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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Ezekiel Chapter 9

Ezekiel 9:1

eze 9:1

He - The man whom he had seen upon the throne. Them - Those whom God hath appointed to destroy the city: perhaps angels. Every man - Every one; 'tis an Hebrew idiom. Each of these had a weapon proper for that kind of destruction which he was to effect; and so, some to slay with the sword, another with the pestilence, another with famine. In his hand - Denoting both expedition in, and strength for the work.

Ezekiel 9:2

eze 9:2

And - As soon as the command was given, the ministers of God's displeasure appear. Men - In appearance and vision they were men, and the prophet calls them as he saw them. The north - Insinuating whence their destruction should come. One man - Not a companion, but as one of authority over them. With linen - A garment proper to the priesthood. They - All the seven.

Ezekiel 9:3

eze 9:3

The glory - The glorious brightness, such as sometimes appeared above the cherubim in the most holy place. Gone up - Departing from the place he had so long dwelt in. He was - Wont to sit and appear. Threshold - Of the temple, in token of his sudden departure from the Jews, because of their sins.

Ezekiel 9:4

eze 9:4

That sigh - Out of grief for other mens sins and sorrows. Cry - Who dare openly bewail the abominations of this wicked city, and so bear their testimony against it.

Ezekiel 9:5

eze 9:5

The others - The six slaughter - men.

Ezekiel 9:6

eze 9:6

At my sanctuary - There are the great sinners, and the abominable sins which have brought this on them.

Ezekiel 9:7

eze 9:7

And slew - The slaughter also was in vision.

Ezekiel 9:8

eze 9:8

Was left - Left alone, now both the sealer, and the slayers were gone.

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