‘Behold, the day! Any idol, made contrary to the Mosaic Law was offensive to God; and the placement of such an abomination within the sacred precincts of the Temple itself was an outrageous desecration. Next » Chapter 9. He said unto me, Go in, and see the wicked abominations that they do here. viii. Ezekiel 6:1 " And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, " This is Ezekiel speaking. There, in the inner court of the temple, was prepared a place for some base idol. Chapters 8-11 are one literary unit (cf. The love-tale infected Zion's daughters with like heat, Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch. Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 8 ... Menachem (p. 79) explained: “and behold they send the disgrace into their nose” is a matter of disgrace and shame; and according to his explanation, He compares the aroma of their censers and (Ezek. The heads of the twenty-four courses of the sacred priesthood, led by the High priest, making up the "twenty five men" mentioned here, were not only worshipping the sun, but they were doing so in the very temple of God, with their backs turned upon the sacred temple of Jehovah! How surprising it is that the image of God's glory Should have been visible at all in the Temple. This *vision continues from chapter 8 to chapter 11. Although some modern literalists explain this vision as spacecraft, it has a much deeper meaning. "And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. "[11] Nevertheless, it appears in this vision that the worship was taking place in the Temple. “Ezekiel was to play the part of an exile, reenacting a scene all the exiles had painfully experienced when led from their land. even the great abominations that the house of Israel do commit here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? Usury refers to interest on loans. While smooth Adonis, from his native rock, Ran purple to the sea, suffused with blood, Of Thammuz, yearly wounded. Chapter 8 God, having given the prophet a clear foresight of the people’s miseries that were hastening on, here gives him a clear insight into the people’s wickedness, by which God was provoked to bring these miseries upon them, that he might justify God in all his judgments, might the more particularly reprove the sins of the people, and with the more satisfaction foretel their … I might add that some imagine the image of jealousy to be a personification of idolatry itself. The prophet, being left alone among the dead, fell on his face, and made intercession for the people. Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me. Canon Cook stated that "The great popularity of this ancient cult rested in the fact that it inevitably led to unbridled license and excess. This is the substance of the eleventh chapter. "They are committing great abominations here to drive me from my sanctuary. Five and twenty men - These most probably represented the twenty-four courses of the priests, with the high priest for the twenty-fifth. The first thing Ezekiel witnessed was the presence of Previous Next . So I went in and saw; and behold, every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold, northward of the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entrance. This is the sum and intent of the vision in these four chapters. Usher, was the sixth year of Ezekiel's captivity. Going thence to the court of the people, he sees through an opening in the wall seventy elders of the people, who were worshipping all sorts of beasts and reptiles, which were painted on the wall. This vision is a foreshadowing of the Babylonian attack in 586 BC. : -. Then I beheld, and, lo, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his loins and downward, fire, and from his loins and upward, as the appearance of brightness, as it were glorying metal. It was here called "the image of jealousy," because of God's reaction to it. "The image of jealousy ..." (Ezekiel 8:3). Immorality and idolatry are inseparable twins throughout the history of the world."[16]. formed part of the rites. "[17], "They put the branch to the nose ..." (Ezekiel 8:17). Idolatry in the Temple 8 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, … There are almost as many guesses as to the identity of this idol as there are authors discussing it; but we should not overlook the fact that the identity of the idol is immaterial. Tammuz signifies hidden or obscure, and hence the worship of his image was in some secret place. There, Ezekiel saw how wicked the people had become. vv. The worship of such idols was vile, licentious, depraved and disgusting. It intimated that the fire of Divine wrath, which kindles judgment … The prophet then proceeds to describe the three principal superstitions of this unhappy people: the Egyptian, Ezekiel 8:6-12, the Phoenician, Ezekiel 8:13, Ezekiel 8:14, and the Persian, Ezekiel 8:15, Ezekiel 8:16; giving the striking features of each, and concluding with a declaration of the heinousness of their sins in the sight of God, and the consequent greatness of their punishment, Ezekiel 8:17, Ezekiel 8:18. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O Son of man? He appeared to them in a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, the very presence of God, He nurtured Israel in the wilderness providing food and water. "[9] God's removing his presence from the Jewish Temple is the principal theme of Ezekiel 8-11. ", THE WORSHIP OF BEASTS; REPTILES AND CREEPING THINGS, The best comment we have found on this is in Romans 1:22-23. There are four abominations mentioned in the balance of the chapter, where they appear in an ascending order of offensiveness to God. Ezekiel 18:9 "Hath walked in my statutes, and … - Paradise Lost, 1:446. Chapter 8. These are the general contents of the ninth chapter. There were a number of men of this name in the Bible, and one of them had aided in the reforms of Josiah. Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel [was] there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.. Ver. The whole was presented in vision to the prophet. ", "In the sixth year ..." (Ezekiel 8:1). (1) There is presented in chapter 8 a detail on the horrible defilement of God's temple by apostate Israel, which God forewarns will … Having for some time mourned him as dead, they then supposed him revivified and broke out into the most extravagant rejoicings. "[20] "Many scholars favor the translation of this place as, `They send a stench to my nostrils. Ezekiel chapter 8 1611 KJV (King James Version) 1 And it came to passe in the sixt yeere, in the sixt moneth, in the fift day of the month, as I sate in mine house, and the elders of Iudah sate before me; that the hand of the Lord God fell there vpon me.. 2 Then I beheld, and loe, a likenesse as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loines euen downeward, fire: and from … Chapter 8 The cult apparently had its variations in several nations. "[2] For a list of all the dates given in Ezekiel, see our introduction. There sat women weeping for Tammuz - This was Adonis, as we have already seen; and so the Vulgate here translates. [Acts 7:2] {See Trapp on "Acts 7:2 "} Was there,] scil., At the inner gate, where that image of jealousy stood. These chapters are part of a series of prophecies continuing through chapter 19. ; and it featured numerous combinations, contradictions and uncertainties. Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 8 « Previous Chapter 7. The people want Ezekiel to explain exactly, what is going on. About the same time he saw six men come from the higher gate with swords in their hands; and among them, one with an ink-horn. The glory of God returns (chapter 43), sacrifices are resumed (chapters 44–46), and the land is restored to the people of Israel (chapters 47–48). Show content in: English Both Hebrew. This, and all that follows, to the end of Ezekiel 8:16, was done in vision only, as appears from the expression here used: and brought me in the visions of God, &c. — In a similar manner, it was represented to the Prophet Elisha’s mind, (2 Kings 5:26,) what Gehazi was doing when he took the presents from … Chapter 8. We may see from all this what induced the Lord to abandon his people, his city, and his temple; the abominations of the people in public and in private. It is in fact the four cherubim that cover the throne of God and by the symbols show the entire plan of salvation and the role of the nation Israel, … L’Exagoge d’Ezéchiel le Tragique. Usher, was the sixth year of Ezekiel's captivity. 9-14 — God prepares Ezekiel for the resistance of his people. The period of mourning, usually forty days, ended with Tammuz' triumphant return to life. They had come to the *prophet in order to hear from the *Lord. For the seller shall not return to what has been sold, Though he may still be alive; For the vision concern… Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark? There he saw the glory of God (Ezekiel 8:4): Behold, the glory of the god of Israel was there, the same appearance... 2. "Assyrian reliefs identify this gesture as an act of reverence and worship. There he sees the glory of the Lord in the same manner as he did by the river Chebar. It was as if God laid his hand upon Ezekiel … Ezekiel 8:11. "And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord Jehovah fell there upon me. The mythological basis of this tale was the death of vegetation in winter and its return in spring. My old MS. Bible reads, There saten women, mornynge a mawmete of lecherye that is cleped Adonrdes. Cook understood Ezekiel's use of "nose" instead of "mouth" here as designed to represent the practice, "In contemptuous and derogatory terms. The women weeping for Tammuz, Ezekiel 8:13,14. The exiles were separated from the privileges of the Temple; the remainder of the people in Jerusalem told the exiles to forget about their confiscated property which then belonged to the remnant in Jerusalem, who in their own estimation were the favored of the Lord (11:15). To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, In the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month -, And saw - every form of creeping things -. But Ezekiel could bring no message of comfort to them. Plumptre has commented upon the prominent part women had, especially in the corrupted worship of the Jews. Another time, while sitting in front of Jerusalem's elders, the hand of God falls on Ezekiel. Introduction Chapter 8-11 . In a *vision, God took Ezekiel to Jerusalem. Chapter# 8: Ezekiel, in a vision of God at Jerusalem, is shown the image of jealousy. The land will be ruled by a prince, who is mentioned several times in chapter 46 (verses 2, 4, 8… In this chapter the prophet is carried in vision to Jerusalem, Ezekiel 8:1-4; and there shown the idolatries committed by the rulers of the Jews, even within the temple. Among the Greeks it was the worship of Adonis and Aphrodite; among the Egyptians it was known as the religion of Osiris and Isis; and in Babylon, it went under the names of Ishtar and Tammuz. Ezekiel Chapter 6. The sixth day of the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year, which answers to August A.M. 3410. "A likeness as of the appearance of fire ..." (Ezekiel 8:3). “Rival prophets were foretelling a speedy return to a flourishing Jerusalem (Ezekiel 24; 13.16; Jeremiah 28.1-4; 29.8,9,15,21).” (Wright) iii. Ezekiel 34:8 "[As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because [there was] no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;" All who work in the ministry should be ministering because God called them to that task, not as a way … Commentary on Ezekiel 8-11 (God Leaves the Temple) June 20, 2016 Bill Pratt Leave a comment. 8:1-6 The glorious personage Ezekiel beheld in vision, seemed to take hold upon him, and he was conveyed in spirit to Jerusalem. God, having given the prophet a clear foresight of the people's miseries that were hastening on, here gives him a clear insight into the people's wickedness, by which God was provoked to bring these miseries upon them, that he might justify God in all his judgments, might the more particularly reprove the sins of the people, and with the more satisfaction foretel their … Here he sits in his own home, and before him the elders of Judah have come apparently for counsel and information."[7]. This section of Ezekiel is a sad era in the history of Israel. A vision of the burning of the city. "[6], "And the elders of Judah sat before me ..." (Ezekiel 8:2). This is the substance of the vision contained in the eighth chapter. The Scripture often gives to the heathen idols names of degradation; as Baal-zebub, god of flies; Baal-zebul; god of dung. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. vv. Ezekiel 8. Here the reason for that removal is clearly tied to the abominations practiced there by the apostate children of Israel. Omnigenumque Deum monstra, et latrator Anubis. "This indicates that Ezekiel did indeed have a certain amount of prestige with the exiles. "Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan ..." (Ezekiel 8:11). If this was the same man, he had failed to remain loyal to the Lord. This arrogant attitude of the citizens of Jerusalem had reached the exiles, who were grieved and distressed by it. "All kinds of gods, monsters, and barking dogs.". 17-19 — As the watchman on the city walls, Ezekiel is responsible for giving God’s warning. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold, a door. א וַיְהִ֣י | בַ "That I should go far off from my sanctuary ..." (Ezekiel 8:6). This introduces a scathing sermon against the sin of idolatry because the people went “a whoring after their idols” (in verse 9). Watts has outlined what he believed to be the reason for this visit of the elders to Ezekiel. The one topic here is the defilement of the Temple and God's removal from it. Chapter#9: Six executioners and man with inkhorn. Ezekiel was not bodily transported to Jerusalem. The sixth day of the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year, which answers to August A.M. 3410. Probably, however, the scenes are separate proofs of Jewish idolatry, rather than restricted to one idol. Chapters 8-11 are a unit, though the subject matter may be divided. Chapter 8, Verse 1: In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came upon me there. This is what the marginal reference here has, "the appearance of a man enthroned," of course, a representation of God Himself. This was no doubt occasioned by a red ochre, over which the river ran with violence at this time of its increase. Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abomination which they commit here? There are many strange, and some filthy, interpretations given of this clause; but the former are not worth repeating, and I abominate the latter too much to submit to defile my paper with them. Afterwards God himself speaks, and shows that the Jews who should be left in the land should be driven out because of their iniquities, and that those who had been led captive, and who acknowledged their sins and repented of them, should be restored to their own land. In the beginning of the vision Ezekiel sees the glory of the LORD at the temple in Jerusalem. Then I beheld, and lo a likeness.] The men worshipping the sun, Ezekiel 8:15,16. ii. Beasley-Murray calculated the interval from the first vision that came to Ezekiel at the river Chebar as "fourteen months";[3] however, Plumptre stated that it was only thirteen months. D. Judgment of Jerusalem,Chapter 4 (Jerusalem is not destroyed at this time.) Hence it was the image of him who fell a victim to jealousy. Notes on Chapter 8. In the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month - This, according to Abp. "Behold, there sat the women weeping for Tammuz ..." (Ezekiel 8:14). Ezekiel 8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the … This is the substance of the tenth chapter. We do not know certainly of what form this image was, nor what god it represented. Book of Ezekiel Chapter 8. John Milton penned these lines regarding it. The images were pourtrayed upon the wall, as we find those ancient idols are on the walls of the tombs of the kings and nobles of Egypt. "[12], "Then he brought me to the door of Jehovah's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat the women weeping for Tammuz. 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