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THIS was the vision of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And I saw, and I fell upon my face, and I heard the voice of one that spoke. And he said to me: Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak to thee.

Ver. 1.  Face, to adore God.  M.


--- Son of man.  Our Saviour, out of humility, takes this title, which no other gave him; as the angel does commonly to this prophet, who was his figure: few else have received it, (Dan. viii. 17.) but the reason is not known.  W.


--- God here teaches Ezechiel not to boast of the honour shewn to him, since he must always remember that he is but a feeble mortal.  C.

2 And the spirit entered into me after that he spoke to me, and he set me upon my feet: and I heard him speaking to me,

Ver. 2.  Spirit of prophecy; (S. Jer.  T.) or, I revived, and took courage.

3 And saying: Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious people, that hath revolted from me, they, and their fathers, have transgressed my covenant even unto this day.

Ver. 3.  Israel.  His commission was chiefly to them.  C.

4 And they to whom I send thee are children of a hard face, and of an obstinate heart: and thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: 5 If so be they at least will hear, and if so be they will forbear, for they are a provoking house: and they shall know that there hath been a prophet in the midst of them.

Ver. 5.  Forbear to sin.  H.


--- He thus insinuates free-will.  S. Jer.


--- If they refuse to hear my prophet, they will at least perceive that hey are inexcusable.  C.

6 And thou, O son of man, fear not, neither be thou afraid of their words: for thou art among unbelievers and destroyers, and thou dwellest with scorpions. Fear not their words, neither be thou dismayed at their looks: for they are a provoking house.

Ver. 6.  Scorpions.  This people is no less destructive (H.) and hardened.  Ps. cxvii. 12.


--- For might be better rendered, "though."  C.

7 And thou shalt speak my words to them, if perhaps they will hear, and forbear: for they provoke me to anger. 8 But thou, O son of man, hear all that I say to thee: and do not thou provoke me, as that house provoketh me: open thy mouth, and eat what I give thee.

Ver. 8.  Eat.  "If we do not eat the open book, we cannot teach."  S. Jer.

9 And I looked, and behold, a hand was sent to me, wherein was a book rolled up: and he spread it before me, and it was written within and without: and there were written in it lamentations, and canticles, and woe.

Ver. 9.  Without.  This was only done when the work was long.  C.


--- Scriptus et in tergo, necdum finitus Orestes.  Juv. 1.


--- Sept. "past and present things were written in it."  H. --- Woe, or the words of the penitent, of the blessed, and of the damned.  W.


--- The canticles were of a mournful nature, and the prophet had sorrows to announce.  C.



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