1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

The elders come to Ezekiel, pretending to seek God, but not with a complete heart for Him alone, which He demands. They served Him superficially, but they had idols of self-will in their hearts, to do with their time and wealth as they wished. Noah, Daniel and Job together - men of outstanding righteousness - couldn't save the land now (v14).

Bro Growcott - Prophecies in the captivity