Ezekiel 44:22

22 They must not marry widows or divorced women; they may marry only virgins of Israelite descent or widows of priests.

Read Ezekiel 44:22 Using Other Translations

Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.
They shall not marry a widow or a divorced woman, but only virgins of the offspring of the house of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest.
They may choose their wives only from among the virgins of Israel or the widows of the priests. They may not marry other widows or divorced women.

What does Ezekiel 44:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 44:22

Neither shall they take for their wives a widow
Who has been not only another man's, but at her own will, and done her own pleasure, and been her own mistress, and so not easily brought into subjection, and to behave as becoming her station: or her that is put away;
or, "thrust forth" F17; out of doors; whose husband has given her a bill of divorce; since she may be suspected of having done some ill thing: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel;
virgins, and not of the families of unconverted persons, who have been brought up in an irreligious way, but of godly families, and who have had a religious education: or a widow that had a priest before:
and so used to religious exercises, and to the manner of living of such persons. All good men should be careful whom they marry, and especially ministers of the Gospel; who are here supposed and allowed to marry, contrary to the church of Rome, which forbids her priests to marry. It is observed by some, and with great propriety, that in the latter days antichristian churches will be disowned; and that godly faithful ministers will become pastors, and take the care of such churches, who are like a chaste virgin espoused to Christ, and such who have had faithful pastors over them before. This seems to refer to the law concerning the marriage of the high priest, ( Leviticus 21:13 Leviticus 21:14 ) , and what is there enjoined him is here enjoined all the priests of the Lord; and therefore, as Kimchi rightly observes, this is a new rule respecting future times.


F17 (hvwdg) "expulsam", Montanus, Heb; "ejectam", Piscator.
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