14:14 They would by their righteousness save only themselves
Hearing of Yerushalayim’s imminent demise, one can imagine that Yechezkel would have entreated God go save the city, as Avraham had before Sodom was destroyed, by means of the following plea: Could the presence of righteous people in the city perhaps prevent its destruction? Hashem responds by listing three great people, Noach, Daniel, and Iyov, whose personal piety was beyond reproach. Noach was faced with the destruction of mankind, Daniel was faced with the destruction of the nation and Iyov was confronted by the destruction of his family. However, each one was able to save only themselves, but not the others around them. The presence of the righteous can only assist others who are willing to learn and be influenced by them.