The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible Ver. 1. And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying.
] Upon the
Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem…
that this city was meant by "the south", (Ezekiel 20:46) :
and drop thy word toward the holy places;
which also are meant by the
south in the passage referred to, even the holy land, holy city, and
holy temple; or the temple itself is only meant, with the courts
adjoining to it; or as consisting of three parts, as Kimchi, the porch,
the temple, and the oracle; or the outward court, the holy place, and
the holy of holies; and it may respect all other places for sacred
worship, as their synagogues, both in city and country; which were not
to be spared any more than the temple, nor were they, (Psalms 74:7,8) .
Jarchi thinks that the destruction both of the first and second temple
is here intended; and which sense Kimchi also mentions.
And prophesy against the land of Israel:
by which it appears that this
is intended by the "forest of the south field": even the numerous
inhabitants of it in general, as well as the city of Jerusalem,
(Ezekiel 20:46) .