How do you tell a true prophet from a false prophet? Zeke imagines that god tells him to prophesy against all those other ‘false’ prophets who are following only their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all (v 2-3). Are you kidding me? Pot… kettle. The rest of the chapter is a rant against these false prophets, and the only thing that’s notable about this rant, as opposed to all the others, is that female prophets are singled out for special condemnation (v 17-18).
The usual rant. Yawn. But then Yahweh says something curious: that the sin in Jerusalem is so bad that “Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, their righteousness would save no one but themselves” (v 14). Why is this peculiar? Because the book of Daniel was not yet written during the time of Ezekiel. (This is part of the evidence that the book of Ezekiel was edited and added to by later writers. We haven’t gotten to Daniel yet, but modern scholars believe that it was written during the 2nd century BCE.)
And then god goes off on another rant about how he could/would destroy Jerusalem with war/famine/wild animals/disease. What a maniac!
This is a strange metaphor, comparing Jews to grapevines. (Since both are useless, they may as well be thrown onto the fire and burned. Ugh.)