Ezekiel in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(the strength of God), one of the four greater prophets, was
the son of a priest named Buzi, and was taken captive in the
captivity of Jehoiachin, eleven years before the destruction
of Jerusalem. He was a member of a community of Jewish
exiles who settled on the banks of the Chebar, a "river' or
stream of Babylonia. He began prophesying B.C. 595, and
continued until B.C. 573, a period of more than twenty-two
years. We learn from an incidental allusion, Eze 24:18 that
he was married, and had a house, Eze 8:1 in his place of
exile, and lost his wife by a sudden and unforeseen stroke.
He lived in the highest consideration among his companions
in exile, and their elders consulted him on all occasions.
He is said to have been buried on the banks of the
Euphrates. The tomb, said to have been built by Jehoiachin,
is shown, a few days journey from Bagdad. Ezekiel was
distinguished by his stern and inflexible energy of will and
character and his devoted adherence to the rites and
ceremonies of his national religion. The depth of his matter
and the marvellous nature of his visions make him
occasionally obscure. Prophecy of Ezekiel. --The book is
divided into two great parts, of which the destruction of
Jerusalem is the turning-point. Chapters 1-24 contain
predictions delivered before that event, and chs. 25-48
after it, as we see from ch. Eze 26:2 Again, chs. 1-32 are
mainly occupied with correction, denunciation and reproof,
while the remainder deal chiefly in consolation and promise.
A parenthetical section in the middle of the book, chs. 25-
32, contains a group of prophecies against seven foreign
nations, the septenary arrangement being apparently
intentional. There are no direct quotations from Ezekiel in
the New Testament, but in the Apocalypse there are many
parallels and obvious allusions to the later chapters 40-48.