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Verses of Ezekiel 5

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Ezekiel 5:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

1. a sharp knife ] lit. sword. The term may suggest the devouring divine sword, ch. Eze 21:8 seq.

take thee a barber’s rasor ] With R.V., as a barber’s razor shalt thou take it unto thee. Two weapons are not to be taken, the sword is to be used as a razor. Isaiah (ch. Isa 7:20) had already said: “In that day shall the Lord shave with the razor that is hired, even with the king of Assyria, the beard and the hair of the feet.” The land is likened to a man; the enemy sweeps off the population clean as the razor does the hair of the body.

balances to weigh ] The divine justice is accurate, assigning to each part its destined chastisement; Jer 15:2, “Such as are for death to death; and such as are for the sword to the sword; and such as are for the famine to the famine; and such as are for the captivity to the captivity.”

Ch. Eze 5:1-4. Symbol shewing the fate of the population during the siege and after it, and their dispersion among the nations

The prophet is commanded to take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor. With this he is to shave off the hair of his head and beard. He is then to take balances in order accurately to weigh the hair into three parts. One third is to be burned in the fire within the city; a second third to be cut to pieces with the sword round about the city; and the last third is to be strewn to all the winds, and pursued by the sword. Of these last a few were to be taken and bound in the skirts of the prophet’s garment; though of these again some were to be thrown into the fire and consumed. The sense of the symbol is clear; a third part of the population shall be consumed by pestilence and famine within the city ( Eze 5:12); a third shall fall by the sword round about the city, on its capture; and a third shall be scattered among all nations, pursued by the sword. Of these a few shall meantime escape, but shall be subjected anew to consuming judgments.

Second Section. Ch. Eze 3:22 to Eze 7:27

The second section of the Book contains these parts:

(1) Ch. Eze 3:22-27. A preface in which the prophet is commanded to confine himself to his own house, and abandon for a time his public ministry.

(2) Ch. Eze 4:1-4. A series of symbols representing the siege of Jerusalem, the scarcity during it, the pollution of the people in exile among the nations, and the terrible fate of the inhabitants on the capture of the city.

(3) Ch. Eze 5:5-17. Exposition of these symbols.

(4) Ch. 6. Prophecy against the mountains of Israel, the seats of Idolatry.

(5) Ch. 7. Dirge over the downfall of the state.

Verses of Ezekiel 5

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Consult other comments:

Ezekiel 5:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ezekiel 5:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ezekiel 5:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Ezekiel 5:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Ezekiel 5:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Ezekiel 5:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 5:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 5:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Ezekiel 5:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Ezekiel 5:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Ezekiel 5:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 5:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Ezekiel 5:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Ezekiel 5:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

Ezekiel 5:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Ezekiel 5:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Ezekiel 5:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Ezekiel 5:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Ezekiel 5:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Ezekiel 5:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Ezekiel 5:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Ezekiel 5:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Ezekiel 5:1 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

Ezekiel 5:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ezekiel 5:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Ezekiel 5:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ezekiel 5:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Ezekiel 5:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ezekiel 5:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges