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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Chapter 24

Chapter Overview

By the sign of flesh boiling in a pot are shewed, the miseries of Jerusalem during the siege, verse 1-14.
By the sign of Ezekiel's not mourning for his wife is shewed, that the approaching calamities would be to great to be lamented, verse 15-27.

Verse 1
In the ninth year - Of Zedekiah's reign. Came unto me - The prophet was now in Babylon.

Verse 2
Set himself - Sat down to besiege.

Verse 4
Every good piece - All the chief of the inhabitants of the land, the wealthiest, who will fly from their country-houses to live in safety in Jerusalem: the most war-like, who will betake themselves to Jerusalem for its defence. Fill it - With those pieces that are biggest, fullest of marrow, and which are divided according to the bones; these are the principal members of the state, the king, princes, priests, magistrates, and the most wealthy citizens.

Verse 5
The bones - Not of the pieces to be boiled, but of the many innocents murdered in Jerusalem; for their blood crieth for vengeance, and their bones scattered on the face of the earth, will both make and maintain this fire.

Verse 6
The bloody city - Jerusalem. Whose scum - Her wickedness is still within her. Piece by piece - One piece after another 'till all be consumed. No lot - Lots are for saving some, but here shall be no sparing any.

Verse 7
The blood - Innocent blood which she hath shed. The top of a rock - Where it might be long seen. To cover it - These butchers of innocent ones leave their blood uncovered.

Verse 8
I have set - I will openly punish, and in such a manner as shall not be soon forgotten.

Verse 10
And spice it well - To express this justice, that is acceptable to God and men. The bones - The greatest, strongest, and firmest of the Jews shall perish in this fiery indignation.

Verse 11
The filthiness - A type of the unreformed sinfulness of the city. Molten - That their wickedness may be taken away with their persons, and city.

Verse 12
She - Jerusalem. With lies - Her allies, their promises, their forces, and their idols, all prove a lie to the house of Judah. Her scum - Her unrepented sins shall be punished in the fire that burns their city.

Verse 13
Lewdness - Or obstinacy and boldness. Purged thee - Used all means to purge thee.

Verse 16
With a stroke - A sudden stroke, by my own immediate hand. We know not how soon the desire of our eyes may be removed from us. Death is a stroke, which the most pious, the most useful, the most amiable are not exempted from.

Verse 17
Bind the tire - Adorn thy head, as thou wast used to do; go not bare-headed as a mourner. Thy shoes - ln great mournings the Jews went bare-footed. Cover not thy lips - It was a custom among them to cover the upper lip. Eat not - Of thy neighbours and friends, who were wont to visit their mourning friends, and send in choice provision to their houses.

Verse 18
I spake - Told them what I expected would be.

Verse 21
Profane - Cast off, and put into the hands of Heathens. The excellency of your strength - So it was while God's presence was there. The desire - As much your desire, as my wife was mine; most dear to you.

Verse 22
Ye shall do - When you are in captivity, where you may not use your own customs.

Verse 23
Pine away - You shall languish with secret sorrow, when you shall not dare to shew it openly.

Verse 25
Their strength - Their walls and fortifications. The joy - All their public and private joys and hopes shall be destroyed in the destruction of the kingdom, and their children.

Verse 26
To hear it - To give thee a narrative of all he had seen.

Verse 27
No more dumb - From this prophecy for eighteen months during the siege, he does not prophesy of Israel, but of other nations. Thou shalt be a sign - Until the event shall convince the Jews, thou shalt by sign, signify to them, what is coming.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 24". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=eze&chapter=024>. 1765.  

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