And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
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George Leo Haydock
Month: the year of the world 3411, August 27. (Usher)
Ezechiel had prophesied in the fourth year; then was silent a year and two months, or 430 days. He opened his mouth again in the sixth year, (chap. viii. 1.) and now in the seventh year he is ordered not to answer. (Worthington)
We know not what the ancients wanted to know; but their design was evil. (Calmet) Ver. 4. Judgest them; or, if thou wilt enter into the cause, and plead against them. (Challoner)
Lay before them the iniquities of their fathers, and their own, which bring on the reprobation of the greatest part. God will form his Church out of a few of them and of the Gentiles. The return of a small number from captivity is also insinuated. Ver. 6. Excelleth. Hebrew, "is beauty or a desire. "Septuagint, "a honeycomb. "(Calmet) Ver. 7. Scandals, (offensiones) that is, the abominations or idols, to the worship of which they were allured by their eyes. (Challoner)
Moses found them in this condition in Egypt, and he could not...
; Haydock) and of many in captivity, who were only praise-worthy compared with those at Jerusalem, chap. xi. 15. Ver. 33. Out. I will not allow you to follow idols with impunity. (Calmet) Ver. 35. Of people. That is, a desert, in which there are no people; (Challoner) meaning Judea, to which they should return. Ver. 37. Covenant of the gospel, by the powerful attractions of grace, Luke xiv. 24., John vi. 69., and vii. 46., and 2 Corinthians x. 4. Ver. 38. Israel. They shall continue in exile; or the rebel Jews who will not believe in Christ, shall be cast off. (Calmet) Ver. 39. Walk It is not an allowance, much less a commandment to serve idols; but a figure of speech, by which God would have them to understand, that if they would walk after their idols, they must not pretend to serve him at the same time: for that he would by no means suffer such a mixture of worship. (Challoner) (St. Jerome)
Continue, if you dare, to serve idols. I will still bring you back. (Calmet)