3 Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: " 'Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ezekiel 24:3

Commentary on Ezekiel 24:1-14

(Read Ezekiel 24:1-14)

The pot on the fire represented Jerusalem besieged by the Chaldeans: all orders and ranks were within the walls, prepared as a prey for the enemy. They ought to have put away their transgressions, as the scum, which rises by the heat of the fire, is taken from the top of the pot. But they grew worse, and their miseries increased. Jerusalem was to be levelled with the ground. The time appointed for the punishment of wicked men may seem to come slowly, but it will come surely. It is sad to think how many there are, on whom ordinances and providences are all lost.