Ezekiel 7

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The Day of the Wrath of the Lord

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "And you, 1O son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: 2An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.[a]
3 Now 3the end is upon you, and 4I will send my anger upon you; 5I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.
4 6And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but 7I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. 8Then you will know that I am the LORD.
5 "Thus says the Lord GOD: Disaster 9after disaster![b] Behold, it comes.
6 10An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes.
7 11Your doom[c] has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. 12The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not 13of joyful shouting on the mountains.
8 Now I will soon 14pour out my wrath upon you, and 15spend my anger against you, 16and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.
9 17And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. 18Then you will know that I am the LORD, who strikes.
10 19"Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! 20Your doom has come; 21the rod has blossomed; pride has budded.
11 22Violence has grown up into 23a rod of wickedness. 24None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them.[d]
12 25The time has come; the day has arrived. Let not 26the buyer rejoice, nor 27the seller mourn, 28for wrath is upon all their multitude.[e]
13 For 29the seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. 30For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life.[f]
14 "They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but none goes to battle, 31for my wrath is upon all their multitude.
15 32The sword is without; pestilence and famine are within. 33He who is in the field dies by the sword, 34and him who is in the city famine and pestilence devour.
16 35And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like 36doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, each one over his iniquity.
17 37All hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water.
18 38They put on sackcloth, and 39horror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and 40baldness on all their heads.
19 They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. 41Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. 42For it was 43the stumbling block of their iniquity.
20 44His beautiful ornament they used for pride, and 45they made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore 46I make it an unclean thing to them.
21 And I will give it into the hands of 47foreigners for prey, 48and to the wicked of the earth for spoil, and 49they shall profane it.
22 I will turn my face from them, and 50they shall profane my treasured[g] place. Robbers shall enter 51and profane it.
23 52"Forge a chain![h]53For the land is full of bloody crimes 54and the city is full of violence.
24 I will bring 55the worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. 56I will put an end to the pride of the strong, 57and their holy places[i] shall be profaned.
25 58When anguish comes, 59they will seek peace, but there shall be none.
26 60Disaster comes upon disaster; 61rumor follows rumor. 62They seek a vision from the prophet, while 63the law[j] perishes from the priest and 64counsel from the elders.
27 The king mourns, the prince is wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land are paralyzed by terror. According to their way 65I will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, 66and they shall know that I am the LORD."

Ezekiel 7 Commentary

Chapter 7

The desolation of the land. (1-15) The distress of the few who should escape. (16-22) The captivity. (23-27)

Verses 1-15 The abruptness of this prophecy, and the many repetitions, show that the prophet was deeply affected by the prospect of these calamities. Such will the destruction of sinners be; for none can avoid it. Oh that the wickedness of the wicked might end before it bring them to an end! Trouble is to the impenitent only an evil, it hardens their hearts, and stirs up their corruptions; but there are those to whom it is sanctified by the grace of God, and made a means of much good. The day of real trouble is near, not a mere echo or rumour of troubles. Whatever are the fruits of God's judgments, our sin is the root of them. These judgments shall be universal. And God will be glorified in all. Now is the day of the Lord's patience and mercy, but the time of the sinner's trouble is at hand.

Verses 16-22 Sooner or later, sin will cause sorrow; and those who will not repent of their sin, may justly be left to pine away in it. There are many whose wealth is their snare and ruin; and the gaining the world is the losing of their souls. Riches profit not in the day of wrath. The wealth of this world has not that in it which will answer the desires of the soul, or be any satisfaction to it in a day of distress. God's temple shall stand them in no stead. Those are unworthy to be honoured with the form of godliness, who will not be governed by its power.

Verses 23-27 Whoever break the bands of God's law, will find themselves bound and held by the chains of his judgments. Since they encouraged one another to sin, God would dishearten them. All must needs be in trouble, when God comes to judge them according to their deserts. May the Lord enable us to seek that good part which shall not be taken away.

Cross References 66

  • 1. See Ezekiel 2:1
  • 2. Lamentations 4:18; [Isaiah 10:23]
  • 3. [See ver. 2 above]
  • 4. See ver. 8
  • 5. See Ezekiel 18:30
  • 6. See Ezekiel 5:11
  • 7. Ezekiel 9:10; Ezekiel 11:21; Ezekiel 16:43; Ezekiel 22:31
  • 8. See Ezekiel 6:7
  • 9. [Ezekiel 5:9]
  • 10. [See ver. 2 above]
  • 11. ver. 10
  • 12. Zephaniah 1:14, 15; [Ezekiel 12:23]
  • 13. [Jeremiah 25:30]
  • 14. Ezekiel 9:8; Ezekiel 14:19; Ezekiel 20:8, 13, 21, 33, 34; Ezekiel 22:22; Ezekiel 36:18
  • 15. See Ezekiel 5:13
  • 16. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 17. [See ver. 4 above]
  • 18. [Ezekiel 6:7]
  • 19. [ver. 2]
  • 20. ver. 7
  • 21. [Isaiah 10:5; Isaiah 14:5]
  • 22. [ver. 23]
  • 23. [See ver. 10 above]
  • 24. [Ezekiel 17:13]
  • 25. [See ver. 7 above]
  • 26. [Isaiah 24:2; 1 Corinthians 7:29, 30]
  • 27. [Isaiah 24:2; 1 Corinthians 7:29, 30]
  • 28. ver. 14
  • 29. Leviticus 25:13, 14
  • 30. See Ezekiel 9:8-10
  • 31. ver. 12
  • 32. [Ezekiel 6:12; Lamentations 1:20]
  • 33. Jeremiah 14:18
  • 34. Jeremiah 14:18
  • 35. Ezekiel 6:8
  • 36. [Isaiah 38:14]
  • 37. Ezekiel 21:7; Isaiah 13:7; Jeremiah 6:24
  • 38. Isaiah 15:2, 3; Lamentations 2:10
  • 39. Psalms 55:5
  • 40. See Isaiah 3:24
  • 41. Proverbs 11:4; Zephaniah 1:18
  • 42. [1 Timothy 6:10]
  • 43. Ezekiel 14:3, 4, 7; Ezekiel 44:12
  • 44. [Isaiah 64:11]
  • 45. [Ezekiel 16:17]; See Ezekiel 8:5-16
  • 46. [Ezekiel 9:7; Ezekiel 24:21; Ezekiel 25:3]
  • 47. See Ezekiel 28:7
  • 48. [ver. 24; Ezekiel 23:46]
  • 49. [See ver. 20 above]
  • 50. [See ver. 20 above]
  • 51. [See ver. 20 above]
  • 52. [Jeremiah 27:2]
  • 53. Ezekiel 8:17; Ezekiel 9:9; Ezekiel 11:6; Ezekiel 22:3, 4; Jeremiah 6:7
  • 54. [ver. 11]
  • 55. [ver. 21; Habakkuk 1:6, 13]
  • 56. [ver. 11]
  • 57. See ver. 20
  • 58. [ver. 2]
  • 59. [Jeremiah 6:14; Jeremiah 8:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:3]
  • 60. [Jeremiah 4:20]
  • 61. See Job 1:16-19
  • 62. [Ezekiel 20:1, 3; Psalms 74:9]
  • 63. [Malachi 2:7]
  • 64. [1 Kings 12:6]
  • 65. [ver. 4]
  • 66. See Ezekiel 6:7

Footnotes 10

  • [a]. Or earth
  • [b]. Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Syriac, Targum); most Hebrew manuscripts Disaster! A unique disaster!
  • [c]. The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; also verse 10
  • [d]. The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain
  • [e]. Or abundance; also verses 13, 14
  • [f]. The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain
  • [g]. Or secret
  • [h]. Probably refers to an instrument of captivity
  • [i]. By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew and those who sanctify them
  • [j]. Or instruction

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains a prophecy of the speedy destruction of the Jews, as being just at hand; of the particular judgments that should come upon them; of the horror that should seize them, and the distress that all ranks of men among them should be in, a few only escaping, who are described as in mournful circumstances. The destruction in general is denounced as being very near; the end being come, which is often repeated; and as it is represented as sudden, so without mercy; which is declared, Eze 7:1-14; the particular judgments, sword, pestilence, and famine, are mentioned in Eze 7:15, and the few that should escape are compared to mourning doves, Eze 7:16; the trembling, horror, and shame that should be upon all, are intimated in Eze 7:17,18; the unprofitableness of their gold and silver to deliver them, and the unsatisfying nature of these things, are expressed, Eze 7:19; the profanation and destruction of their temple are prophesied of, Eze 7:20-22; and for their murder, rapine, and oppression, it is threatened that their houses should be possessed by the worst of Heathens, and their holy places defiled; and one calamity should come upon another; when their application to prophets, priests, and ancient men for counsel, would be in, vain, Eze 7:23-26; and king, prince, and people, should be in the most melancholy and distressed circumstances, Eze 7:27.

Ezekiel 7 Commentaries

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