Ezekiel 6

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Judgment Against Idolatry

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 1"Son of man, 2set your face toward 3the mountains of Israel, and 4prophesy against them,
3 and say, 5You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to 6the mountains and 7the hills, to 8the ravines and the valleys: Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, 9and I will destroy your high places.
4 10Your altars shall become desolate, and your 11incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain before your idols.
5 12And I will lay the dead bodies of the people of Israel before their idols, 13and I will scatter your bones around your altars.
6 Wherever you dwell, 14the cities shall be waste and 15the high places ruined, so that your altars will be waste and ruined,[a] your idols broken and destroyed, your 16incense altars cut down, and your works wiped out.
7 And the slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
8 17"Yet I will leave some of you alive. When you have among the nations 18some who escape the sword, and when you are scattered through the countries,
9 then those of you who escape 19will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how 20I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes 21that go whoring after their idols. 22And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations.
10 And they shall know that I am the LORD. 23I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them."
11 Thus says the Lord GOD: 24"Clap your hands 25and stamp your foot and say, Alas, because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, 26for they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.
12 27He who is far off shall die of pestilence, and he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who is left and is preserved shall die of famine. 28Thus I will spend my fury upon them.
13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, 29when their slain lie among their idols around their altars, 30on every high hill, 31on all the mountaintops, 32under every green tree, and under 33every leafy oak, wherever 34they offered pleasing aroma to all their idols.
14 And 35I will stretch out my hand against them and 36make the land desolate and waste, 37in all their dwelling places, from the wilderness to 38Riblah.[b] Then 39they will know that I am the LORD."

Ezekiel 6 Commentary

Chapter 6

The Divine judgments for idolatry. (1-7) A remnant shall be saved. (8-10) The calamities are to be lamented. (11-14)

1-7. War desolates persons, places, and things esteemed most sacred. God ruins idolatries even by the hands of idolaters. It is just with God to make that a desolation, which we make an idol. The superstitions to which many trust for safety, often cause their ruin. And the day is at hand, when idols and idolatry will be as thoroughly destroyed from the professedly Christian church as they were from among the Jews.

Verses 8-10 A remnant of Israel should be left; at length they should remember the Lord, their obligations to him, and rebellion against him. True penitents see sin to be that abominable thing which the Lord hates. Those who truly loathe sin, loathe themselves because of sin. They give glory to God by their repentance. Whatever brings men to remember Him, and their sins against him, should be regarded as a blessing.

Verses 11-14 It is our duty to be affected, not only with our own sins and sufferings, but to look with compassion upon the miseries wicked people bring upon themselves. Sin is a desolating thing; therefore, stand in awe, and sin not. If we know the worth of souls, and the danger to which unbelievers are exposed, we shall deem every sinner who takes refuge in Jesus from the wrath to come, an abundant recompence for all contempt or opposition we may meet with.

Cross References 39

  • 1. See Ezekiel 2:1
  • 2. Ezekiel 13:17; Ezekiel 20:46; Ezekiel 21:2; Ezekiel 25:2; Ezekiel 28:21; Ezekiel 29:2; Ezekiel 35:2; Ezekiel 38:2; [Luke 9:51]
  • 3. Ezekiel 19:9; Ezekiel 33:28; Ezekiel 34:13, 14; Ezekiel 35:12; Ezekiel 36:1, 4, 8; Ezekiel 37:22; Ezekiel 38:8; Ezekiel 39:2, 4, 17
  • 4. Ezekiel 37:4, 9; Ezekiel 38:2
  • 5. Ezekiel 36:1, 4
  • 6. Ezekiel 36:4, 6
  • 7. [ver. 13]
  • 8. [Ezekiel 31:12; Isaiah 57:5, 6]
  • 9. Leviticus 26:30
  • 10. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 11. See 2 Chronicles 14:5
  • 12. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 13. [2 Kings 23:14, 16]
  • 14. Ezekiel 12:20; [Isaiah 27:10]
  • 15. [ver. 3, 4]
  • 16. [See ver. 4 above]
  • 17. Ezekiel 12:16; Ezekiel 14:22
  • 18. Ezekiel 7:16
  • 19. Ezekiel 16:61; Ezekiel 20:43; Ezekiel 36:31; Leviticus 26:39, 40
  • 20. [Jeremiah 23:9]
  • 21. See Exodus 34:15
  • 22. Ezekiel 16:61; Ezekiel 20:43; Ezekiel 36:31; Leviticus 26:39, 40
  • 23. [Numbers 23:19]
  • 24. [Ezekiel 21:14, 17]
  • 25. [Ezekiel 25:6]
  • 26. See Ezekiel 5:12
  • 27. [Ezekiel 7:15]
  • 28. See Ezekiel 5:13
  • 29. [ver. 4, 5]
  • 30. [Ezekiel 20:28]
  • 31. Hosea 4:13
  • 32. Jeremiah 2:20
  • 33. Isaiah 1:29
  • 34. Ezekiel 16:19; Ezekiel 20:28; Genesis 8:21
  • 35. Ezekiel 25:7, 13, 16; Ezekiel 35:3; Isaiah 5:25
  • 36. Ezekiel 33:28
  • 37. [ver. 6]
  • 38. [Numbers 34:11]
  • 39. See ver. 7

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or and punished
  • [b]. Some Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts Diblah

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains a prophecy of the desolation of the whole land of Israel, and a promise that a remnant should escape, with a lamentation for the sad destruction, signified by some gestures of the prophet. The order to the prophet to deliver out the prophecy is in Eze 6:1,2; the several parts of the land of Israel or Judea, to which the prophecy is directed, are signified by mountains, hills, rivers, and valleys, on which the sword should be brought, Eze 6:3; the desolation is described, and the cause of it suggested, the idolatry of the people, Eze 6:4-7; the promise of a remnant that should escape, who should remember the Lord, loath themselves for their sins, acknowledge him, and that his word was not in vain, is in Eze 6:8-10; the lamentation, signified by the prophet's smiting with his hand, and stamping with his foot, for the sins of the people, and the judgments that should come upon them, is in Eze 6:11; a particular enumeration of these judgments follows, and of the places where they should be executed, Eze 6:12; the end of them was to bring them to the knowledge and acknowledgment of the Lord, against whom they had sinned and offended by their idolatry, as the places where their slain fell would show, Eze 6:13; and the chapter is concluded with a resolution to bring this desolation on them, Eze 6:14.

Ezekiel 6 Commentaries

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