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

Ezekiel Chapter 34

Ezekiel 34:2

eze 34:2

The shepherds - The rulers of the people kings, magistrates, and princes; as also priests, and prophets. Of Israel - The two tribes, and the few out of the ten that adhere to the house of David. That feed - Contrive their own ease, advantage, and honour.

Ezekiel 34:3

eze 34:3

Ye kill - You contrive methods, to take first the life, and next the estate of the well - fed, the rich and wealthy. But - You take care to lead, protect, provide for, and watch over them.

Ezekiel 34:4

eze 34:4

The diseased - The weak and languishing. Bound up - Oppressors in the state, or church, broke many then, but these shepherds bound them not up.

Ezekiel 34:5

eze 34:5

No shepherd - No vigilant, faithful shepherd. Became meat - Were made a prey of, and devoured by all their neighbours.

Ezekiel 34:12

eze 34:12

In the cloudy and dark day - In the time of general distress.

Ezekiel 34:16

eze 34:16

The fat - The powerful and rich. I will feed - I will judge and punish them.

Ezekiel 34:17

eze 34:17

I judge - Between men and men, between the smaller and weaker, and the greater and stronger, as their different state requires I will do. The rams - Rulers, who also shalt be dealt with according to their behaviour.

Ezekiel 34:18

eze 34:18

But ye must tread down - You great ones, eat the fat, and sweet; and what you cannot eat, you waste and spoil. The deep waters - Which are sufficient for all.

Ezekiel 34:20

eze 34:20

I will judge - I will vindicate the poor. The fat cattle - The rich. The lean - The poor.

Ezekiel 34:23

eze 34:23

One shepherd - Christ, the great good, chief, only shepherd, that laid down his life for his sheep. My servant David - The seed of David, the beloved one, who was typified by David, and is in other places called by his name, as Jer 30:9; Eze 37:24; Isa 37:35; Hos 3:5. He shall feed - Do all the office of a good and faithful shepherd, and that for ever.

Ezekiel 34:24

eze 34:24

My servant - Christ was in this great work his fathers servant, Isa 42:1.

Ezekiel 34:25

eze 34:25

A covenant - A covenant of promises, which contain, and shall bring peace, that is all good.

Ezekiel 34:26

eze 34:26

Them - My returned captives, The places - All the country. My hill - Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 34:29

eze 34:29

A plant - The Messiah. The shame - The reproach.

Ezekiel 34:30

eze 34:30

Their God - By covenant, from their forefathers. Am with them - Present with them, and reconciled to them.

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