This then is the reason why men and women who intend to deceive, always heap together a number of ceremonies. There is another direction in which our love of ease and comfort continually shows itself--the manner in which we persistently hide from ourselves the misery of the world around us. At our very doors it is so; in every city of the empire it is so; in distant lands it is so. Their conduct. Discomfort has no merit in itself. Now, all this is very well, when one can afford it, and the place of destination is such as you desire. Bertholet thinks these were amulets which possessed some natural magnetic power. (T. De Witt Talmage.). And say, thus saith the Lord God, woe to the [women] that sew. Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? no, you will not be able to do it; and what wickedness is it in you to attempt the one or the other? Compare 1 Samuel 16:7 (his stature); Ezekiel 25:20, &c. Put, here, for every man of high or lofty station: i, e. for the princes or rulers in Jerusalem, whose eyes were blinded by these false prophetesses. To hunt: all this is a pretence, while really it is spreading a net, as hunters do, to catch the prey and devour it. "The activities attributed to these women suggest that they were more like witches or sorcerers than prophets [cf. Ezekiel 13:1-16 mentions … These prophetesses did the same thing by their flattering words as would have been best expressed if they had thought fit to signify the same thing by actions only, (as the prophets sometimes did,) by making bolsters for the arms, and presenting them to the Israelitish women whom they wanted to assure of the continuance of their prosperity; and embroidering handkerchiefs proper to bind over the ornaments of females in a state of honour, and afterwards putting them on their heads." And in those veils he had seen a net cast over the victims of the false prophetesses, a snare from which they could not escape.” — Plumptre. Calvin explains, 'Will ye hunt my people's souls, and yet will ye save your own souls?' ], make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature. To hunt — All this is really spreading a net, as hunters do, to catch the prey. I speak of this in general; no pillow is more frequently used, more comfortable to lie upon, and sin upon, than this: “I admit the Bible is true, the minister is right; I am a sinner; Christ is a Saviour; I am a dying man; I must stand before the judgment seat of God; I must go to heaven or hell, according to my faith and character here. Harmer, ii. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! And what an accommodation to us are these ever-multiplying railways, linking together not only the larger towns, but even the populous villages, into a network of iron roads. You cannot long prove unfaithful to your marriage vows, and not be looked down upon as a base and abandoned man. But "save" is used (Ezekiel 13:19) of the false prophetesses promising life to the impenitent, so that the English version and Grotius explain it best. To make kerchiefs.] Souls; the persons, life, estate; and all to enrich or maintain themselves. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. of Aleppo, 4to, 101. souls. pillows to all armholes. Compare verses: Ezekiel 9:21, Ezekiel 9:22, Ezekiel 9:23. There is no more common pillow for sinful and fatal lethargy than the one you are sleeping on, which has this inscription: “It is not I.” “I am not the person meant; it is the rich man; it is the hypocrite; it is my neighbour; anybody but me.” In other words, thousands are continuing in their sins and vicious career, because they never apply the warnings and descriptions of God’s Word and servants to themselves. Those you have mentioned may be included in the list; but so, in all probability, are you. But then, the trump is not yet to be sounded; I am not expecting to die at present; I hope to live a good while longer; I should like to enjoy the pleasures of life as long as possible, and at some more convenient season I will repent; I will seek Jesus as my Saviour, and I hope through Him to die happily, and ultimately reach heaven.” But what if your sleep become heavier and deeper every day, so that the voice of warning or mercy no longer can reach your heart, and you perish in your sins? You come across people occasionally who evidently think it has--irritating, troublesome people, with certainly nothing in them of the spirit of Ezekiel’s false prophets. A careless voluptuous life is that which is here particularly reprehended. To all arm-holes; all comers had the same answer, these women made not any difference. The image of the text is easily understood. hunt souls — eagerly trying to allure them to the love of yourselves (Proverbs 6:26; 2 Peter 2:14), so as unwarily to become your prey. Will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? Then they had veils or coverings which they put over their heads. We are adepts at hiding unwelcome facts, and toning down unpleasant truths. 6, 7). 17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, 18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? p. 395,565. ; will ye hunt the souls of my people; that cleave to me, and regard my prophets; will ye endeavour to ensnare those, and seek to destroy their peace and comfort, and even their souls? And in the same way we have לכנה instead of the suffix. These impostors pretended to save, while they really destroyed. ח [safakh, “to attach” or “join”]), it may refer to headbands or necklaces on … Hence this mark of universality ought to be noticed emphatically, because these women did not attend to the disposition with which persons came, but only grasped at their reward, and thus the gate was as open to all as that of the market-place. - Ezekiel 13:17. Just let a man live a fairly decent and respectable life, outraging in no gross manner the properties and standards of civilised society, and they believe all will be well with him; God will not be hard on him. constr.) I mean the various devices and delusions by which sinning is rendered easy, and the way to perdition made smooth. And make kerchiefs - The word kerchief is French, couvre chef, that which covers the head; hence handkerchief and neck handkerchief, and pocket handkerchief are pitifully improper; because none of them is used to cover the head, from which alone that article of dress has its name. And thou, son of man, direct thy face towards the daughters of thy people, who prophesy out of their heart and prophesy against them, Ezekiel 13:18. "Fly" is peculiarly appropriate as to those lofty spiritual flights to which they pretended to raise their dupes when they veiled their heads with kerchiefs and made them rest on luxurious arm-cushions ( Ezekiel 13:18). The veil was a conspicuous ornament in the east - women whatever their "stature" (or, height) putting them on - and it was worn by magicians in order to seem more mysterious and awful. How, why, and when did Satan fall from heaven? I have several drawings of eastern ladies, who are represented on sofas; and often with their arm thrown over a pillow, which is thereby pressed close to their side, and against which they thus recline. Upon the head of every stature.] - Like the prophets in Ezekiel 13:2, the prophetesses are here described as prophesying out of their own heart (Ezekiel 13:17); and in Ezekiel 13:18 and Ezekiel 13:19 their offences are more particularly described. The Roman soothsayers, caput velabant cum volebant exordiri suos exorcismos, used the like ceremonies; so did those that gave oracles at the den of Trophonius. 17. The cushion has two sides: on the one side is Election, and on the other is Reprobation. It is literally the souls which belong to my people; but it will be more simple to receive it thus — will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye give life to your own souls, unless any one wishes to interpret it so as to make the Prophet repeat the same thing twice. Micah 3:5); by hurling into destruction, through their lies, those who are only too glad to listen to lying; by slaying the souls of the people which ought to live, and by preserving those which ought not to live, i.e., their own souls (Deuteronomy 18:20). Ezekiel 13 concerns the time just before the day of the Lord (verse 5), a time many believe we are living in today. Will ye save the souls alive that come unto you, These hunters of souls killed without mercy, but saved some alive — the very ones that deserved to die (, ). — These kerchiefs or veils seem to have been thrown over the heads of those who came to consult the soothsayers concerning the future, in order to blindfold them and draw them into the magic circle. &c. Protestants, "Will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?" “To keep alive is to predict life and good fortune and to slay is to predict death.” — Toy. Saphah occurs 1 Samuel 2:36 (put = attach); Ezekiel 26:19 (abiding = cleaving). Ezekiel 28 Prince of Tyre represents Satan, in rebellion in heaven 1 But the deceived ones will turn against Satan 6 King of Tyre represents Satan on earth, compared to his origin 11 Zidon, the last enemies destroyed at the end of the 1000 years 20 The righteous inherit the earth - universe at peace 24 For a chart showing relationships between verses here and ones in Revelation, go. head of every stature — “men of every age,” old and young, great and small, if only these had pay to offer them. Today we make this plain to see. It is evident from the law that some ceremonies are useful, since God commands nothing superfluous; but Satan by his cunning turns everything useful to man’s destruction. 20, 21., and Isaias v. 7. To hunt souls - eagerly trying to allure them to the love of yourselves (Proverbs 6:26; 2 Peter 2:14, "beguiling unstable souls"), so as unwarily to become your prey. Make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature. The latter is also a decisive reason for rejecting the explanation given by Hvernick, namely, that the kesâthōth were carpets, which were used as couches, and upon which these voluptuous women are represented as reclining. In the first place, they sew coverings together to wrap round all the joints of the hand of God, so that He cannot touch them; i.e., they cover up and conceal the word of God by their prophesying, more especially its rebuking and threatening force, so that the threatening and judicial arm of God, which ought above all to become both manifest and effective through His prophetic word, does not become either one or the other. Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, The exact meaning of this expression is not known. Let me just indicate one or two directions in which we are specially ingenious and industrious in sewing pillows for our elbows. Will you hunt down the lives of My people, but preserve the lives of others for yourselves? Ecl. In truth, it is specially prosperous at the present time. head of every stature—"men of every age," old and young, great and small, if only these had pay to offer them. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own?" Probably some kind of ornamental dress which rendered women more enticing, so that they could the more successfully hunt or inveigle souls (men) into the worship of their false gods. Ezekiel 28:13-18 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. This may be a strong eastern manner of expressing that these women hoodwinked their votaries, and kept them in spiritual darkness. This may be figurative language, designed to express that men were taught to recline at ease on their couches, and to partake of banquets. Or the covering of the head may have been of the ornamental or triumphal kind, to denote prosperity or victory; as pillows denoted tranquillity and plenty: and both may have been significantly applied to the heads and arms of those who consulted the prophetesses. Ezekiel 13:18. For the souls of the people were also their own. Kerchiefs — Triumphal caps, which were made by these prophetesses, and put upon the head of every who one consulted them, and by these they were to interpret, as a promise of victory over the Babylonians. Ezekiel 13:18. Ezekiel 14:1 (cleave). kerchiefs = wraps that cleave close round the head. To all arm-holes— See Jeremiah 38:12. Ezekiel 13 concerns the time just before the day of the Lord (verse 5), a time many believe we are living in today. - Like the prophets in Ezekiel 13:2, the prophetesses are here described as prophesying out of their own heart (Ezekiel 13:17); and in Ezekiel 13:18 and Ezekiel 13:19 their offences are more particularly described. Of wool and wax the forms were wrought; The woollen was erect and tall, And scourg'd the waxen image small. nephesh. Woe to the women that sew pillows to all arm-holes - rather, 'to all elbows and wrists,' for which the false prophetesses made cushions to lean on, as a symbolical act, typifying the perfect tranquility which they foretold to those consulting them. You were on the holy mount of God; you … They used these aids to impress people and to cast spells on (to influence) people to bring them under their power (cf. If Christ had anything to do with their salvation, they do not see clearly what it is; they may believe He was a good man, more than a man, perhaps, whose words they gladly accept, so far as they are agreeable and comforting, and whose example they cannot but admire, though they make no serious effort to imitate it. Universalism comes out and tries to quell this fear, and wants to sew two pillows under my arm sleeves, and wants to sew two pillows under your arm sleeves. “No eye saw me; it will never be known.” This is a most wretched, yet common delusion, Sin will out. Ezekiel 13:1-16 mentions … 73, &c. Around his waxen image first I wind Three woollen fillets, of three colours join'd; Thrice bind about his thrice-devoted head, Which round the sacred altar thrice is led. --- Pillows. 18. Ezekiel 13:18 Translation & Meaning. Jeremiah 7:18; Jeremiah 44:17; Jeremiah 44:19). hide from the People the hands of Jehovah lifted up and stretched forth in judgment (Isaiah 26:11; Isaiah 5:2, Isaiah 5:10). Nothing is to be gained by concealment but temporary peace of the most delusive kind. In the second place, they make coverings upon the heads of men, and construct them in such a form that they exactly fit the stature or size or every individual, so that the men neither hear nor see; i.e., by means of their flattering lies, which adapt themselves to the subjective inclinations of their hearers at the time, they cover up the senses of the men, so that they retain neither ear nor eye for the truth." They wear magic charms on their wrists and scarves on their heads, then trick others into believing they can predict the future. Ezekiel 13:20 Context. ; cervicalia, Vulg.) That sew pillows.] Ever wanted to know who has the truth and who doesn't? or rather, will not the devil deal by you both as the cock master doth by his fighting cocks, take pleasure in their mutual killing one another, that he may make a supper of them both? Comment. Prophesy against them 18 and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the women who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature, in the hunt for souls!Will you hunt down souls belonging to … VIRG. Because you know me, you don't think I'm claiming to … implying a doubt whether they really thought that they could carry on such conduct as theirs with perfect impunity (Hvernick). (18) Souls.—This word is used in the Old Testament in a variety of significations. Of course you may be startled, you may be offended when I say so,--mean you. Job 30:7 (gathered together). Will ye hunt the souls of my people? See also H. W. F. Saggs, "External Souls in the Old Testament [ Ezekiel 13:17-21]," Journal of Semitic Studies (1974):1-12. We do not lounge in luxurious divans and voluptuous saloons: we are in the hurry of business, bustling hither and thither. I rather mean you than them. "The fox is cunning (Luke 13:32); it spoils the vine and its fruits (Song of Song of Solomon 2:15); and it burrows among ruins (Nehemiah 4:3). . It afterwards follows, Is it not to hunt souls? Our times, I have said, are effeminate. App-1B. "Save" is explained (Ezekiel 13:22), 'promising him life' (Grotius). no, you will not be able to do it; and what wickedness is it in you to attempt the one or the other? Your distress and anxiety is meat and drink to them. ye shall not be able to do it: and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? 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