E Z E K I E L.
God, having given the prophet a clear foresight of
the people's miseries that were hastening on, here gives him a
clear insight into the people's wickedness, by which God was
provoked to bring these miseries upon them, that he might justify
God in all his judgments, might the more particularly reprove the
sins of the people, and with the more satisfaction foretel their
ruin. Here God, in vision, brings him to Jerusalem, to show him the
sins that were committed there, though God had begun to contend
with them (ver. 1-4), and
there he sees, I. The image of jealousy set up at the gate of the
altar, ver. 5, 6. II. The
elders of Israel worshipping all manner of images in a secret
chamber, ver. 7-12. III.
The women weeping for Tammuz, ver.
13, 14. IV. The men worshipping the sun, ver. 15, 16. And then appeals to
him whether such a provoking people should have any pity shown
them, ver. 17, 18.