E Z E K I E L.
God was, in the foregoing chapter, reckoning with
the people of Judah, and bringing ruin upon them for their
treachery in breaking covenant with him; in this chapter he is
reckoning with the king of Judah for his treachery in breaking
covenant with the king of Babylon; for when God came to contend
with them he found many grounds of his controversy. The thing was
now in doing: Zedekiah was practising with the king of Egypt
underhand for assistance in a treacherous project he had formed to
shake off the yoke of the king of Babylon, and violate the homage
and fealty he had sworn to him. For this God by the prophet here,
I. Threatens the ruin of him and his kingdom, by a parable of two
eagles and a vine (ver.
1-10), and the explanation of that parable, ver. 11-21. But, in the close,
II. He promises hereafter to raise the royal family of Judah again,
the house of David, in the Messiah and his kingdom, ver. 22-24.