10:1 Ask ye of the a LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
(a) The Prophet reproves the Jews, because by
their own infidelity they turn away God's promised graces, and so famine
came by God's just judgment. Therefore to avoid this plague, he exhorts them
to turn to God, and to pray in faith to him, and so he will give them
10:2 For the b
idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false
dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore c
they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because [there was] no
(b) He calls to remembrance God's punishments
in times past, because they trusted not in him, but in their idols and
sorcerers who always deceived them.
(c) That is, the Jews went into captivity.
10:3 My anger was kindled against the shepherds,
and I punished the d goats: for the LORD
of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as e
his majestic horse in the battle.
(d) Meaning, the cruel governors who did oppress
the poor sheep; (Ezekiel
(e) He will be merciful to his Church, and
cherish them as a king or prince does his best horse, which will be for his
own use in war.
10:4 Out f
of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow,
out of him every g oppressor together.
(f) Out of Judah will the chief governor proceed,
who will be as a corner to uphold the building, and as a nail to fasten it
(g) Over their enemies.
10:6 And I will strengthen
the house of Judah, and I will save the h
house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy
upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I [am] the
LORD their God, and will hear them.
(h) That is, the ten tribes, which would be
united under Christ to the rest of the Church.
10:8 I will i
hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall
increase as they have increased.
(i) By which he declares the power of God, who
needs no great preparation when he will deliver his own: for with a gesture or
hiss he can call them suddenly from all places.
10:9 And I will k
sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they
shall live with their children, and l
(k) Though they will yet be scattered and seem to
be lost, yet it will be profitable to them: for there they will come to the
knowledge of my name, which was accomplished under the Gospel, among whom it
was first preached.
(l) Not that they would return into their
country, but be gathered and joined in one faith by the doctrine of the
10:11 And he m
shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the
sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall
be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart.
(m) He alludes to the deliverance of the people
out of Egypt, when the angel smote the floods and rivers.