“The Spirit said to me.
‘Son of man!
These are the men
Who devise iniquity!
They give wicked counsel
In this city!
‘The time is not near
To build houses.
This city is the pot.
We are the meat.’
O son of man!’”
This Spirit of Yahweh spoke to Ezekiel. As in chapter 8, these 25 men were full of iniquity. They gave wicked advice in the city of Jerusalem. They even cited a proverb that it was not time to build houses. They were the meat to be cooked in the pot of Jerusalem. This Holy Spirit wanted Ezekiel, the son of man, to prophesize against these evil men.
“Evil people seek only rebellion.
A cruel messenger will be sent against them.
Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs,
Than to confront a fool immersed in folly.
Evil will not depart from the house
Of one who returns evil for good.
The beginning of strife is
Like letting out water.
So stop before the quarrel breaks out.
Whoever justifies the wicked,
Whoever condemns the righteous,
Are both alike.
They are an abomination to Yahweh.”
The evil people are rebellious. Therefore the good are in favor of the status quo. A cruel messenger will be sent to evil rebels, perhaps the angel of death. You are better off meeting a mama bear with her cubs than trying to confront a fool in his foolishness. Evil will stay in the house of those who return evil for good. A quarrel or strife is like running water. It is better to stop the quarrel before it breaks out. Whether you justify the wicked or condemn the righteous, you are both alike, an abomination before Yahweh.
To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of David
From evil men.
From those who are violent.
From those who plan evil things in their minds.
From those who stir up wars continually.
They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s tongue.
Under their lips is the poison of vipers.”
Psalm 140 is another in this series of deliverance choral psalms of David. This is a lament against evil men. David wants to be protected from violent people, evil minds, and war mongers. These evil men have tongues like snakes. Their lips were like the poison of vipers. This section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.