The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 2:6
And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them…
Of any of
them, the greatest among them, their princes and nobles; who, by their
grandeur and authority, their stern looks, and big words, might awe and
terrify him; wherefore it follows:
neither be afraid of their words;
of their calumnies, revilings, and
reproaches, their scoffs and jeers, their menaces and threatenings:
though briers and thorns [be] with thee;
that is, men comparable to
such; wicked men are like to briers and thorns, (2 Samuel 23:6) (Isaiah 27:4) ; are
grieving, pricking, and distressing to good men, and are of no worth
and value; are useless and unprofitable, and fit fuel for everlasting
burning. The Targum is,
``for they are rebellious, and hard against thee;''
so Jarchi and Kimchi explain the first word, (Mybro) , translated
"briers", as signifying rebellious and disobedient; though the former
observes, that R. Donesh interprets it of a kind of thorns, of which
there are twenty names, and this is one:
and thou dost dwell among scorpions;
that is, as the Targum paraphrases
``thou dwellest in the midst of a people whose works are like
Some interpret it, as Kimchi observes, of sharp thorns, of a thorny
plant that grows in the form of a scorpion F1; but scorpions here are
a kind of serpents, subtle, venomous, and mischievous, which have
stings in their tails; which, as Pliny says, they are continually
thrusting out, and striking with, that they may lose no opportunity of
doing hurt F2; and fitly describe wicked men their subtlety and
be not afraid of their words;
as before; with which they are like
briers, thorns, and scorpions, being very grievous, defamatory, and
nor be dismayed at their looks:
their frowning furious, and angry
countenances; forbidding with which, as well as with their words, the
prophet from prophesying unto them:
they [be] a rebellious house; (See Gill on 2:5).
F1 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 21. c. 15. and l. 22. c. 16.
F2 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 25.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 2:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=eze&chapter=002&verse=006>. 1999.