E Z E K I E L.
Mention had been made, in the chapter before, of
the vain visions and flattering divinations with which the people
of Israel suffered themselves to be imposed upon (ver. 24); now this whole chapter is
levelled against them. God's faithful prophets are nowhere so sharp
upon any sort of sinners as upon the false prophets, not because
they were the most spiteful enemies to them, but because they put
the highest affront upon God and did the greatest mischief to his
people. The prophet here shows the sin and punishment, I. Of the
false prophets, ver.
1-16. II. Of the false prophetesses, ver. 17-23. Both agreed to sooth men up
in their sins, and, under pretence of comforting God's people, to
flatter them with hopes that they should yet have peace; but the
prophets shall be proved liars, their prophecies mere shams, and
the expectations of the people illusions; for God will let them
know that "the deceived and the deceiver are his," are both
accountable to him, Job xii.