Ezekiel 11:1-14

Judgment on Wicked Counselors

1 1The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to 2the east gate of the house of the LORD, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were 3twenty-five men. And I saw among them Jaazaniah 4the son of Azzur, and 5Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
2 And he said to me, 6"Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city;
3 7who say, 8'The time is not near[a] to build houses. 9This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.'
4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man."
5 And 10the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, "Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. 11For I know the things that come into your mind.
6 12You have multiplied your slain in this city and have filled its streets with the slain.
7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 13Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, 14they are the meat, and 15this city is the cauldron, but you shall be brought out of the midst of it.
8 16You have feared the sword, and I will bring the sword upon you, declares the Lord GOD.
9 And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and 17give you into the hands of foreigners, and 18execute judgments upon you.
10 19You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, 20and you shall know that I am the LORD.
11 21This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel,
12 and you shall know that I am the LORD. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, 22but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you."
13 And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, 23that 24Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. 25Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, 26"Ah, Lord GOD! 27Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?"

Israel's New Heart and Spirit

14 And the word of the LORD came to me:

Ezekiel 11:1-14 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL 11

This chapter contains an account of the sins of the princes of Judah; a prophecy of their destruction; some comfortable, promises respecting those of the captivity; and the chapter is closed with the finishing of the vision of the Lord's removing from Jerusalem; and the whole being ended, the prophet related it to the men of the captivity. In Eze 11:1; the prophet, is shown five and twenty men, among whom were two he knew, and are mentioned by name, and were princes of the people; and he is told that these men devised mischief, and gave bad advice to the people, Eze 11:2,3; wherefore he is bid to prophesy against them, Eze 11:4; which he accordingly did, the Spirit of the Lord falling upon him, Eze 11:5; declaring that their secret evils were known, as well as their public ones; and that, seeing they had multiplied their slain, and had feared the sword, the sword should come upon them; some should fall by it, and others should be carried captive; the consequence of which would be, that God would be known, and his justice acknowledged, it being what their sins deserved, Eze 11:6-12; upon this prophecy being delivered out, one of the princes before named died immediately; which filled the prophet with great concern, and put him upon expostulating with God, Eze 11:13; wherefore, for his comfort, he is told, that though the inhabitants of Jerusalem had insulted their brethren that were carried captive, and looked upon the land of Israel as their own possession, that God would be a little sanctuary to them; that he would gather them out of all lands, and give them the land of Israel; that they should come thither, and remove all idolatry from it, and should have regenerating and renewing grace given them, to walk in the statutes and ordinances of the Lord, by which they should appear to be his people, and he to be their God, Eze 11:14-20; but as for such that continued in their abominable idolatries, these should receive a just recompence of reward, Eze 11:21; after which follows an account of the entire removal of the glory of the Lord from the city of Jerusalem, Eze 11:22,23; and the prophet being, in vision, brought again to Chaldea, reports the whole he had seen to them of the captivity, Eze 11:24,25.

Ezekiel 11:1-14 In-Context

1 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the LORD, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. And I saw among them Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
2 And he said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city;
3 who say, 'The time is not near to build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.'
4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man."
5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, "Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind.
6 You have multiplied your slain in this city and have filled its streets with the slain.
7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the meat, and this city is the cauldron, but you shall be brought out of the midst of it.
8 You have feared the sword, and I will bring the sword upon you, declares the Lord GOD.
9 And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you.
10 You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
11 This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel,
12 and you shall know that I am the LORD. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you."
13 And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?"
14 And the word of the LORD came to me:
15 "Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.'
16 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.'
17 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.'
18 And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations.

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Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or Is not the time near... ?