Ezekiel 12

Rebellious people to prepare for captivity; dig through the wall 1
Explain that you are a sign to them 8
Eating and drinking with fear 17
Proverb about vision failing to be laid to rest 21
Vision is not for the distant future 26
Text Comments
.1 ¶ The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,
 2  Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
 3  Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.
 4  Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
  2 - Eyes to see This expression of rebellion is seen elsewhere in the Bible de2904, je0521, re1309, re0207.
  2 - See not King Zedekiah would be taken to Babylon and have his eyes gouged out 2ki2505-7.
  3 - Stuff or "baggage." The captors would not hire a moving van nor would they dependably provide water and food.
.5  Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.
 6  In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.
 7  And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.
  5 - Dig through This would have taken supernatural strength or an angel could have helped. Compare ez0807.
  6 - Twilight From 'alatah meaning "darkness" or "to cover" or "twilight."
  6 - Cover thy face Notice that Ezekiel was to be "a sign." The people of the city were to understand how they should escape from the city before its destruction or what would happen when they were taken captive.
  7 - Brought forth my stuff The prophet continues to show the coming trouble for the city.
.8  And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
 9  Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
 10  Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.
 11  Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.
.12  And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.
  9 - House of Israel "House" in the sense of family or nation. Compare ex4038.

  9 Son of man, has not Israel, the uncontrolled people, said to you, What are you doing? (BBE)
  10 You are to say to them, This is what the Lord has said: This word has to do with the ruler in Jerusalem and all the children of Israel in it. (BBE)

.13  My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
 14  And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.
 15  And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.
 16  But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
  13 - Bring ... not see it Jeremiah recorded the fulfillment. je3204.
17 ¶ Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
 18  Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;
 19  And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.
 20  And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
21 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 22  Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
 23  Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.
.24  For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.
 25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
  21 - First of five messages about false prophecy
  22 - Proverb ... days prolonged ... vision faileth This is an excuse to avoid responsibility or to deny a call from God. Compare lu1245, ec0811, 2pe0303,4.
.26  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
 27  Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
 28  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.
  27 - Vision ... for many days to come Second message. Professed belief, but prophecies to be fulfilled later. mt2445.
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