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Bible Commentaries

Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

Ezekiel 15

Verse 1

Eze 15:1-2. Tree is from an original that the lexicon defines as “wood” in general, hence the phrase means "the wood of the vine." The question form of the statement means to imply that a vine is inferior to the trees of the forest.

Verse 3

Eze 15:3. A vine at its best is not tit for any substantial use such as a piece of furniture for supporting the vessels of household living. In this sense it is less important than the regular trees, because they would furnish material that could be made into strong utility racks.

Verse 4

Eze 15:4. If the vine needs to be used at all, about the only thing that can be done with it is to use it as fuel. Both ends and midst is said to indicate how completely the vine would be affected were it cast into the Are.

Verse 5

Eze 15:5. If the vine in its original condition is not useful for any good purpose, it certainly would not be after being put through the fire.

Verse 6

Eze 15:6. The preceding illustration is used to compare the city of Jerusalem with her inhabitants: they are the vine and the heathen nations are trees of the forest.

Verse 7

Eze 15:7. The nations are compared to the forest trees when contrasted with Jerusalem. In the next section of the illustration, however, they will be used as the fire into which the vine (Jerusalem with her inhabitants) will be cast. One fire and another fire refers to the fire of the siege and also that which will overtake them who go out, (See 2Ki 25:3-7.)

Verse 8

Eze 15:8. The land was to be made desolate by having its populations removed away into the Babylonion captivity.
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Zerr, E.M. "Commentary on Ezekiel 15". Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/znt/ezekiel-15.html. 1952.