The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 33:25
Wherefore say unto them, thus saith the Lord God…
them this message in writing, as from the Lord; for the prophet was now
in Chaldea, and could not deliver it by word of mouth to those that
inhabited the wastes of Israel; but he could tell it to the messenger
that came to him, who had escaped from Jerusalem; or send it by him, or
ye eat with the blood;
or rather "upon", or "by" the "blood" F12;
contrary to the law in (Leviticus 19:26) which is a different law from that in
(Genesis 9:4) , and from that in (Leviticus 3:17) (7:26,27) and refers to an
idolatrous practice of the Heathens, which these Jews imitated; who,
having slain and offered their sacrifices to devils, sat down round
about the blood of them, and ate their food or part of their sacrifice
by it, as Kimchi on the text observes. The account Maimonides F13
gives of the Zabians is this,
``you must know (says he) that the blood is reckoned very
unclean and impure by the Zabians, yet is eaten by them,
because they think it is the food of devils; and that he that
eats it by this means obtains some communications with them;
so that they converse familiarly with him, and reveal things
future to him, which the vulgar commonly attribute to devils:
notwithstanding there were some among them, with whom it
seemed very grievous and difficult to eat blood (for it is a
thing which the nature of man abhors); these used to slay
some beast, and take its blood, and put it in a vessel, or in
a hole dug in the earth, and eat the slain beast, sitting in
a circle about the blood; imagining to themselves, in so
doing, while they ate the flesh the devils ate the blood, and
that this is their food; and by this means friendship,
fraternity, and familiarity were contracted between them,
because they all ate at one table, and sat on one seat;
besides, they were of opinion that the devils appeared to
them in dreams, and told them things to come, and were of
much advantage to them;''
and accordingly it follows:
and lift up your eyes towards your idols;
make your devotion, and pray
unto them, and worship them, and expect help and assistance from them:
and shed blood;
innocent blood, as the Targum; they were guilty of
murder as well as of idolatry, or shedding of blood, in sacrifice to
and shall ye possess the land?
can such wretches as you, such gross
idolaters and murderers, ever think that you are the children of
Abraham, and have a right to the inheritance of this land, or shall
long continue in the possession of it, living in such abominable
iniquities as these?
F12 (Mdh le) "super sanguinem", Munster, Montanus, Cocceius,
Starckius; "juxta sanguinem"; so some in Vatablus.
F13 Moreh Nevochim, par. 3. c. 46. p. 484.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 33:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=eze&chapter=033&verse=025>. 1999.