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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL 22\\

In this chapter a catalogue or list of the sins of the Jews is given; a
comparison of them to dross is made, and they are dealt with
accordingly; and a complaint is lodged against all ranks and orders of
men for their sins; on account of which, there being no intercessor for
them, they are threatened with captivity and destruction. The prophet
is ordered to judge them, and lay before them their abominable sins,
\\#Eze 22:1,2\\, of which a long list is given, as murder, idolatry;
contempt of parents; oppression of the stranger, fatherless, and widow;
negligence of holy things; profanation of the sabbath; tale bearing,
lewdness and uncleanness of various sorts; bribery, usury, extortion,
and dishonest gain, \\#Eze 22:3-13\\ for which the Lord threatens to
deal with them in a manner that would be intolerable to them; that he
would carry them captive, and scatter them among the Heathen,
\\#Eze 22:14-16\\, they are compared to dross, and as such should be
gathered into a furnace, and melted down, \\#Eze 22:17-21\\, all
ranks and orders of men are complained of, because of their
sins, and threatened, \\#Eze 22:23,24\\, the prophets for their
voraciousness, rapine, murder, and lies, \\#Eze 22:25,28\\, the
priests, for their violation of the law, neglect of holy things, and
profanation of the sabbath, \\#Eze 22:26\\, the princes, for their
cruelty, murder, and dishonest gain, \\#Eze 22:27\\, the people of the
land, for their oppression and robbery, \\#Eze 22:29\\, and there being
none to stand in the gap for them, the Lord threatens to pour out his
wrath upon them, and consume them, \\#Eze 22:30,31\\.