Ezekiel 24

Jerusalem as a Cooking Pot

1 In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.
3 Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.
4 Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces—the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;
5 take the pick of the flock. Pile wood beneath it for the bones; bring it to a boil and cook the bones in it.
6 “ ‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘Woe to the city of bloodshed, to the pot now encrusted, whose deposit will not go away! Take the meat out piece by piece in whatever order it comes.
7 “ ‘For the blood she shed is in her midst: She poured it on the bare rock; she did not pour it on the ground, where the dust would cover it.
8 To stir up wrath and take revenge I put her blood on the bare rock, so that it would not be covered.
9 “ ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘Woe to the city of bloodshed! I, too, will pile the wood high.
10 So heap on the wood and kindle the fire. Cook the meat well, mixing in the spices; and let the bones be charred.
11 Then set the empty pot on the coals till it becomes hot and its copper glows, so that its impurities may be melted and its deposit burned away.
12 It has frustrated all efforts; its heavy deposit has not been removed, not even by fire.
13 “ ‘Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.
14 “ ‘I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.’ ”

Ezekiel’s Wife Dies

15 The word of the LORD came to me:
16 “Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes. Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears.
17 Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners.”
18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.
19 Then the people asked me, “Won’t you tell us what these things have to do with us? Why are you acting like this?”
20 So I said to them, “The word of the LORD came to me:
21 Say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary—the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection. The sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.
22 And you will do as I have done. You will not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners.
23 You will keep your turbans on your heads and your sandals on your feet. You will not mourn or weep but will waste away because of[a] your sins and groan among yourselves.
24 Ezekiel will be a sign to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.’
25 “And you, son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes, their heart’s desire, and their sons and daughters as well—
26 on that day a fugitive will come to tell you the news.
27 At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent. So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the LORD.”

Ezekiel 24 Commentary

Chapter 24

The fate of Jerusalem. (1-14) The extent of the sufferings of the Jews. (15-27)

Verses 1-14 The pot on the fire represented Jerusalem besieged by the Chaldeans: all orders and ranks were within the walls, prepared as a prey for the enemy. They ought to have put away their transgressions, as the scum, which rises by the heat of the fire, is taken from the top of the pot. But they grew worse, and their miseries increased. Jerusalem was to be levelled with the ground. The time appointed for the punishment of wicked men may seem to come slowly, but it will come surely. It is sad to think how many there are, on whom ordinances and providences are all lost.

Verses 15-27 Though mourning for the dead is a duty, yet it must be kept under by religion and right reason: we must not sorrow as men that have no hope. Believers must not copy the language and expressions of those who know not God. The people asked the meaning of the sign. God takes from them all that was dearest to them. And as Ezekiel wept not for his affliction, so neither should they weep for theirs. Blessed be God, we need not pine away under our afflictions; for should all comforts fail, and all sorrows be united, yet the broken heart and the mourner's prayer are always acceptable before God.

Cross References 53

  • 1. S Ezekiel 8:1; Ezekiel 26:1; Ezekiel 29:17
  • 2. Isaiah 30:8; Habakkuk 2:2
  • 3. 2 Kings 25:1; S Jeremiah 39:1; Jeremiah 52:4
  • 4. S Isaiah 1:2; S Ezekiel 2:3,6
  • 5. S Ezekiel 17:2; Ezekiel 20:49
  • 6. Jeremiah 1:13; S Ezekiel 11:3
  • 7. S Ezekiel 11:7
  • 8. S Isaiah 34:12; Jeremiah 52:10
  • 9. Jeremiah 52:24-27; Micah 3:2-3
  • 10. S Ezekiel 16:23
  • 11. S Ezekiel 22:2
  • 12. S Job 6:27; Joel 3:3; Obadiah 1:11; Nahum 3:10
  • 13. S Ezekiel 11:11
  • 14. S Leviticus 17:13
  • 15. Jeremiah 21:10; Ezekiel 22:15
  • 16. S Isaiah 22:14
  • 17. Jeremiah 6:28-30; Lamentations 1:9; S Ezekiel 16:42; Ezekiel 22:24; Ezekiel 23:36-49; Hosea 7:1; Zechariah 6:8
  • 18. Ezekiel 22:14
  • 19. S Numbers 11:23
  • 20. S Ezekiel 8:18
  • 21. S Job 27:22
  • 22. Ezekiel 36:19; Zechariah 8:14
  • 23. S Isaiah 3:11; S Ezekiel 18:30
  • 24. S Psalms 39:10
  • 25. ver 21; Psalms 84:1; S Lamentations 2:4
  • 26. Jeremiah 13:17; Jeremiah 16:5; S Jeremiah 22:10
  • 27. Psalms 39:9
  • 28. S Exodus 28:39; S Isaiah 3:20
  • 29. S Isaiah 20:2
  • 30. S Leviticus 13:45
  • 31. ver 22; S Jeremiah 16:7
  • 32. S Ezekiel 12:7
  • 33. Ezekiel 12:9; Ezekiel 37:18
  • 34. S Leviticus 26:31; S Ezekiel 7:24
  • 35. S Leviticus 26:19
  • 36. S ver 16; Psalms 27:4
  • 37. S Ezekiel 23:25
  • 38. Jeremiah 7:14,15; Ezekiel 23:47; Hosea 9:12,16; Malachi 2:12
  • 39. S Leviticus 13:45
  • 40. Jeremiah 16:7
  • 41. S Exodus 28:39; S Isaiah 3:20
  • 42. S Isaiah 20:2
  • 43. Exodus 33:4; Job 27:15
  • 44. S Leviticus 26:16
  • 45. Psalms 78:64
  • 46. Ezekiel 1:3
  • 47. S Isaiah 20:3; Ezekiel 4:3; Ezekiel 12:11
  • 48. S Lamentations 2:4
  • 49. S Psalms 20:4
  • 50. Deuteronomy 28:32; Jeremiah 11:22
  • 51. S 1 Samuel 4:12; Job 1:15-19
  • 52. Daniel 10:15
  • 53. S Ezekiel 3:26; Ezekiel 33:22

Footnotes 1

Chapter Summary


Is this chapter the destruction of the city and temple of Jerusalem is prophesied of; the former under the parable of a boiling pot; the latter is represented by the sudden death of Ezekiel's wife. The time of this prophecy was that very day the king of Babylon began the siege of Jerusalem, Eze 24:1,2, the parable of the boiling pot, Eze 24:3-5, the explanation and application of it to the city of Jerusalem, Eze 24:6-14, the prophet is told of the death of his wife, and bid not to mourn on that account, which accordingly came to pass, Eze 24:15-18, upon the people's inquiring what these things meant, he informs them that hereby was signified the profanation of the temple; and that their distress should be so great, that they should not use any set forms of mourning, but pine away and die, Eze 24:19-24, and the chapter is closed with assuring the prophet, that the day these things should come to pass, a messenger should be sent him, to whom he should open his mouth, and be no more dumb, Eze 24:25-27.

Ezekiel 24 Commentaries

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