|Overview - Ezekiel 48|
|1||The portions of the twelve tribes;|
|8||of the sanctuary;|
|15||of the city and suburbs;|
|21||and of the prince.|
|23||The portions of the twelve tribes.|
|30||The dimensions and gates of the city.|
Ezekiel 48:35 (King James Version)
It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
- and the name
- Genesis 22:14 ; Jeremiah 33:16 ; Zechariah 14:21
- The Lord
- Hebrew JEHOVAH shammah.
- Exodus 15:26 ; 17:15 Judges 6:24 ; Psalms 46:5 ; Psalms 48:3 Psalms 48:14 68:18 77:13 132:14
- Isaiah 12:6 ; 14:32 24:23 Jeremiah 3:17 ; Joel 3:21 ; Zechariah 2:10 ; Revelation 21:3 ; 22:3 The character of Ezekiel, as a Writer and Poet, is thusadmirably drawn by the masterly hand of Bishop Lowth: "Ezekielis much inferior to Jeremiah in elegance; in sublimity he is noteven excelled by Isaiah; but his sublimity is of a totallydifferent kind. He is deep, vehement, tragical; his sentimentsare elevated, animated, full of fire and indignation; hisimagery is crowded, magnificent, terrific; his language isgrand, solemn, austere, rough, and at times unpolished; heabounds in repetitions, not for the sake of grace or elegance,but from vehemence and indignation. Whatever subject he treatsof, that he sedulously puruses; from that he rarely departs, butcleaves, as it were, to it; whence the connexion is in generalevident and well preserved. In other respects he may perhaps beexceeded by the other prophets; but, for that species ofcomposition to which he seems adapted by natural gifts, theforcible, impetuous, grave, and grand, not one of the sacredwriters is superior to him. His diction is sufficientlyperspicuous; all his obscurity arises from the nature of hissubjects. Visions (as for instance, among others, those ofHosea, Amos, and Zechariah,) are necessarily dark and confused.The greater part of Ezekiel, particularly towards the middle ofthe book, is poetical, whether we regard the matter of thelanguage
- " Abp. Newcombe judiciously observes, The Prophet is not to be considered merely as a poet, or as a framer of thoseaugust and astonishing visions, and of those admirable poeticalrepresentations, which he committed to writing; but as aninstrument in the hands of God, who vouchsafed to revealhimself, through a long succession of ages, not only in diversparts constituting a magnificant and uniform whole, but also indifferent manners, as by voice, by dreams, by inspiration, andby plain or enigmatical vision. "Ezekiel is a great poet, fullof originality; and, in my opinion, whoever censures him as ifhe were only an imitator of the old prophets, can never havefelt his power. He must not, in general, be compared withIsaiah, and the rest of the old prophets. Those are great,Ezekiel is also great; those in their manner of poetry, Ezekielin his." To justify this character the learned prelate descendsto particulars, and gives apposite examples, not only of theclear, flowing, and nervous, but also of the sublime; andconcludes his observations on his style, by stating it to be hisdeliberate opinion, that if his "style is the old age of Hebrewlanguage and composition, (as has been alleged,) it is a firmand vigorous one, and should induce us to trace its youth andmanhood with the most assiduous attention." As a Prophet,Ezekiel must ever be allowed to occupy a very high rank; and fewof the prophets have left a more valuable treasure to the churchof God than he has. It is true, he is in several placesobscure; but this resulted either from the nature of hissubjects, or the events predicted being still unfulfilled; and,when time has rolled away the mist of futurity, successivegenerations will then perceive with what heavenly wisdom thismuch neglected prophet has spoken. There is, however, a greatproportion of his work which is free from every obscurity, andhighly edifying. He has so accurately and minutely foretold thefate and condition of various nations and cities, that nothingcan be more interesting than to trace the exact accomplishmentof these prophecies in the accounts furnished by historians andtravellers; while, under the elegant type of a new temple to beerected, a new worship to be introduced, and a new Jerusalem tobe built, with new land to be allotted to the twelve tribes, maybe discovered the vast extent and glory of the New TestamentChurch.