life, die a thousand deaths, and escape only like Cain to be fugitives and vagabonds, and afraid of being slain by every one they meet; so shall these be. I. They shall have no comfort or satisfaction in their own minds, but be in continual anguish and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 7:22

My face will one turn also from them ,.... Deny them his presence, and withdraw his protection from them; show them no favour, nor afford them any help and succour in their distress, when they cry unto him; so the Targum, "I will cause my Shechinah to remove from them:' unless the Chaldeans are meant, as some think, whose robberies and ravages the Lord would wink at, and not restrain, but suffer them to plunder and spoil at pleasure: since it follows, and they shall pollute my secret ... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 7:22

The robbers shall enter into it - The Chaldeans shall not only destroy the city; but they shall enter the temple, deface it, plunder it, and burn it to the ground. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 7:22

Verse 22 As to the beginning of the verse there is no ambiguity, for God pronounces that the Jews would be miserable, because he would avert his face from them For in this was situated their happiness, that God, as he had promised, would regard their safety. As long, therefore, as God deigned to look upon them, their safety was certain, so that there was no fear of danger. But when he no longer cared for them, these wretched ones were exposed to all calamities; hence they are said to be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 7:16-22

Fallacious deliverance. Flight is not deliverance. If the invading army is God's army, no escape is possible, save in submission. We cannot elude God's detectives. Lonely mountains, no more than crowded cities, serve as an asylum, if God be our Foe. As we cannot get beyond the limits of his world, neither can we get beyond the reach of his sword. I. THEIR MISERY . They may escape, for a moment, sword wounds and bodily captivity; yet they have not escaped from inward distress and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 7:20-22

The perversion of desirable possessions punished by the deprivation of them. "As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it, in majesty," etc. In these words we discover— I. DESIRABLE POSSESSIONS SINFULLY PERVERTED . ( Ezekiel 7:22 .) This verse has been differently translated and interpreted. Hengstenberg renders it, "And his glorious ornament he has set for pride; and they made the images of their abominations and detestable idols of it: therefore have I laid it on them for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 7:22

My secret place. The work of the spoiler would not stop at the idols of silver and gold. Jehovah would surrender his own "secret place", that over which he had watched, sc. the sanctuary of his temple, to the hands of the spoiler. In Psalms 83:4 the same adjective is used of persons, the "hidden" or protected ones of God. In the name of Baal-zephon, "Lord of the secret place," we have possibly a kindred thought. In Psalms 17:14 we have "hid treasure." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 7:22

The averted face. In the figurative but natural and expressive language of the Hebrews, the shining of God's countenance means his good pleasure and good will towards those whom he favours, and the hiding or averting of his countenance means his displeasure. Prayer often shaped itself into the familiar expression, "The Lord cause his face to shine upon us;" and the displeasure of Heaven was deprecated in such terms as these: "Turn not thy face from thy servants." The child... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 7:22

My secret place - The inner sanctuary, hidden from the multitude, protected by the most high. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 7:20-22

Ezekiel 7:20-22. As for the beauty of his ornament The temple and all that pertained to it, which was the beauty and glory of the Jewish nation, and accounted so by them; he set it in majesty God commanded that it should be a stately, beautiful, and magnificent structure; but they made the images of their abominations therein Set up their idols in his temple, and provoked him, their Maker and their husband, with their spiritual adulteries committed before his face; therefore have I set... read more

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