E Z E K I E L.
We have done with Mount Seir, and left it
desolate, and likely to continue so, and must now turn ourselves,
with the prophet, to the mountains of Israel, which we find
desolate too, but hope before we have done with the chapter to
leave in better plight. Here are two distinct prophecies in this
chapter:—I. Here is one that seems chiefly to relate to the
temporal estate of the Jews, wherein their present deplorable
condition is described and the triumphs of their neighbours in it;
but it is promised that their grievances shall be all redressed and
that in due time they shall be settled again in their own land, in
the midst of peace and plenty, ver.
1-15. II. Here is another that seems chiefly to concern
their spiritual estate, wherein they are reminded of their former
sins and God's judgments upon them, to humble them for their sins
and under God's mighty hand, ver.
16-20. But it is promised, 1. That God would glorify
himself in showing mercy to them, ver. 21-24. 2. That he would sanctify
them, by giving them his grace and fitting them for his service;
and this for his own name's sake and in answer to their prayers,