21-29 Admonition to the Undeported Israelites—
Ezechiel, informed of the fall of Jerusalem, receives at the same time
full liberty of speech in preaching to the people. He rejects the
claims of the undeported Israelites to the possession of Palestine. 21. Correct 'twelfth' (MT) and 'tenth' (LXX) to eleventh year. The news reached the exiles about six months after the city's fall. 22.
Omit 'and he opened my mouth', dittography. Ezechiel was in ecstasy
from the evening to the following morning when the fugitive visited him
as already announced, 24:26. The undeported Israelites argue that
Abraham was one, they his descendants are many and being better able to
populate and utilize the land have a stronger claim to it. Ezechiel
replies that as sinners they are doomed to destruction. Many of them
must have suffered in a subsequent deportation, 582 b.c., mentioned in
Jer 52:30. 25. 'uncleannesses': 'your idols'. 26. 'You stood on your swords':
you regarded might as right. 27. The ruinous places are dilapidated
towns as opposed to open country, mountain tops, caves.