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

Ezekiel Chapter 26

Ezekiel 26:1

eze 26:1

In the eleventh year - Of Jechoniah's captivity, the year wherein Jerusalem was taken. The month - That month which followed the taking of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 26:2

eze 26:2

Because - Probably God revealed this to the prophet as soon as these insulting Tyrians spoke it. The gates - The great mart of nations, people from all parts. She is turned - The trading interest will turn to me.

Ezekiel 26:4

eze 26:4

Scrape - I will leave thee nothing; thou shalt be scraped, and swept, that not so much as dust shall remain in thee. Like - As bare as was the rock on which thy city is built.

Ezekiel 26:6

eze 26:6

Her daughters - The lesser cities. In the field - On the firm land.

Ezekiel 26:11

eze 26:11

Garrisons - Bastions, or forts, or triumphal arches.

Ezekiel 26:12

eze 26:12

Shall lay - It had been a quicker way, to have burnt all; but the greedy soldier might dream of treasures hid in walls, or under the timber, and therefore take the pains to pull all down, and throw it into the sea.

Ezekiel 26:14

eze 26:14

No more - Tho' there was a city of that name built, yet it was built on the continent; and in propriety of speech, was another city.

Ezekiel 26:15

eze 26:15

The isles - Isles which are places freest from danger of invasions, will shake with fear, when they learn that Tyre is fallen.

Ezekiel 26:16

eze 26:16

The princes - Who were lords of the islands of that sea. Come down - In token of condolence. Trembling - They shall be afraid of their own concerns, and astonished in the midst of their fears.

Ezekiel 26:18

eze 26:18

In the sea - At a great distance, and farther from land. Departure - Leaving thy ancient dwelling, to go into captivity.

Ezekiel 26:19

eze 26:19

The deep - Nebuchadnezzar's army. Great waters - Great afflictions.

Ezekiel 26:20

eze 26:20

Bring thee down - When I shall slay thee, and throw thee into the grave. With the people - Who are long since dead, and gone to eternity. The low parts - Another description of the grave, from the situation and solitude of it. Set glory - Then I will restore the beauty, strength, and wealth of Israel, and bring them back to Jerusalem. In the land - In the land of Judea, called, land of the living, because a land, where God will bless, and give life by his word, ordinances, and spirit: thus different shall Tyre's captivity and Jerusalem's be.

Ezekiel 26:21

eze 26:21

A terror - To all that hear of thee.

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