Ezekiel 11:1

Ezekiel 11:1

Moreover, the spirit lifted me up
From the inner court of the temple, where the prophet was, according to the last account of him, ( Ezekiel 8:16 ) ; it was the same Spirit that took him by the lock of his head, and lifted him up, as in ( Ezekiel 8:3 ) ; and perhaps in the same manner: and brought me unto the east gate of the Lord's house, which looketh
eastward;
where were the cherubim, and the wheels, and the glory of God above them, ( Ezekiel 10:19 ) ; and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men;
not the same as in ( Ezekiel 8:16 ) ; for they were in a different place, between the porch and the altar; and about different service, they were worshipping there; and seem to be men of a different order, priests; whereas these were at the door of the eastern gate, sitting as a court of judicature, and were civil magistrates; though Jarchi and Kimchi take them to be the same. Some say Jerusalem was divided into twenty four parishes, districts, or wards, and everyone had its own head, ruler, and governor; and that there was one who was the president over them all, like the mayor and aldermen of a city; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur;
not the same that is mentioned in ( Ezekiel 8:11 ) ; he was the son of Shaphan, this of Azur; he was one of the seventy of the ancients of Israel, this one of the twenty five heads or rulers of the people; he seems to have been a prince; by having a censer in his hand, this was a priest: the Septuagint and Arabic versions call him Jechoniah: and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah;
these two are mentioned by name, as being principal men, and well known by the prophet; and the latter is observed more especially for what befell him, hereafter related: princes of the people;
men who were entrusted with power and authority to exercise the laws of the nation; and who should have been reformers of the people, and ought to have given them good advice, and set them good examples; whereas they were the reverse, as follows:

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