Ezekiel says the destruction of the Israel was caused by her idolatry.
VERSE 1. The LORD’s word came to me, saying,
set your face. This phrase denotes direction, with hostile intentions.
Ezekiel is the instrument of divine judgment, and he is being aimed at the intended target.
VERSE 3. and say, ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! The Lord GOD says to the mountains and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys: “Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places.
NLT translation. Proclaim this message from the Sovereign Lord against the mountains of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills and to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring war upon you, and I will smash your pagan shrines.
against the mountains of Israel. Even the topography receives a Word of prophecy from the LORD God.
your high places. These were places where they sacrificed to idols.
VERSE 4. Your altars will become desolate, and your incense altars will be broken. I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
VERSE 5. I will lay the dead bodies of the children of Israel before their idols. I will scatter your bones around your altars.
VERSE 6. In all your dwelling places, the cities will be laid waste and the high places will be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
VERSE 7. The slain will fall among you, and you will know that I am the LORD.
VERSE 8. “ ‘ “Yet I will leave a remnant, in that you will have some that escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries.
I will leave a remnant. The Bible describes a uniquely faithful group of believers called “the remnant.” Are they Jewish or Christians? Now or in the future? Who are they really? Read more »
VERSE 9. Those of you that escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken with their lewd heart, which has departed from me, and with their eyes, which play the prostitute after their idols. Then they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
their lewd heart. Or “their adulterous hearts” (NAB translation).
they will loathe themselves. This is because they finally realize the terrible things they have done.
VERSE 10. They will know that I am the LORD. I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them.” ’
VERSE 11. “The Lord GOD says: ‘Strike with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, “Alas!” Because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel; for they will fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Strike with your hand. Clapping your hands was evidently a sign of mourning.
stamp with your foot. Evidently this too was a sign of mourning.
VERSE 12. He who is far off will die of the pestilence. He who is near will fall by the sword. He who remains and is besieged will die by the famine. Thus I will accomplish my wrath on them.
VERSE 13. You will know that I am the LORD, when their slain men are among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where they offered pleasant aroma to all their idols.
VERSE 14. I will stretch out my hand on them, and make the land desolate and waste, from the wilderness toward Diblah, throughout all their habitations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’ ”
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