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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: Ezekiel 5

Chapter 5

And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.


In this expressive emblem, the prophet represents the Jewish nation; his hair, the people; the razor, the Chaldeans; the cutting of the hair, the calamities and disgrace coming upon them; the balances, the exact distribution of the Divine judgments; the third part of the hair burnt, those destroyed in the city; the third part smitten with a knife, those slain in attempting to escape; the third part scattered to the winds, those who escaped to other countries; the few hairs in his skirt, those left with Gedaliah; and the burning of these, their destruction in Egypt.


44:20 Leviticus 21:5 Isaiah 7:20


Daniel 5:27

Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.

shalt burn

12 Jeremiah 9:21,22 15:2 24:10 38:2

the city


I will draw

12 12:14 Leviticus 26:33 Jeremiah 9:16 Amos 9:2,3

Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

a few

2 Kings 25:12 Jeremiah 39:10 40:6 52:16 Matthew 7:14 Luke 13:23,24 1 Peter 4:18


Heb. wings.

Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.


2 Kings 25:25 Jeremiah 41:1-44 52:30

shall a fire

Jeremiah 4:4 48:45

Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.


4:1 Jeremiah 6:6 Luke 22:19,20 1 Corinthians 10:4

I have

16:14 Deuteronomy 4:6 Micah 5:7 Matthew 5:14

And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.

she hath

16:47 Deuteronomy 32:15-21 2 Kings 17:8-20 Psalms 106:20 Romans 1:23-25 1 Corinthians 5:1 Jude 1:4

for they

Nehemiah 9:16,17 Psalms 78:10 Jeremiah 5:3 8:5 9:6 11:10 Zechariah 7:11

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;

neither have done

11 16:47,48,54 2 Kings 21:9-11 2 Chronicles 33:9 Jeremiah 2:10,11

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.

even I

15:7 21:3 26:3 28:22 35:3 39:1 Leviticus 26:17-46 Deuteronomy 29:20 Jeremiah 21:5,13 Lamentations 2:5 3:3 Zechariah 14:2,3 Matthew 22:7

in the

25:2-6 26:2 29:6,7 35:10-15 Deuteronomy 29:23-28 1 Kings 9:8,9 Jeremiah 22:8,9 Jeremiah 24:9 50:7 Lamentations 2:15-17

And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.

that which

Lamentations 4:6,9 Daniel 9:12 Amos 3:2 Matthew 24:21 The sentence here passed upon Jerusalem is very dreadful, and the manner of expression makes it yet more so: the judgments are various, the threatenings of them varied, reiterated; so that one may well say, Who is able to stand in God's sight when he is angry?

Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.

the fathers

Leviticus 26:29 Deuteronomy 28:53-57,64 2 Kings 6:29 Isaiah 9:20 49:26 Jeremiah 19:9 Lamentations 2:20 4:10

the whole

2,12 6:8 12:14 20:23 22:15 36:19 Leviticus 26:33 Deuteronomy 4:27 28:64 Deuteronomy 32:26 Nehemiah 1:8 Psalms 44:11 Jeremiah 9:16 44:12 50:17 Amos 9:9 Zechariah 2:6 Zechariah 7:14 Luke 21:24

Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.

as I live

Numbers 14:28-35 Psalms 95:11 Amos 8:7 Hebrews 6:13

thou hast

8:5,6,16 23:28 44:7 2 Kings 21:4,7 23:12 2 Chronicles 33:4,7 36:14 Jeremiah 7:9-11 32:34


7:20 11:18,21 Deuteronomy 7:25,26 Jeremiah 16:18 44:4

will I

29:15 Psalms 107:39 Jeremiah 10:24 *marg:; Romans 11:12

neither shall

7:4,9 8:18 9:5,10 24:14 Deuteronomy 29:20 Lamentations 2:21 Zechariah 11:6 Malachi 3:17 Romans 8:32 11:21 2 Peter 2:4,5

A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

third part of

2 6:12 Jeremiah 15:2 21:9 Zechariah 13:7-9

and I will scatter

2,10 6:8 Jeremiah 9:16 Zechariah 7:14

and I will draw

This was particularly fulfilled in the destruction of those who retired to Egypt; and has been remarkably verified in the many persecutions and miseries which the Jews have suffered at different times, in the various countries into which they are dispersed.

2 12:14 Leviticus 26:33 Deuteronomy 28:65 Jeremiah 42:16,17,22 43:10,11 44:27 Amos 9:4

Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.

shall mine

6:12 7:8 13:15 20:8,21 Jeremiah 25:12 Lamentations 4:11,22 Daniel 9:2 11:36

I will cause

16:42,63 21:17 23:25 24:13 Isaiah 1:21

I will be

Deuteronomy 32:36 Isaiah 1:24 Zechariah 6:8


6:10 36:5,6 38:18,19 Isaiah 9:7 59:17

Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.

I will

22:4 Leviticus 26:31,32 Deuteronomy 28:37 2 Chronicles 7:20,21 Nehemiah 2:17 Psalms 74:3-10 Psalms 79:1-4 Isaiah 64:10,11 Jeremiah 19:8 24:9,10 42:18 Lamentations 1:4,8 Lamentations 2:15-17 5:18 Micah 3:12

the nations

Verse 15

So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.

an instruction

Deuteronomy 29:24-28 1 Kings 9:7 Psalms 79:4 Isaiah 26:9 Jeremiah 22:8,9 1 Corinthians 10:11


25:17 Isaiah 66:15,16 Nahum 1:2

When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:

the evil

Deuteronomy 32:23,24 Psalms 7:13 91:5-7 Lamentations 3:12

and will

4:16 14:13 Leviticus 26:26 2 Kings 6:25 Isaiah 3:1

So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

and evil

14:15,21 33:27 34:25-28 Exodus 23:29 Leviticus 26:22 Deuteronomy 32:24 2 Kings 17:25 Jeremiah 15:3

and pestilence

12 14:19 38:22

and I

6:12 21:3 23:47

I the

13,15 17:21,24 21:32 22:14 26:14 30:12 37:14 Matthew 24:35