Ezekiel 5

Listen to Ezekiel 5

Jerusalem Will Be Destroyed

1 "And you, 1O son of man, take a 2sharp sword. Use it as 3a barber's razor and 4pass it over your head and your beard. Then take balances for weighing and divide the hair.
2 5A third part you shall burn in the fire 6in the midst of the city, 7when the days of the siege are completed. And a third part you shall take and strike with the sword all around the city. 8And a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and 9I will unsheathe the sword after them.
3 10And you shall take from these a small number and bind them in the skirts of your robe.
4 11And of these again you shall take some and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will come out into all the house of Israel.
5 "Thus says the Lord GOD: 12This is Jerusalem. I have set her 13in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
6 And she has rebelled against my rules by doing wickedness 14more than the nations, and against my statutes more than 15the countries all around her; for they have rejected my rules and have not walked in my statutes.
7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are 16more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, 17and have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, 18and have not[a] even acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you,
8 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, even I, 19am against you. 20And I will execute judgments[b] in your midst 21in the sight of the nations.
9 And because of all your abominations I will do with you 22what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again.
10 Therefore 23fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. 24And I will execute judgments on you, 25and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds.
11 Therefore, 26as I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely, 27because you have defiled my sanctuary 28with all your detestable things and with all your 29abominations, 30therefore I will withdraw.[c]31My eye will not spare, and I will have no pity.
12 32A third part of you shall die of pestilence and be consumed with famine in your midst; 33a third part shall fall by the sword all around you; 34and a third part I will scatter to all the winds and will unsheathe the sword after them.
13 35"Thus shall my anger spend itself, and I will vent my fury upon them and satisfy myself. And they shall know that 36I am the LORD--that I have spoken in my jealousy--37when I spend my fury upon them.
14 Moreover, I will make you 38a desolation and 39an object of reproach among 40the nations all around you and in the sight of all who pass by.
15 You shall be[d] a reproach and a taunt, a warning 41and a horror, to 42the nations all around you, 43when I execute judgments on you in anger and fury, and 44with furious rebukes--I am the LORD; I have spoken--
16 when I send against you[e]45the deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon 46you and break your supply[f] of bread.
17 I will send famine and 47wild beasts against you, 48and they will rob you of your children. Pestilence and 49blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword upon you. I am the LORD; I have spoken."

Ezekiel 5 Commentary

Chapter 5

A type of hair, showing the judgments about to come upon the Jews. (1-4) These awful judgments are declared. (5-17)

Verses 1-4 The prophet must shave off the hair of his head and beard, which signifies God's utter rejecting and abandoning that people. One part must be burned in the midst of the city, denoting the multitudes that should perish by famine and pestilence. Another part was to be cut in pieces, representing the many who were slain by the sword. Another part was to be scattered in the wind, denoting the carrying away of some into the land of the conqueror, and the flight of others into the neighbouring countries for shelter. A small quantity of the third portion was to be bound in his shirts, as that of which he is very careful. But few were reserved. To whatever refuge sinners flee, the fire and sword of God's wrath will consume them.

Verses 5-17 The sentence passed upon Jerusalem is very dreadful, the manner of expression makes it still more so. Who is able to stand in God's sight when he is angry? Those who live and die impenitent, will perish for ever unpitied; there is a day coming when the Lord will not spare. Let not persons or churches, who change the Lord's statutes, expect to escape the doom of Jerusalem. Let us endeavour to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Sooner or later God's word will prove itself true.

Cross References 49

  • 1. See Ezekiel 2:1
  • 2. Psalms 57:4; Isaiah 49:2
  • 3. [Isaiah 7:20]
  • 4. [Ezekiel 1:3; Ezekiel 44:20; Leviticus 21:5]
  • 5. See ver. 12
  • 6. [ver. 5; Ezekiel 4:1]
  • 7. See Ezekiel 4:8
  • 8. [ver. 10]
  • 9. ver. 12; Ezekiel 12:14; [Jeremiah 9:16]
  • 10. [Jeremiah 40:6; Jeremiah 52:16]
  • 11. [Jeremiah 42:18; Jeremiah 44:14]
  • 12. [ver. 2; Ezekiel 4:1]
  • 13. [Ezekiel 38:12]
  • 14. See Ezekiel 16:47, 48
  • 15. [See ver. 5 above]
  • 16. Psalms 2:1; Psalms 46:6
  • 17. Ezekiel 16:47
  • 18. [Ezekiel 11:12]
  • 19. See Ezekiel 13:8
  • 20. Ezekiel 11:9; Ezekiel 16:41; Ezekiel 23:10
  • 21. Ezekiel 22:16
  • 22. [2 Kings 21:12, 13; Lamentations 1:12; Daniel 9:12]
  • 23. See Jeremiah 19:9
  • 24. [See ver. 8 above]
  • 25. Ezekiel 12:14; Ezekiel 17:21; Ezekiel 22:15; Ezekiel 36:19; Deuteronomy 28:64; Jeremiah 9:16; Jeremiah 15:4; Zechariah 2:6; [ver. 2; ch. Ezekiel 36:19]
  • 26. See Ezekiel 16:48
  • 27. Ezekiel 8:3, 5, 6; Ezekiel 23:39; 2 Chronicles 36:14; Jeremiah 7:30
  • 28. Ezekiel 11:18
  • 29. Ezekiel 7:20; Ezekiel 11:18, 21
  • 30. Ezekiel 16:27
  • 31. Ezekiel 7:4, 9; Ezekiel 8:18; Ezekiel 9:5, 10; [Jeremiah 21:7]
  • 32. [ver. 2; Ezekiel 6:11, 12; Jeremiah 15:2]
  • 33. [ver. 2; Ezekiel 6:11, 12; Jeremiah 15:2]
  • 34. [ver. 2; Ezekiel 6:11, 12; Jeremiah 15:2]
  • 35. Ezekiel 6:12; Ezekiel 7:8; Ezekiel 20:8, 21; Lamentations 4:11; [Ezekiel 39:25]
  • 36. Ezekiel 36:5, 6; Ezekiel 38:19
  • 37. Ezekiel 6:12; Ezekiel 7:8; Ezekiel 20:8, 21; Lamentations 4:11; [Ezekiel 39:25]
  • 38. Ezekiel 6:6; See Jeremiah 22:5
  • 39. Ezekiel 22:4; Nehemiah 2:17; Psalms 79:4; Jeremiah 24:9
  • 40. ver. 5, 6
  • 41. Ezekiel 14:8; Deuteronomy 28:37
  • 42. [See ver. 14 above]
  • 43. [Ezekiel 14:21]
  • 44. Ezekiel 25:17
  • 45. Deuteronomy 32:23, 24
  • 46. See Ezekiel 4:16
  • 47. Ezekiel 14:15; Ezekiel 33:27; Ezekiel 34:25; Deuteronomy 32:24; [2 Kings 17:25]
  • 48. [Ezekiel 36:12]
  • 49. Ezekiel 38:22

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. Some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac lack not
  • [b]. The same Hebrew expression can mean obey rules, or execute judgments, depending on the context
  • [c]. Some Hebrew manuscripts I will cut you down
  • [d]. Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; Masoretic Text And it shall be
  • [e]. Hebrew them
  • [f]. Hebrew staff

Chapter Summary


This chapter is of the same argument with the former; and contains a type of Jerusalem's destruction; an explanation of that type; what were the reasons of God's judgments on that city; and the nature, rise, and end of them. The type is in Eze 5:1-4; the explanation of that type is in Eze 5:5; the reasons of the severe judgments threatened are changing the statutes of the Lord, and not walking in them, and defiling the sanctuary with their abominations, Eze 5:6-11; an account of the judgments of God, answerable to each of the parts in the type, Eze 5:12; the ends of these judgments are, with respect to God, the accomplishment of his anger, and the satisfaction of his justice; with respect to the Jews, bringing them to an acknowledgment that he had spoken in his zeal; and, with respect to the nations, their instruction and astonishment, Eze 5:13-15; and the chapter is concluded with an assurance that these judgments would be sent, Eze 5:16,17.

Ezekiel 5 Commentaries

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