E Z E K I E L.
This long chapter (as before ch. xvi. and xx.) is a
history of the apostasies of God's people from him and the
aggravations of those apostasies under the similitude of corporal
whoredom and adultery. Here the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the
ten tribes and the two, with their capital cities, Samaria and
Jerusalem, are considered distinctly. Here is, I. The apostasy of
Israel and Samaria from God (ver.
1-8) and their ruin for it, ver. 9, 10. II. The apostasy of Judah and
Jerusalem from God (ver.
11-21) and sentence passed upon them, that they shall in
like manner be destroyed for it, ver. 22-35. III. The joint wickedness of
them both together (ver.
36-44) and the joint ruin of them both, ver. 45-49. And all that is
written for warning against the sins of idolatry, and confidence in
an arm of flesh, and sinful leagues and confederacies with wicked
people (which are the sins here meant by committing whoredom), is
that others may hear and fear, and not sin after the similitude of
the transgressions of Israel and Judah.