Commentary on
Ezekiel 7:20-24

The Temple Profaned  

7:20  As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.
7:21  And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.
7:22  My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.
7:23  Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
7:24  Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

Commentary on
7:20-22 [16 September 2007]: This verse has nothing to do with the temple, as the header added to the KJV text assumes, but rather is a continuation of the previous verse.
        This whole passage [
7:19-22] is better translated in the Tanakh: “Their silver and gold shall not avail to save them in the day of Yehuveh’s wrath—to satisfy their hunger or to fill their stomachs. Because they made them stumble into guilt—for out of their beautiful adornments, in which they took pride, they made their images and their detestable abominations—therefore I will make them an unclean thing to them. I will give them as spoil to strangers, and as plunder to the wicked of the earth; and they shall defile them. I will turn My face from them, and My treasures shall be defiled; ruffians shall invade it and defile it.”
        We need to understand this point. Those so devoted to gaining wealth at any cost will one day see its utter worthlessness.
“For Elohim giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner He giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before Elohim.” Those who choose Yehuveh’s ways eventually gain everything—peace, righteousness and the accumulation of wealth—while those to seek only the wealth of this world end up discarding even that. Ecclesiastes 2:26.

Commentary on 7:23-24 [16 September 2007]: “Make a chain,” is literally, “make a fastening,” that is, fasten the promoted violence on those who propigated it. The nation of Israel has chosen violent reprisals for every attack on their nation, and the provications they chose to administer will bring back on their own heads “the worst of the heathen.” Nothing in the land of Israel will be valued or sacred to those who come in to “possess their houses” and defile “their holy places.”

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:            
16 September 2007
Latest Update:                   16 September 2007

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