E Z E K I E L.
Ezekiel was now among the captives in Babylon, but
they there had Jerusalem still upon their hearts; the pious
captives looked towards it with an eye of faith (as Daniel vi. 10), the presumptuous ones
looked towards it with an eye of pride, and flattered themselves
with a conceit that they should shortly return thither again; those
that remained corresponded with the captives, and, it is likely,
bouyed them up with hopes that all would be well yet, as long as
Jerusalem was standing in its strength, and perhaps upbraided those
with their folly who had surrendered at first; therefore, to take
down this presumption, God gives the prophet, in this chapter, a
very clear and affecting foresight of the besieging of Jerusalem by
the Chaldean army and the calamities which would attend that siege.
Two things are here represented to him in vision:—I. The
fortifications that should be raised against the city; this is
signified by the prophet's laying siege to the portraiture of
Jerusalem (ver. 1-3) and
laying first on one side and then on the other side before it,
ver. 4-8. II. The famine
that should rage within the city; this is signified by his eating
very coarse fare, and confining himself to a little of it, so long
as this typical representation lasted, ver. 9-17.