Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Ezekiel
Chapter: 2

The Prophet is directed what he is to do. (1-5) And encouraged
to be resolute, Faithful, and devoted. (6-10)

1-5 Lest Ezekiel should be lifted up with the abundance of the
revelations, he is Put in mind that still he is a Son of Man, a
weak, mortal Creature. As Christ usually called himself the Son
of Man, it was also an honourable distinction. Ezekiel's posture
showed reverence, but his standing up would be a posture of
greater readiness and fitness for business. God will speak to
us, when we stand ready to do what he commands us. As Ezekiel
had not strength of his own, the Spirit entered into him. God is
graciously pleased to work in us whatever he requires of us. The
Holy Spirit sets us upon our feet, By inclining our wills to our
duty. Thus, when the Lord calls upon the sinner to awake, and
attend to the concerns of his soul, the Spirit of Life and Grace
comes with the Call. Ezekiel is sent with a message to the
children of Israel. Many might treat his message with contempt,
yet they should know By the event that a Prophet had been sent
to them. God will be glorified, and his Word made honourable,
whether it be a savour of Life unto Life, or of Death unto

6-10 Those who will do any thing to purpose in the service of
God, must not fear men. Wicked men are as briers and thorns; but
they are nigh unto cursing, and their End is to be burned. The
Prophet must be Faithful to the souls of those to whom he was
sent. All who speak from God to others, must obey his voice. The
discoveries of Sin, and the warnings of wrath, should be matter
of Lamentation. And those acquainted with the Word of God, will
clearly perceive it is filled with woe to impenitent sinners;
and that all the precious promises of the Gospel are for the
repenting, believing servants of the Lord.