Ezekiel 9

Listen to Ezekiel 9

Idolaters Killed

1 Then he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying, "Bring near the executioners of the city, 1each with his destroying weapon in his hand."
2 And behold, six men came from the direction of 2the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand, and with them was 3a man clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. And they went in and stood beside 4the bronze altar.
3 Now 5the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to 6the threshold of the house. And he called to 7the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his waist.
4 And the LORD said to him, "Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and 8put a mark on the foreheads of the men who 9sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it."
5 And to 10the others he said in my hearing, "Pass through the city after him, and strike. 11Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity.
6 12Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but 13touch no one on whom is the mark. And 14begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the house.
7 Then he said to them, 15"Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out." So they went out and struck in the city.
8 And while they were striking, and I was left alone, 16I fell upon my face, and cried, 17"Ah, Lord GOD! 18Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel 19in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?"
9 Then he said to me, 20"The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. 21The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For 22they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.'
10 As for me, 23my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; 24I will bring their deeds upon their heads."
11 And behold, 25the man clothed in linen, with the writing case at his waist, brought back word, saying, "I have done as you commanded me."

Ezekiel 9 Commentary

Chapter 9

A vision denoting the destruction of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the departure of the symbol of the Divine presence.

Verses 1-4 It is a great comfort to believers, that in the midst of destroyers and destructions, there is a Mediator, a great High Priest, who has an interest in heaven, and in whom saints on earth have an interest. The representation of the Divine glory from above the ark, removed to the threshold, denoted that the Lord was about to leave his mercy-seat, and to pronounce judgment on the people. The distinguishing character of this remnant that is to be saved, is such as sigh and cry to God in prayer, because of the abominations in Jerusalem. Those who keep pure in times of general wickedness, God will keep safe in times of general trouble and distress.

Verses 5-11 The slaughter must begin at the sanctuary, that all may see and know that the Lord hates sin most in those nearest to him. He who was appointed to protect, reported the matter. Christ is faithful to the trust reposed in him. Is he commanded by his Father to secure eternal life to the chosen remnant? He says, Of all that thou hast given me, I have lost none. If others perish, and we are saved, we must ascribe the difference wholly to the mercy of our God, for we too have deserved wrath. Let us still continue to plead in behalf of others. But where the Lord shows no mercy he does no injustice; he only recompenses men's ways.

Cross References 25

  • 1. [Ezekiel 43:3]
  • 2. 2 Kings 15:35; Jeremiah 20:2
  • 3. Ezekiel 10:2, 6, 7; Daniel 10:5; Daniel 12:6, 7
  • 4. [Ezekiel 8:16]
  • 5. See Ezekiel 1:28
  • 6. Ezekiel 10:4, 18; Ezekiel 46:2; Ezekiel 47:1
  • 7. [See ver. 2 above]
  • 8. Revelation 3:12; Revelation 7:3; Revelation 9:4; Revelation 14:1; Revelation 22:4; [Exodus 12:7; Revelation 13:16, 17; Revelation 14:9; Revelation 20:4]
  • 9. [Ps. 119:53, 136, 158]
  • 10. [ver. 2]
  • 11. See Ezekiel 5:11
  • 12. [2 Chronicles 36:17]
  • 13. [Revelation 9:4]
  • 14. See Jeremiah 25:29
  • 15. Ezekiel 7:21, 22
  • 16. Ezekiel 11:13; [Numbers 14:5]
  • 17. See Ezekiel 4:14
  • 18. Ezekiel 11:13
  • 19. See Ezekiel 7:8
  • 20. See 2 Chronicles 36:14-16
  • 21. See Ezekiel 7:23
  • 22. See Ezekiel 8:12
  • 23. See Ezekiel 5:11
  • 24. See Ezekiel 7:4
  • 25. Ezekiel 10:2, 6, 7; Daniel 10:5; Daniel 12:6, 7

Chapter Summary


In this chapter is contained a vision, representing the destruction of the idolatrous Jews, and the preservation of the godly that were among them, in which different persons were employed; they that were concerned in the destruction of the idolaters are described by their office; they had charge over the city; by their form and appearance, men; by their number, six; by the quarter from whence they came, the way of the higher gate northward; and by the weapons they had in their hands, slaughter ones; and by their place and posture, standing beside the brasen altar, Eze 9:1,2; among these were one clothed in linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side; to whom the glorious God of Israel, who was removed from the cherub to the threshold of the house, gave orders to go through the city of Jerusalem, and mark those that mourned over the abominations of it, Eze 9:3,4; and the rest he ordered to go through the city, and slay all of every age, and sex, and state, except those that had the mark; beginning at the sanctuary, and filling the courts with the slain; which orders were obeyed, Eze 9:5-7; upon which the prophet expostulates with the Lord, and intercedes for the people; but is not heard, because of the abounding of iniquity among them; their frequent shedding of blood; their perversion of justice; and their abominable infidelity and atheism; for which reasons he was determined to show them no mercy, Eze 9:8-10; and the chapter is closed with a report made by the man clothed with linen, that he had done as was commanded him, Eze 9:11.

Ezekiel 9 Commentaries

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