E Z E K I E L.
The scope of this chapter is much the same with
that of the 17th, to foretel and lament the ruin of the house of
David, the royal family of Judah, in the calamitous exit of the
four sons and grandsons of Josiah—Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jeconiah,
and Zedekiah, in whom that illustrious line of kings was cut off,
which the prophet is here ordered to lament, ver. 1. And he does it by similitudes. I. The
kingdom of Judah and house of David are here compared to a lioness,
and those princes to lions, that were fierce and ravenous, but were
hunted down and taken in nets, ver.
2-9. II. That kingdom and that house are here compared
to a vine, and these princes to branches, which had been strong and
flourishing, but were now broken off and burnt, ver. 10-14. This ruin of that monarchy
was now in the doing, and this lamentation of it was intended to
affect the people with it, that they might not flatter themselves
with vain hopes of the lengthening out of their tranquility.