Ezekiel 22:20

20 As silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are gathered into a furnace to be melted with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.

Read Ezekiel 22:20 Using Other Translations

As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you.
Just as silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin are melted down in a furnace, I will melt you down in the heat of my fury.

What does Ezekiel 22:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 22:20

As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin,
into the midst of the furnace
As refiners of metal do; though not together, as here, but each metal apart. Silver is here mentioned, to denote that those who were truly good should suffer in this calamity, and be tried and purified by it: to blow the fire upon it, and to melt it;
the metal being covered with fuel, this is kindled and blown upon, to cause the greater heat, in order to melt it down; expressive of the wrath of God, as follows: so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury;
from the several parts of the land unto the city of Jerusalem: this they thought was for their good and safety, but it was in wrath, and in order to ruin: and I will leave you there, and melt you;
that is, I will leave you in the city of Jerusalem, to the sword, famine, and pestilence, to be destroyed by them; or with fire at the burning of the city: or, "I will rest" F7; as the refiner does; having put his metal into the furnace, and blown the fire, sits still till all is melted.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 (ytxnhw) "et requiescam", Mercerus; "et requiescere faciam", Paguinus, Montanus, Vatablus.
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