New Defender's Study Bible Notes
21:3 draw forth my sword. The symbol of God’s unsheathed sword exercising judgment against His people is repeatedly emphasized in this chapter (Ezekiel 21:3,4,5,9,11,14,15,19,20,28,30, etc.). God’s symbolic sword is exercised physically as “the sword of the king of Babylon” (Ezekiel 21:19).
21:21 divination. Those who do not have the guidance of God through His Word or by His Spirit may seek various magical devices to help them “divine” which way to go. The Babylonians apparently divined by arrows (like drawing straws), by consulting the spirits indwelling their images, or by the shape of the livers of slain animals. But such devices easily become “false divination” (Ezekiel 21:23), if their imagined results are contrary to God’s will.
21:25 wicked prince. The reference is to King Zedekiah, who rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar after the latter had appointed him as nominal king of Israel.
21:27 whose right it is. The right to Judah’s crown (Ezekiel 21:26) was taken away from the line of rebellious princes of Israel (Ezekiel 21:25) by the Lord, using the king of Babylon, and will be withheld until the Messiah comes, for He alone has the true right to the throne. See Jeremiah 22:28-30 and 33:15-17.
21:28 concerning the Ammonites. The Ammonites (note also Ezekiel 21:20) had collaborated with Zedekiah in rebelling against the Babylonians, and were thus under the same judgment.