E Z E K I E L.
Judgment began at the house of God, and therefore
with them the prophets began, who were the judges; but it must not
end there, and therefore they must not. Ezekiel had finished his
testimony which related to the destruction of Jerusalem. As to that
he was ordered to say no more, but stand upon his watch-tower and
wait the issue; and yet he must not be silent; there are divers
nations bordering upon the land of Israel, which he must prophesy
against, as Isaiah and Jeremiah had done before; and must proclaim
God's controversy with them, chiefly for the injuries and
indignities which they had done to the people of God in the day of
their calamity. In this chapter we have his prophecy, I. Against
the Ammonites, ver. 1-7.
II. Against the Moabites, ver.
8-11. III. Against the Edomites, ver. 11-14. IV. Against the Philistines,
ver. 15-17. That which
is laid to the charge of each of them is their barbarous and
insolent conduct towards God's Israel, for which God threatens to
put the same cup of trembling into their hand. God's resenting it
thus would be an encouragement to Israel to believe that though he
had dealt thus severely with them yet he had not cast them off, but
would still own them and plead their cause.