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Ezekiel 20:45 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. Eze 20:45 to Eze 21:32. The avenging sword of the Lord

The passage Eze 20:45-49 belongs to ch. 21 (as in Heb.). The time to which the chapter is to be assigned is the early period of Nebuchadnezzar’s movements westwards. The prophet foresees the coming desolation of Israel by the conqueror, which he expresses under the figure of a devouring fire, consuming all indiscriminately. The passage has two divisions, ch. Eze 20:45 to Eze 21:27, and Eze 21:28-32.

First division. Eze 20:45 to Eze 21:27.

(1) Eze 20:45-49. A conflagration shall be lighted in the forest of the south, which shall consume all, the green tree and the dry.

(2) Eze 21:1-5. Explanation: the sword of the Lord shall be on Jerusalem and her sanctuaries, and on the land of Israel. Righteous and wicked shall perish; and men shall know that the Lord hath drawn his sword.

(3) Eze 20:6-7. Agitation of the prophet at the thought of the coming desolation: so shall all men be agitated and confounded.

(4) Eze 20:8-17. Song of the sword the sword of the Lord whetted and furbished against Jerusalem.

(5) Eze 20:18-27. He who is the sword or wields it, the king of Babylon. The prophet returning to the point from which he started represents the king of Babylon hesitating whether to march against Ammon or Jerusalem. He consults the oracle and the lot comes out “Jerusalem.”

Eze 20:45-49. Figure of a forest in which a great conflagration is kindled. The fire is unquenchable ( Eze 20:47-48), it devours all alike, the green tree and the dry ( Eze 20:47); all faces from north to south shall be scorched by it ( Eze 20:47); and all flesh shall see that it is the hand of the Lord which has kindled so great a flame ( Eze 20:48).

Consult other comments:

Ezekiel 20:45 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Ezekiel 20:45 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ezekiel 20:45 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ezekiel 20:45 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Ezekiel 20:45 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Ezekiel 20:45 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 20:45 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 20:45 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Ezekiel 20:45 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ezekiel 20:45 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 20:45 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Ezekiel 20:45 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Ezekiel 20:45 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Ezekiel 20:45 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Ezekiel 20:45 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Ezekiel 20:45 - Grant's Numerical Bible Notes and Commentary

Ezekiel 20:45 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Ezekiel 20:45 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Ezekiel 20:45 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Ezekiel 20:45 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Ezekiel 20:45 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Ezekiel 20:45 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 20:45 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ezekiel 20:45 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Ezekiel 20:45 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ezekiel 20:45 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges