New Defender's Study Bible Notes
22:3 city sheddeth blood. The city of Jerusalem, representing all Judah, with its kings and priests most guilty of all, had repeatedly been guilty of bloodshed—in the sacrificing of children to idols, in judicial executions of its prophets, and in its rebellion against the Babylonians (II Kings 21:16; 23:37; 24:9; 24:19; Matthew 23:37; etc.).
22:7 set light by father and mother. Not only had Israel broken the sixth commandment (against killing—Exodus 20:13), but also the fifth commandment, dishonoring their parents (Exodus 20:12), the fourth commandment, profaning the Sabbath (Ezekiel 22:8; see Exodus 20:8-11), the seventh commandment, committing many types of forbidden sexual sins (Ezekiel 22:10-11), the eighth commandment against stealing (Ezekiel 22:12; Exodus 20:15), the ninth commandment, carrying false tales (Ezekiel 22:9; Exodus 20:16), and the tenth commandment against all forms of covetousness (Ezekiel 22:11-12; Exodus 20:17), not even to mention the most flagrant sin of all, erecting and worshipping false gods in the name of the true God, thus despising the first three commandments (Exodus 20:3-7).
22:15 scatter thee among the heathen. Again God looks far ahead to the eventual worldwide dispersion of His rebellious people. Note Ezekiel 20:34.
22:30 stand in the gap. Moses long ago had “stood before Him in the breach” (Psalm 106:23) to keep God from destroying His people (Exodus 32:10-14). The Lord evidently desires those who know Him to intercede on behalf of those who have rebelled against Him, as Abraham did for the men of Sodom (Genesis 18:20-33). Note also the command in I Timothy 2:1-4.