[Ezekiel 22:1] MOREOVER THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 22:2] NOW, THOU SON OF MAN, WILT THOU JUDGE, WILT THOU JUDGE
THE BLOODY CITY? YEA, THOU SHALT SHEW HER ALL HER ABOMINATIONS.
This is speaking of Jerusalem according to the simple meaning of the
address. Jerusalem on a spiritual level represents the heart of the twelve
tribes of Israel. It is the place that in a sense they will all return to
and have representative portions within. The future temple in Temple will
have twelve gates around it, one for each tribe as Ezekiel describes further
[Ezekiel 22:3] THEN SAY THOU, THUS SAITH THE LORD
GOD, THE CITY SHEDDETH BLOOD IN THE MIDST OF IT, THAT HER TIME MAY COME,
AND MAKETH IDOLS AGAINST HERSELF TO DEFILE HERSELF.
[Ezekiel 22:4] THOU ART BECOME GUILTY IN THY BLOOD THAT THOU HAST SHED;
AND HAST DEFILED THYSELF IN THINE IDOLS WHICH THOU HAST MADE; AND THOU HAST
CAUSED THY DAYS TO DRAW NEAR, AND ART COME EVEN UNTO THY YEARS: THEREFORE
HAVE I MADE THEE A REPROACH UNTO THE HEATHEN, AND A MOCKING TO ALL COUNTRIES.
At a higher level the State of Israel, the USA, and the UK are one
entity. The heathen feel this. They feel that by attacking Israel they can
get at the USA. This is not just fancy for they themselves, through their
wise men and commentators, say as much. They condemn us for defending ourselves
against scumbag murderers and despise us when we do not do so.
[Ezekiel 22:5] THOSE THAT BE NEAR, AND THOSE THAT BE FAR FROM THEE, SHALL MOCK THEE, WHICH ART INFAMOUS AND MUCH VEXED.
All the world is interested in us, for good or bad. Open a newspaper,
anyplace in the world, chances are that the front page contains an article
about Israel or the USA.
[Ezekiel 22:6] BEHOLD, THE PRINCES OF ISRAEL, EVERY ONE WERE IN THEE TO THEIR POWER TO SHED BLOOD.
[Ezekiel 22:7] IN THEE HAVE THEY SET LIGHT BY FATHER AND MOTHER: IN THE
MIDST OF THEE HAVE THEY DEALT BY OPPRESSION WITH THE STRANGER: IN THEE HAVE
THEY VEXED THE FATHERLESS AND THE WIDOW.
You must honor your father and mother and must encourage others to
do the same. IN THEE HAVE THEY VEXED THE FATHERLESS AND THE WIDOW: People
who are weak and vulnerable should not be exploited or taken advantage of.
This seems obvious but in different ways without being really aware of it
we are all liable to slip up on this point, and on other points.
[Ezekiel 22:8] THOU HAST DESPISED MINE HOLY THINGS, AND HAST PROFANED MY SABBATHS.
[Ezekiel 22:9] IN THEE ARE MEN THAT CARRY TALES TO SHED BLOOD: AND
IN THEE THEY EAT UPON THE MOUNTAINS: IN THE MIDST OF THEE THEY COMMIT LEWDNESS.
<<IN THEE ARE MEN THAT CARRY TALES TO SHED BLOOD>>: Capable
of several interpretations but on the whole one should not gossip or spread
bad reports about people, even when true unless there is great necessity
such as need for protection, etc.
<<EAT UPON THE MOUNTAINS>>: refers
to a type of idol worship practiced in ancient times. In modern terms the
nearest thing would be to “go out on the town”.
[Ezekiel 22:10] IN THEE HAVE THEY DISCOVERED THEIR
FATHERS' NAKEDNESS: IN THEE HAVE THEY HUMBLED HER THAT WAS SET APART FOR
<<THAT WAS SET APART FOR POLLUTION>>: One should avoid
sexual intercourse even with one’s wife at the time of menstruation and shortly
after (Leviticus 20:18). There are good health reasons for this injunction,
apart from spiritual and psychological considerations.
[Ezekiel 22:11] AND ONE HATH COMMITTED ABOMINATION
WITH HIS NEIGHBOUR'S WIFE; AND ANOTHER HATH LEWDLY DEFILED HIS DAUGHTER IN
LAW; AND ANOTHER IN THEE HATH HUMBLED HIS SISTER, HIS FATHER'S DAUGHTER.
The prophet is condemning Israel because of adultery, illegal relations
that undermine family life, and physical incest. Most prostitutes were the
victims of incest. Many cases of incest, according to the reports of sociologists
in Israel, amongst lower-income socially-deprived groups, are triggered off
by pornography on the TV. This is probably true all over the world. Pornography
is bad no matter what anybody says. It has bad effects. A good deal of entertainment
today has elements of what in the recent past would have been considered
pornography. Entertainment can have therapeutic
and educational value. We all have to find our own road but no-one can deny responsibility.
Illicit intercourse is against the wishes of God as expressed in the Bible.
It is bad for society and bad for those who practice it. The Bible however
does distinguish between various degrees of offence. Some things are worse
[Ezekiel 22:12] IN THEE HAVE THEY TAKEN GIFTS TO SHED
BLOOD; THOU HAST TAKEN USURY AND INCREASE, AND THOU HAST GREEDILY GAINED
OF THY NEIGHBOURS BY EXTORTION, AND HAST FORGOTTEN ME, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
Things like those described happen all over the Israelite countries.
We tolerate abortions, euthanasia (officially or unofficially), and close
our eyes to violence and crime. Our police forces are often corrupt or simply
forced to look the other way concerning certain spheres of activity.It also
depends how one looks at things. On the one hand most people are still basically
decent and well-meaning most of the time. On the other hand a lot of failings
Take present-day Jerusalem and the State of Israel. On the one hand
compared to international standards violence and crime in general are relatively
low but they do occur and in some areas are quite scandalous. Arab terrorists
kill Jews but they were enabled to do so because some Jews gave them guns
and gave them a framework to work from. Who knows whether on some level of
consciousness these people knew what they were doing? Perhaps, in the eyes
of God they too may be judged as murderers? How liable can we be for the
mistakes we make? Maybe it depends upon us? If we repent maybe all our mistakes
can be corrected and even converted into good points? And if we do not repent
then maybe even our mistakes are counted as deliberate bad deeds? as expressions
of the evil part of our selves?
<<AND HAST FORGOTTEN ME, SAITH THE LORD GOD>>: This is perhaps
the bottom line. In the comfort of our homes we can pat ourselves on the
back and say that we would not give into temptation but when placed in the
front line we
may not be so brave. Nobody is perfect. If we try and remember God then chances are that HE will remember us and lead us onward.
[Ezekiel 22:13] BEHOLD, THEREFORE I HAVE SMITTEN MINE
HAND AT THY DISHONEST GAIN WHICH THOU HAST MADE, AND AT THY BLOOD WHICH HATH
BEEN IN THE MIDST OF THEE.
[Ezekiel 22:14] CAN THINE HEART ENDURE, OR CAN THINE HANDS BE STRONG,
IN THE DAYS THAT I SHALL DEAL WITH THEE? I THE LORD HAVE SPOKEN IT, AND WILL
[Ezekiel 22:15] AND I WILL SCATTER THEE AMONG THE HEATHEN, AND DISPERSE
THEE IN THE COUNTRIES, AND WILL CONSUME THY FILTHINESS OUT OF THEE.
[Ezekiel 22:16] AND THOU SHALT TAKE THINE INHERITANCE IN THYSELF IN
THE SIGHT OF THE HEATHEN, AND THOU SHALT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD.
<<AND THOU SHALT TAKE THINE INHERITANCE IN THYSELF IN THE SIGHT
OF THE HEATHEN>>: The words translated here as “TAKE THINE INHERITANCE
IN THYSELF” in Hebrew are : “VeNichalta Bach” which can also mean “you will
tremble”, or “be profaned”, or “become sickened” - “in yourself” .
[Ezekiel 22:17] AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 22:18] SON OF MAN, THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL IS TO ME BECOME DROSS:
ALL THEY ARE BRASS, AND TIN, AND IRON, AND LEAD, IN THE MIDST OF THE FURNACE;
THEY ARE EVEN THE DROSS OF SILVER.
[Ezekiel 22:19] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BECAUSE YE ARE ALL
BECOME DROSS, BEHOLD, THEREFORE I WILL GATHER YOU INTO THE MIDST OF JERUSALEM.
[Ezekiel 22:20] AS THEY GATHER SILVER, AND BRASS, AND IRON, AND LEAD,
AND TIN, INTO THE MIDST OF THE FURNACE, TO BLOW THE FIRE UPON IT, TO MELT
IT; SO WILL I GATHER YOU IN MINE ANGER AND IN MY FURY, AND I WILL LEAVE YOU
THERE, AND MELT YOU.
[Ezekiel 22:21] YEA, I WILL GATHER YOU, AND BLOW UPON YOU IN THE FIRE OF MY WRATH, AND YE SHALL BE MELTED IN THE MIDST THEROF.
[Ezekiel 22:22] AS SILVER IS MELTED IN THE MIDST OF THE FURNACE, SO
SHALL YE BE MELTED IN THE MIDST THEREOF; AND YE SHALL KNOW THAT I THE LORD
HAVE POURED OUT MY FURY UPON YOU.
[Ezekiel 22:23] AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 22:24] SON OF MAN, SAY UNTO HER, THOU ART THE LAND THAT IS NOT CLEANSED, NOR RAINED UPON IN THE DAY OF INDIGNATION.
[Ezekiel 22:25] THERE IS A CONSPIRACY OF HER PROPHETS
IN THE MIDST THEREOF, LIKE A ROARING LION RAVENING THE PREY; THEY HAVE DEVOURED
SOULS; THEY HAVE TAKEN THE TREASURE AND PRECIOUS THINGS; THEY HAVE MADE HER
MANY WIDOWS IN THE MIDST THEREOF.
<<A CONSPIRACY OF HER PROPHETS… THEY HAVE MADE HER MANY WIDOWS
IN THE MIDST THEREOF>>: All the do-gooders and nice boys that left
evil unpunished for “moral” reasons and castrated our manhood will have brought
disaster upon all of us. We too will bear responsibility for having listened
to these people who did not act according to the Biblical injunctions.
[Ezekiel 22:26] HER PRIESTS HAVE VIOLATED MY LAW,
AND HAVE PROFANED MINE HOLY THINGS: THEY HAVE PUT NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
HOLY AND PROFANE, NEITHER HAVE THEY SHEWED DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UNCLEAN
AND THE CLEAN, AND
HAVE HID THEIR EYES FROM MY SABBATHS, AND I AM PROFANED AMONG THEM.
The Law must be kept by those who are obligated by it. Descendants
of the Lost Ten Tribes should also return unto the Law but when, and how,
and to what degree is for the course of time and wiser men than we, that
have the Will of God before them, to decide upon
[Ezekiel 22:27] HER PRINCES IN THE MIDST THEREOF ARE
LIKE WOLVES RAVENING THE PREY, TO SHED BLOOD, AND TO DESTROY SOULS, TO GET
<<PRINCES>>: Eisemann (Artscroll) quotes from Rabbi S.R.
Hirsch that “prince” in Hebrew is “Nasi”. This word can also mean “cloud”.
A prince should be like a cloud that receives moisture from the ground and
returns it in a manner that brings growth and blessing.In modern Hebrew the
word for “President” is “Nasi” which literally means “Prince”. We could transpose
the transl;ation and read the first verse “HER Presidents IN THE MIDST THEREOF
ARE LIKE WOLVES RAVENING THE PREY”. On the other hand the present “President”
of the USA appears to be a good, God-fearing Israelite leader.
[Ezekiel 22:28] AND HER PROPHETS HAVE DAUBED THEM
WITH UNTEMPERED MORTER, SEEING VANITY, AND DIVINING LIES UNTO THEM, SAYING,
THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD, WHEN THE LORD HATH NOT SPOKEN.
[Ezekiel 22:29] THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND HAVE USED OPPRESSION, AND EXERCISED
ROBBERY, AND HAVE VEXED THE POOR AND NEEDY: YEA, THEY HAVE OPPRESSED THE
[Ezekiel 22:30] AND I SOUGHT FOR A MAN AMONG THEM, THAT SHOULD MAKE
UP THE HEDGE, AND STAND IN THE GAP BEFORE ME FOR THE LAND, THAT I SHOULD
NOT DESTROY IT: BUT I FOUND NONE.
[Ezekiel 22:31] THEREFORE HAVE I POURED OUT MINE INDIGNATION UPON THEM;
I HAVE CONSUMED THEM WITH THE FIRE OF MY WRATH: THEIR OWN WAY HAVE I RECOMPENSED
UPON THEIR HEADS, SAITH THE LORD GOD.