New Defender's Study Bible Notes
11:1 the spirit lifted me up. See notes on Ezekiel 3:14 and 8:3.
11:1 princes of the people. These “leaders of the people” were ignoring the divine command given through the prophet Jeremiah to surrender to the Chaldeans, telling them instead to continue to build their houses and go about business as usual.
11:3 the caldron. The ungodly leaders were telling the people that they were as secure behind their walls as meat in a cooking pot.
11:13 Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. The death of their chief leader (note Ezekiel 11:1) should have alerted the people to the fact that his counsel was not from God. Rather, it was a precursive fulfillment of God’s warning that the whole city would die.
11:16 as a little sanctuary. God graciously promised the believing remnant that, even though their great temple sanctuary was about to be destroyed, He Himself would be their “temple” wherever they might be in their dispersion.
11:17 scattered. Even in wrath, God remembers mercy, promising the ultimate restoration of His chosen people to their promised land.
11:19 new spirit. This gracious promise, to be fulfilled in the last days, repeats in effect the prophecy of the “new covenant” promised through Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
11:23 the mountain. This passage probably refers to the Mount of Olives, which is very significant in prophecy (e.g., Matthew 24:3; Acts 1:10-12; Zechariah 14:4). The glory of God had finally left the temple and the city, indicating His abandonment thereof, leaving it to destruction by the wicked Babylonians. With the glory of God departed, the invaders were unhindered in their vengeance on the people and temple of God. The Spirit then carried Ezekiel back to Chaldea (Ezekiel 11:24), and the captives there by the Chebar River, ending this particular vision.