|Punishment for Wickedness Foretold
7:1 Moreover the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying,
7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith Yehuveh Elohim unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
7:3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.
7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am Yehuveh.
7:5 Thus saith Yehuveh Elohim; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.
7:6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.
7:7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.
7:8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am Yehuveh that smiteth.
Commentary on 7:1-4 [16 September 2007]: There can be no mistaking what Yehuveh is saying nor to whom. He is clearly bringing Israel, as it now exists, to an end. This certainty is repeated in this language in verses 2, 3, and 6, and in variant language in verses 4, 7, 9-10, 12, 22, 25-26.
This termination is repeatedly stated to be “according to thy ways,” and “recompense upon thee” for “all thine abominations.” [Ezekiel 7:4, 8-9, 27; 11:10-11; 16:38; 18:30; 33:20; 34:20-22; 36:19.]
Regarding the expression “shall know that I am Yehuveh” see notes on Ezekiel 6:10.
Commentary on 7:5 [16 September 2007]: We have ample illustration of the evil here predicted. In the days of Ahab “Yehuveh Elohim of Israel” warned, “Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.” Near the end of their captivity, Daniel acknowledged “He hath confirmed His words, which He spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.” 2 Kings 21:12; Daniel 9:12.
Commentary on 7:6-8 [16 September 2007]: “The end” this time is truly the end of Israel in their apostasy. The “acceptable year of Yehuveh,” the year Israel’s debt is fully paid, is about to come [7 April 2008 - 26 March 2009], and Yehuveh must “consume all things from off the land,” and “lay the land most desolate” in preparation for the full restoration of true Israel to their promised homeland. The time has come “to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.” Isaiah 61:1-2; Zephaniah 1:2; Ezekiel 33:28; Daniel 9:24.
Commentary on 7:9 [16 September 2007]: Regarding the expression “shall know that I am Yehuveh” see notes on Ezekiel 6:10. In the very sternness and intensity of this judgment Israel will know exactly why Yehuveh has had to deal thus with them.
Originally Written: 16 September 2007
Latest Update: 16 September 2007
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