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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel

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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 25: Prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia

  

Context

Part 5: Prophecies of warnings against other peoples

Ch.25 – Prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia

Part 5a: Tyre

Ch.26 – A prophecy against Tyre

Ch.27 – A lament that will be sung over Tyre

Ch.28 – A prophecy against the king of Tyre

Part 5b Egypt

Ch.29 Prophecies, Parts 1 & 2 against Egypt

Ch.30 – Prophecies, Parts 3 & 4 against Egypt

Ch.31 – Prophecy, Part 5 against Egypt

Ch.32 – Prophecies, Parts 6 & 7 against Egypt

   

 

[Preliminary Comment: The end of chapter 24 brought to an end the section of prophecies against Jerusalem up to the point where Ezekiel is warned that the fall of Jerusalem is very near. Now follows a number of chapters of prophecies against various peoples in the region, most of whom have been a thorn in Israel's side at some time or another.]

 

 

v.1-7 A prophecy against Ammon

 

v.1 The word of the Lord came to me:

v.2  ‘Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

v.3  Say to them, “Hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: because you said ‘Aha!' over my sanctuary when it was desecrated and over the land of Israel when it was laid waste and over the people of Judah when they went into exile,

v.4  therefore I am going to give you to the people of the East as a possession. They will set up their camps and pitch their tents among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.

v.5  I will turn Rabbah into a pasture for camels and Ammon into a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

v.6  For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet, rejoicing with all the malice of your heart against the land of Israel,

v.7  therefore I will stretch out my hand against you and give you as plunder to the nations. I will wipe you out from among the nations and exterminate you from the countries. I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.”'

 

[Notes: A word to the people to the far east of the nation who had attacked Israel numerous times – see Judg 10,11, 1 Sam 11, 2 Sam 10 – and whose gods infiltrated the life of Israel – 1 Kings 11. They had rejoiced when Israel suffered so now they will be overrun and destroyed.]

 

 

v.8-11 A prophecy against Moab

 

v.8  ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Because Moab and Seir said, ‘Look, Judah has become like all the other nations,'

v.9  therefore I will expose the flank of Moab, beginning at its frontier towns – Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon and Kiriathaim – the glory of that land.

v.10  I will give Moab along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, so that the Ammonites will not be remembered among the nations;

v.11  and I will inflict punishment on Moab. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”'

 

[Notes: Likewise Moab, to the southeast of the nation, who disdained Israel, will suffer the same fate as the Ammonites.]

 

 

v.12-14 A prophecy against Edom

 

v.12  ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Because Edom took revenge on Judah and became very guilty by doing so,

v.13  therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill both man and beast. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan they will fall by the sword.

v.14  I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign Lord.”'

 

[Notes: Edom, descended from Esau, living in the far south, had always been negative towards Israel and had taken whatever opportunity that arose to oppose them, most recently in the reign of Ahaz [2 Chron 28:17]; thus now they will be punished.]

 

 

v.15-17 A prophecy against Philistia

 

v.15 ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah,

v.16  therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will wipe out the Kerethites and destroy those remaining along the coast.

v.17  I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance on them.”'

 

[Notes: The Philistines, in the south-west, had been an enemy of Israel from their earlies days in the land [after a number of amicable years previously with the Patriarchs]. For their ongoing incursions against Israel they would now be punished.]

    

     

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