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The first cycle of the predictions of the prophet embraces ch. i.-vii. A sublime vision forms the introduction. To this prophetic discourses are appended which serve to explain the vision. At the close in ch. vii. a song.
In ch. i. 1-3 the introduction. Ver. 1. And it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, ou the fifth day, as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2. On the fifth day of the month (in the said year), which was the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, 3. The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel, the son of Buzi, the priest, in the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
The book begins with an and. This must necessarily connect it with an earlier book, as the book of Joshua, by a like beginning, is connected with the Pentateuch, the book of Judges with Joshua, the books of Samuel, as also the book of Ruth, with that of Judges. In general, Ezekiel, by beginning with an and, presents itself as one link of a chain of sacred books, as the book of Esther, beginning in the same way, is joined only in general to the preceding sacred literature; but in particular it is connected with Jeremiah, as appears from the fact that throughout it is fastened par excellence to this link of the prophetic chain. Shortly before the appearance of Ezekiel, Jeremiah had addressed a missive to the exiles. This formed, as it were, the programme of the agency which Ezekiel developed under him.