Ezekiel

Vision ● 590-570 BCE ● 48 chapters


The Book of Ezekiel is a book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It is a collection of prophecies and teachings attributed to the prophet Ezekiel, who lived in the 6th century BCE and served as a prophet to the Jews during the Babylonian exile. The Book of Ezekiel covers a wide range of subjects, including the judgment and redemption of God's people, the coming of the Messiah, and the restoration of the Kingdom of God. The book includes a number of prophecies about the Babylonian exile and the fall of the Kingdom of Judah, as well as visions of the future restoration and prosperity of the kingdom of God. Key figures in the book of Ezekiel include Ezekiel, as well as the kings of Judah, including Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. The book also mentions various other individuals, such as the Babylonians, the Persians, and the Messiah, who are the subjects of the prophet's teachings and prophecies. The book also includes a number of references to God and his actions, as well as expressions of trust and reliance on him.



The book of Ezekiel is a prophetic book of the Old Testament, written by the prophet Ezekiel. It is divided into 48 chapters and is the third of the Major Prophets. The book of Ezekiel is set during the Babylonian exile of the Jews in the 6th century BC. The book of Ezekiel begins with a vision of God, who appears to Ezekiel in a chariot of fire. God commissions Ezekiel to be a prophet to the Israelites, and to warn them of the consequences of their sins. Ezekiel is then taken to Jerusalem, where he is shown the abominations of the people. He is then taken to the temple, where he is shown the idolatry and other sins of the people. The remainder of the book of Ezekiel is a series of prophecies and warnings from God to the people of Israel. God warns them of the consequences of their sins, and of the coming judgment of God. He also promises them a future of restoration and redemption if they repent and turn to Him. The book of Ezekiel is a powerful reminder of the consequences of sin and the need for repentance. It is a reminder that God is a God of justice and mercy, and that He will judge those who do not turn to Him. It is also a reminder of the hope of redemption and restoration that is available to all who turn to Him.


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Key characters in Ezekiel


Ezekiel,Judah

Jehoiachin

Zedekiah

Babylonians

Persians

Messiah

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The book of Ezekiel opens with a vision that the prophet had of the glory of God, which he witnessed while in exile in Babylon. The vision was filled with amazing imagery including four living creatures, each with four faces, wheels within wheels, and a throne shining like sapphire.

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In the second chapter of the book of Ezekiel, the prophet receives a vision from God. He sees a great storm approaching, accompanied by lightning and thunder. In the midst of this vision, God calls Ezekiel to be a prophet to the nation of Israel. Despite the challenges he will face, Ezekiel is commanded to speak God's word to the Israelites.

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In Ezekiel chapter 3, God calls and commissions Ezekiel as a prophet to the Israelites in exile. Ezekiel is given a scroll to eat, symbolizing the words of God that he will proclaim. He is also warned that the people will not listen to him because of their stubbornness and rebellion.

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In chapter 4, God gives Ezekiel a strange command to act out a siege against a model of Jerusalem. God tells Ezekiel to lie on his side for 390 days to represent the punishment that will come upon Israel, and then to lie on his other side for 40 days to represent the punishment of Judah. During this time, Ezekiel is only allowed to eat a small amount of bread that is baked over dung.

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In Ezekiel 5, the prophet Ezekiel is instructed by God to shave his head and beard with a sword as a symbol of the coming judgment on Jerusalem. The hair represents the people of Jerusalem, who will be scattered and persecuted among the nations. The chapter predicts the horrors that the city will face, including famine, plague, and war.

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In Ezekiel 6, the Lord speaks through the prophet Ezekiel, declaring His judgment upon Israel for their rampant idolatry. He promises that their cities will be laid waste, their altars and idols destroyed, and the people scattered among the nations. Yet, even in His wrath, the Lord shows mercy, promising to spare a remnant of His faithful people.

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In Ezekiel chapter 7, the prophet delivers a message from the Lord declaring the impending destruction and judgment that will come upon the people of Israel. The chapter describes the complete devastation of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas as a result of their rebellion against God.

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In Ezekiel chapter 8, the prophet is granted a vision from God that reveals the extent of Israel's idolatry. He is transported in spirit to the temple in Jerusalem where he witnesses the worship of false gods by Israel's leaders.

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Ezekiel receives a vision of the Lord sending a group of executioners to Jerusalem to put to death all those who have not repented of their sins. The chapter ends with the devastating news that even the righteous will not be spared.

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In Ezekiel chapter 10, the prophet sees a vision of God's glory leaving the temple in Jerusalem. This departure is accompanied by the manifestation of cherubim and the burning coals of judgment. Despite their role as protectors of the temple, even the cherubim cannot prevent the departure of God's glory from a wicked and unrepentant people.

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In Ezekiel 11, God reveals to Ezekiel that the wicked elders in Jerusalem will be punished and exiled, but a remnant of faithful people will be restored to the land. While the Lord's glory departs from the city, Ezekiel sees God's presence move to the Mount of Olives outside of the city, indicating his continued presence with his people even during their exile.

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In the twelfth chapter of the book of Ezekiel, God instructs Ezekiel to perform several symbolic acts that represent the coming exile of Judah. These actions include packing a bag and digging a hole through a wall. The chapter also warns about false prophets who prophesy lies and deceive the people.

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In Ezekiel chapter 13, the Lord speaks through the prophet Ezekiel, condemning the false prophets who deceive the people with messages of peace when there is no peace. These prophets speak lies to boost their own popularity and financial gain. The Lord declares that He will bring judgment upon them and their false prophecies, exposing them for what they truly are.

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In Ezekiel chapter 14, God speaks to Ezekiel about the false prophets who have been leading His people astray. He warns that these individuals will be held accountable for their actions and that they will not be able to save themselves or their followers from impending judgment.

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In Ezekiel chapter 15, the prophet receives a message from the Lord regarding the people of Jerusalem. They are compared to a useless vine that cannot be used for anything, not even for making a utensil or peg. As a result, the Lord declares that he will set his face against them and punish them for their disobedience.

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In Ezekiel 16, the Lord speaks to the prophet Ezekiel about the history of Jerusalem and its constant unfaithfulness towards God. Using a metaphor of a newborn girl who is rescued and raised by a loving husband, God recounts how Jerusalem was rescued, nurtured, and blessed but still turned away from God and worshipped other gods. The chapter ends with a warning that Jerusalem will face judgment for its sins.

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In Ezekiel chapter 17, God uses the parable of two eagles and a vine to judge and condemn the leadership of Judah for their faithlessness and disobedience. The first eagle represents Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who takes a small branch from Judah and plants it in his own garden. The second eagle represents Egypt, who tries to revive the vine by offering protection, but fails. Ultimately, God promises to take matters into his own hands and restore the kingdom of Judah.

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In Ezekiel chapter 18, the prophet emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility for one's actions. He refutes the notion that children inherit the guilt or righteousness of their parents and emphasizes that every person is accountable for their own choices, both good and bad. God desires that the wicked turn from their ways and live, and that the righteous not become complacent in their obedience.

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In Ezekiel chapter 19, the prophet uses a funeral lament to mourn the fall of the royal family of Israel. He compares the kings and princes of Israel to a lioness and her cubs, emphasizing their power and prominence. However, their arrogance and disobedience ultimately lead to their downfall, much like the lioness losing her cubs and power.

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In Ezekiel chapter 20, God discusses Israel's history of rebelliousness towards Him. He details how the Israelites worshiped false gods and engaged in sinful practices, leading to their exile in Babylon. Despite this, God reveals His mercy on Israel by promising to restore them to their homeland and forgive their sins.

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In Ezekiel chapter 21, God speaks to the prophet about the sword of judgment that will come upon Jerusalem and the disobedient people of Israel. He uses vivid imagery to describe the sword and the destruction it will cause, warning the people to repent and turn back to Him before it is too late.

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Ezekiel 22 describes the sinful state of Jerusalem and the judgment that God will bring upon the city as a result. The chapter highlights various forms of wickedness, including oppression, idolatry, and sexual immorality, and depicts a society that has turned away from God and towards evil. Ultimately, the chapter emphasizes the severity of sin and the importance of repentance.

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In Ezekiel 23, the prophet receives a vision from God about two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, who represent the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Both sisters have committed adultery and idolatry, forsaking their covenant with God. God expresses his anger and judgment against them, and they will face destruction and captivity as a result of their actions.

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In Ezekiel chapter 24, God uses a parable of a cooking pot to illustrate the impending doom of Jerusalem. The cooking pot represents the city and its people, who are filled with corruption and wickedness. God orders Ezekiel to fill the pot with choice pieces of meat and boil it, demonstrating how the city will be destroyed and the people within it will suffer. The chapter ends with God declaring that the people's sin and disobedience will not go unpunished.

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In Ezekiel chapter 25, God speaks through the prophet Ezekiel, delivering prophecies against neighboring nations. The nations of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, and Tyre will all face judgment and punishment for their disobedience towards God’s people, and their celebration at the destruction of Israel.

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In Ezekiel chapter 26, God reveals His judgment against the city of Tyre for its pride, arrogance, and cruelty towards His people. The city's destruction is prophesied, and its residents are warned of the impending calamity.

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In Ezekiel chapter 27, the prophet laments the fall of the great city of Tyre, a major trading hub of the ancient world. He describes the city's splendor and commercial success, but then prophesies its demise due to its pride, arrogance, and idolatry. The chapter serves as both a warning to other nations and a reminder of God's judgment on those who ignore his commands and pursue their own selfish goals.

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In Ezekiel 28, the prophet delivers a message from God to the king of Tyre, condemning his pride and arrogance. The king is compared to a magnificent but fallible creature, ultimately doomed to destruction for his refusal to acknowledge his own mortality and dependence on the divine.

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In Ezekiel 29, God prophesies through the prophet Ezekiel about the impending destruction of Egypt due to their arrogance and refusal to acknowledge God's supreme power. God declares that He will use Babylon as His instrument of judgment against Egypt and that the once-great nation will become a desolate wasteland for 40 years.

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The Lord prophesies through Ezekiel the coming of a day of judgment for Egypt. He predicts that Babylon, with the help of other nations, will conquer Egypt and leave it desolate. This will be punishment for Egypt's arrogance and idolatry, as well as a warning to other nations who have strayed from God.

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In Ezekiel 31, the prophet receives a message from God about the downfall of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Using the metaphor of a great cedar tree, God describes how Pharaoh's power and pride will be stripped away, and he will be brought low like an ordinary human.

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In Ezekiel chapter 32, the prophet continues his oracle against Egypt, specifically mourning the downfall of Pharaoh and his allies. The chapter describes the impending destruction and humiliation of Egypt as a punishment for their pride and arrogance. Ezekiel also compares the fall of Egypt to that of other nations who have been humbled by God.

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In Ezekiel 33, God calls Ezekiel to be a watchman over his people, responsible for sounding the alarm when danger is near. The chapter highlights the watchman's responsibility to warn the people of impending judgment and of the consequences of their sinful actions.

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In Ezekiel chapter 34, the Lord rebukes the shepherds of Israel for their failure to take care of His flock, leading to the scattering and suffering of His people. He promises to come and gather His sheep Himself, leading them to green pastures and still waters, and to judge between the fat and the lean sheep. The chapter ends with the Lord affirming His covenant with His people and promising to make a new covenant of peace with them.

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In Ezekiel chapter 35, the Lord gives a message of judgment against Mount Seir, the territory of Edom. The Edomites had been historically hostile towards the people of Israel, and now they will face the consequences of their actions. The Lord promises to turn Mount Seir into a desolation and a wasteland, with no inhabitant left.

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In Ezekiel chapter 36, God speaks through the prophet Ezekiel, foretelling the restoration of Israel. He promises to restore the land, increase the population, bring an end to famine, and cleanse the people from their sins. God declares that He will do this not because the Israelites deserve it, but because of His covenant promise to them.

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In Ezekiel 37, the prophet receives a vision of a valley filled with dry bones. God challenges Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones and they come to life, representing the restoration of the people of Israel. God promises to gather his people together from all over the world and revive them, giving them a new spirit and a new heart.

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In Ezekiel 38, God tells the prophet about a future invasion of Israel by a coalition of nations led by Gog from the land of Magog. The army is described as a vast horde, coming to plunder the land and take Israel's wealth. However, God promises to intervene and defeat Gog's army, showing his power to both Israel and the nations.

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In Ezekiel chapter 39, the prophet receives another vision from the Lord about the destruction of Gog, the leader of a coalition of nations who will come against Israel in the latter days. The Lord declares that He will bring Gog and his armies to a violent end, and their corpses will be left on the mountains of Israel as a testament to His power and righteousness. The chapter ends with a promise that Israel will dwell in safety and security forever.

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In chapter 40 of the Book of Ezekiel, the prophet Ezekiel receives a vision of a new temple that is to be built by God. The detailed descriptions of the temple and its surrounding areas are given, including the measurements and the intricate designs of each section. The vision also includes the appointment of the priesthood to minister in the new temple.

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In Ezekiel chapter 41, the prophet receives a detailed vision of the inner chambers of the temple. The chapter provides measurements and descriptions of the sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, and the side chambers. It emphasizes the grandeur and holiness of the temple, as well as the importance of its specific dimensions and layouts.

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Ezekiel 42 describes the inner courts of the temple, including the chambers for the priests and the preparation rooms for sacrifices. The chapter also details the measurements and dimensions of the various areas, highlighting the precision and intentionality of God's design.

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In Ezekiel chapter 43, the prophet receives a vision of the glory of God returning to the temple. He sees the Lord on his throne, and the temple is filled with his glory. The Lord tells Ezekiel that he will dwell in the midst of his people forever, and that they will never again defile his holy name.

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In Ezekiel 44, the Lord instructs the prophet on the holiness of the newly restored temple. The chapter lays out who is allowed to enter the temple and who is forbidden, emphasizing the importance of purity and adherence to God's law. The priests are given specific duties to carry out, and the chapter ends with a reminder of God's faithfulness to His covenant with His people.

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Ezekiel receives a vision from God in which he is instructed to divide the land among the people and the prince, and to establish the proper measurements for the offerings to be presented to God. The chapter also includes instructions for the prince's duties in observing the festivals and sacrifices.

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Ezekiel received a vision of the new temple which would be built in Jerusalem, and in chapter 46, he describes the regulations for the worship that would take place there. The chapter details the gate through which the Prince would enter and exit during different times of worship and offerings to the Lord, the offerings that would be presented to God on different days, and the provision for the Prince to have a special area for his offering.

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In chapter 47 of Ezekiel, the prophet has a vision of a temple river flowing from the sanctuary of the temple. As the water rises, it brings life and healing to the barren wilderness, and fishermen are able to catch many fish in the river.

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In Ezekiel chapter 48, the prophet receives a vision from God regarding the allotment of land for the twelve tribes of Israel in the Promised Land. The chapter details the specific borders and dimensions of the territories allotted to each tribe, with emphasis on the special portion designated for the Lord’s sanctuary.

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FAQ

How long does it take to read the whole book of Ezekiel?

Assuming a reader with an average reading speed of 300 WPM reads the Book of Ezekiel, it would take approximately 1 hours and 47 minutes to finish.

How many verses and chapters does the book of Ezekiel have?

There are 1273 verses in the book of Ezekiel, which is organized into 48 chapters.

When did the book of Ezekiel take place?

The book of Ezekiel was written within the range of 590-570 BCE.

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