Ezekiel 7

The End Has Come

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: “ ‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land!
3 The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.
4 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “ ‘Then you will know that I am the LORD.’
5 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘Disaster! Unheard-of[a] disaster! See, it comes!
6 The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. See, it comes!
7 Doom has come upon you, upon you who dwell in the land. The time has come! The day is near! There is panic, not joy, on the mountains.
8 I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.
9 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “ ‘Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes you.
10 “ ‘See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed!
11 Violence has arisen,[b]a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, none of that crowd— none of their wealth, nothing of value.
12 The time has come! The day has arrived! Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
13 The seller will not recover the property that was sold— as long as both buyer and seller live. For the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve their life.
14 “ ‘They have blown the trumpet, they have made all things ready, but no one will go into battle, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
15 Outside is the sword; inside are plague and famine. Those in the country will die by the sword; those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague.
16 The fugitives who escape will flee to the mountains. Like doves of the valleys, they will all moan, each for their own sins.
17 Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.
18 They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Every face will be covered with shame, and every head will be shaved.
19 “ ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin.
20 They took pride in their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols. They made it into vile images; therefore I will make it a thing unclean for them.
21 I will give their wealth as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile it.
22 I will turn my face away from the people, and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure. They will enter it and will defile it.
23 “ ‘Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.
24 I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated.
25 When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain.
26 Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end.
27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. “ ‘Then they will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

Ezekiel 7 Commentary

Chapter 7

The desolation of the land. (1-15) The distress of the few who should escape. (16-22) The captivity. (23-27)

Verses 1-15 The abruptness of this prophecy, and the many repetitions, show that the prophet was deeply affected by the prospect of these calamities. Such will the destruction of sinners be; for none can avoid it. Oh that the wickedness of the wicked might end before it bring them to an end! Trouble is to the impenitent only an evil, it hardens their hearts, and stirs up their corruptions; but there are those to whom it is sanctified by the grace of God, and made a means of much good. The day of real trouble is near, not a mere echo or rumour of troubles. Whatever are the fruits of God's judgments, our sin is the root of them. These judgments shall be universal. And God will be glorified in all. Now is the day of the Lord's patience and mercy, but the time of the sinner's trouble is at hand.

Verses 16-22 Sooner or later, sin will cause sorrow; and those who will not repent of their sin, may justly be left to pine away in it. There are many whose wealth is their snare and ruin; and the gaining the world is the losing of their souls. Riches profit not in the day of wrath. The wealth of this world has not that in it which will answer the desires of the soul, or be any satisfaction to it in a day of distress. God's temple shall stand them in no stead. Those are unworthy to be honoured with the form of godliness, who will not be governed by its power.

Verses 23-27 Whoever break the bands of God's law, will find themselves bound and held by the chains of his judgments. Since they encouraged one another to sin, God would dishearten them. All must needs be in trouble, when God comes to judge them according to their deserts. May the Lord enable us to seek that good part which shall not be taken away.

Cross References 55

  • 1. Amos 8:2,10
  • 2. Revelation 7:1; Revelation 20:8
  • 3. Ezekiel 18:30
  • 4. S Genesis 6:13
  • 5. S Jeremiah 13:14; S Ezekiel 5:11
  • 6. S Ezekiel 5:11; Ezekiel 23:49
  • 7. S 2 Kings 21:12
  • 8. Ezekiel 39:8
  • 9. S Job 18:20; S Isaiah 2:12; Amos 5:18-20
  • 10. Ezekiel 12:23; Ezekiel 30:3; Zephaniah 1:14; Malachi 3:2
  • 11. Isaiah 42:25; Ezekiel 9:8; Ezekiel 14:19; Ezekiel 22:22; Hosea 5:10; Nahum 1:6
  • 12. Ezekiel 20:8,21; Ezekiel 36:19
  • 13. S Jeremiah 21:7; S Ezekiel 5:11
  • 14. Ezekiel 22:31
  • 15. Deuteronomy 32:35; S Psalms 39:10; S Isaiah 9:13
  • 16. Psalms 89:32; Isaiah 10:5
  • 17. S Psalms 55:9; S Isaiah 58:4
  • 18. Jeremiah 16:6; Zephaniah 1:18
  • 19. S Isaiah 24:2
  • 20. ver 7; Isaiah 5:13-14; Ezekiel 30:3
  • 21. Leviticus 25:24-28
  • 22. S Job 39:24
  • 23. Jeremiah 25:38
  • 24. S Deuteronomy 32:25; Jeremiah 14:18; S Lamentations 1:20; S Ezekiel 5:12; Ezekiel 33:27
  • 25. S Isaiah 10:20; S Jeremiah 41:16; Jeremiah 42:17
  • 26. S Genesis 8:8; S Isaiah 59:11
  • 27. S Ezra 9:15; Jeremiah 9:19; S Ezekiel 6:8
  • 28. S 2 Kings 19:26; S Jeremiah 47:3; Isaiah 13:7; Ezekiel 21:7; Ezekiel 22:14
  • 29. Daniel 5:6
  • 30. S Jeremiah 4:8; Jeremiah 48:37; Jeremiah 49:3
  • 31. S Psalms 55:5
  • 32. S Isaiah 15:2-3; Ezekiel 27:31; Amos 8:10
  • 33. S Lamentations 4:1
  • 34. Zephaniah 2:25">Isa 4Zephaniah 2:25; Ezekiel 13:5; Ezekiel 30:3; Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1; Zephaniah 1:7,18; Zephaniah 2:2
  • 35. Isaiah 55:2
  • 36. Ezekiel 3:20; Ezekiel 14:3; Hosea 4:5
  • 37. S Proverbs 11:4
  • 38. S Jeremiah 10:3
  • 39. S Ezekiel 5:11; Jeremiah 7:30
  • 40. S Isaiah 2:20; Isaiah 30:22; Ezekiel 16:17
  • 41. S Numbers 14:3
  • 42. S 2 Kings 24:13
  • 43. S Jeremiah 2:27; Ezekiel 39:23-24
  • 44. Psalms 74:7-8; Jeremiah 19:13; S Lamentations 2:7
  • 45. S 2 Kings 21:16; S Isaiah 1:15; S Ezekiel 22:9
  • 46. S Genesis 6:11; Ezekiel 11:6
  • 47. Lamentations 2:7; Ezekiel 24:21
  • 48. 2 Chronicles 7:20; Ezekiel 28:7
  • 49. Jeremiah 6:14; S Jeremiah 8:11; Ezekiel 13:10,16
  • 50. S Deuteronomy 29:21; S Deuteronomy 31:17; Jeremiah 4:20
  • 51. S 1 Samuel 3:1
  • 52. Isaiah 47:11; S Jeremiah 18:18; Ezekiel 20:1-3; Amos 8:11; Micah 3:6
  • 53. S Psalms 109:19; Ezekiel 26:16
  • 54. S Isaiah 3:11; Ezekiel 18:20
  • 55. S ver 4

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac "Disaster after"
  • [b]. Or "The violent one has become"

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL 7

This chapter contains a prophecy of the speedy destruction of the Jews, as being just at hand; of the particular judgments that should come upon them; of the horror that should seize them, and the distress that all ranks of men among them should be in, a few only escaping, who are described as in mournful circumstances. The destruction in general is denounced as being very near; the end being come, which is often repeated; and as it is represented as sudden, so without mercy; which is declared, Eze 7:1-14; the particular judgments, sword, pestilence, and famine, are mentioned in Eze 7:15, and the few that should escape are compared to mourning doves, Eze 7:16; the trembling, horror, and shame that should be upon all, are intimated in Eze 7:17,18; the unprofitableness of their gold and silver to deliver them, and the unsatisfying nature of these things, are expressed, Eze 7:19; the profanation and destruction of their temple are prophesied of, Eze 7:20-22; and for their murder, rapine, and oppression, it is threatened that their houses should be possessed by the worst of Heathens, and their holy places defiled; and one calamity should come upon another; when their application to prophets, priests, and ancient men for counsel, would be in, vain, Eze 7:23-26; and king, prince, and people, should be in the most melancholy and distressed circumstances, Eze 7:27.

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