24:1 Again in the a ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth [day] of the b month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(a) Of Jeconiah's captivity and of the reign of
Zedekiah, (2 Kings
(b) Called Tebeth, which contains part of
December and part of January: in which month and day Nebuchadnezzar besieged
24:3 And utter a parable to
the rebellious house, and say to them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a c
pot, set [it] on, and also pour water into it:
(c) By which was meant Jerusalem.
24:4 Gather its d
pieces into it, [even] every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill [it]
with the choice bones.
(d) That is the citizens and the chief men of it.
24:5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also
the e bones under it, [and] make it boil
well, and let them boil its bones in it.
(e) Meaning, of the innocents whom they had
slain, who were the cause of the kindling of God's wrath against them.
24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the
bloody city, to the pot f whose scum
[is] in it, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out g
piece by piece; let no h lot fall upon
(f) Whose iniquities and wicked citizens there
(g) Signifying that they should not be destroyed
all at once, but little by little.
(h) Spare no estate or condition.
24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set
it upon the top of a i rock; she poured
it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
(i) The city showed her cruelty to all the world,
and was not ashamed of it, neither yet hid it.
Heap on wood, k kindle the fire, consume
the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.
(k) Meaning that the city would be utterly
destroyed and that he would give the enemies an appetite for it.
She hath wearied [herself] with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of
her: her scum [shall be] in the fire.
(l) The city has flattered herself in vain.
24:13 In thy filthiness [is] lewdness: because I m
have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy
filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.
(m) I laboured by sending my prophets to call you
to repentance but you would not.
24:14 I the LORD have spoken [it]: it shall come
to pass, and I will do [it]; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither
will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall n
they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.
(n) That is, the Babylonians.
24:16 Son of man, behold, I
take away from thee the o desire of thy
eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy
tears run down.
(o) Meaning his wife in whom he delighted, as in
24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the
dead, bind thy turban upon thee, p and
put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not [thy] lips, and eat q
not the bread of men.
(p) For in mourning they went bare headed and
barefooted and also covered their lips.
(q) That is, which the neighbours sent to them
24:18 So I spoke to the people in the morning: and
at evening my wife died; and I did r in
the morning as I was commanded.
(r) Meaning the morning following.
Speak to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will s
profane my sanctuary, the t excellence
of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and
your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.
(s) By sending the Chaldeans to destroy it, as in
(t) In which you boast and delight.