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And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:1 seventh year. This was probably the seventh year of their captivity (compare Ezekiel 1:2 and 40:1). The elders had come to inquire of Ezekiel at least twice before (Ezekiel 8:1; 14:1). All three times they were rebuked, for they continued to hope that God would restore them to the land, but they nevertheless continued in the same spirit of rebellion against His Word.

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