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Woe To Israel And Jerusalem (Chs. 1224)

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Chs. 12-24 is a collection of prophecies picturing the certainty of doom and destruction for the city and nation, which "vary greatly in form, style, length, and subject". The whole block is framed by two sign-acts (12:1-16; 24:15-27). As examples of variety, there is a grouping related to true and false prophecy, a detailed defence of God's justice in his treatment of the 'righteous' and 'lawless' across generations, and two extended metaphors, portraying Jerusalem as Lord's fondling bride who subsequently goes whoring after other gods and Samaria and Jerusalem as sisters who insatiably whore after other nations in political alliances. There are prophets in Israel but their words are false and worthless, dangerous like ravaging foxes. They speak from their own 'hearts', the implied contrast being divine inspiration as received by Ezekiel.

Keywords: destruction; divine inspiration; Ezekiel; God's justice; Israel; Jerusalem; prophecies; Samaria



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