Ezekiel 33:1-6

Renewal of Ezekiel’s Call as Watchman

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman,
3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people,
4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head.
5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves.
6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

Ezekiel 33:1-6 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter treats of the prophet's duty, and the people's sins; contains a vindication of the justice of God; a threatening of destruction to those who remained in the land after the taking of the city; and a detection of the hypocrisy of the prophet's hearers. The duty of a watchman in general is declared, Eze 33:1-6, an application of this to the prophet, Eze 33:7: the sum of whose business is to warn the wicked man of his wickedness; and the consequence of doing, or not doing it, is expressed, Eze 33:8,9, an objection of the people, and the prophet's answer to it, Eze 33:10,11, who is bid to acquaint them, that a righteous man trusting to his righteousness, and sinning, should not live; and that a sinner repenting of his sins should not die, Eze 33:12-16, the people's charge of inequality in the ways of God is retorted upon them, and removed from the Lord, and proved against them, Eze 33:17-20, then follows a prophecy, delivered out after the news was brought of the taking of the city, threatening with ruin those that remained in the land, confident of safety, and that for their sins, which are particularly enumerated, Eze 33:21-29, and the chapter is closed with a discovery of the hypocrisy of those that attended the prophet's ministry, Eze 33:30-33.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Leviticus 26:25; S Jeremiah 12:12
  • 2. S 1 Samuel 14:16; Isaiah 21:6-9; S Jeremiah 51:12; Ezekiel 3:11
  • 3. S Exodus 20:18; S Numbers 10:7; Hosea 5:8; Hosea 8:1
  • 4. 2 Chronicles 25:16
  • 5. S Leviticus 20:9; S Jeremiah 6:17; Ezekiel 18:13; Zechariah 1:4; Acts 18:6
  • 6. S Leviticus 20:9
  • 7. S Exodus 9:21
  • 8. Isaiah 56:10-11; S Ezekiel 3:18
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