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Ezekiel 11:22-25 – The Glory of the Lord Departs from Jerusalem

Summary

In a vision, Ezekiel sees the glory of the Lord depart from Jerusalem on the throne-chariot.

Analysis

The throne-chariot of God is a powerful symbol of God's presence and glory in this book. After seeing the "glory" of God leave the temple in chapter 10, this next passage, which discusses the throne-chariot, has the glory of the Lord leaving the city (11:23). This signals the end of this particular vision, and the Spirit returns the prophet's gaze to the exiles in Babylon (11:24). It is unclear why the glory of the Lord stops at the mountains east of Jerusalem (perhaps the Mount of Olives).

Ezekiel 11:22-25

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23And the glory of the Lord ascended from the middle of the city, and stopped on the mountain east of the city. 24The spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen left me. 25And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.

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