Ezekiel 25:15

Prophecy Against Philistia

15 "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because 1the Philistines 2acted revengefully and took vengeance 3with malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity,

Ezekiel 25:15 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 25:15

Thus saith the Lord God
Once more, and concerning another enemy of the people of Israel, and who had been of old an implacable one: because the Philistines have dealt by revenge:
for what they suffered in the times of Saul, when Goliath was slain by David, and their army was discomfited; and for the overthrow of them by David, when he came to throne; and for his burning their images, and subduing them, ( 1 Samuel 17:51 1 Samuel 17:52 ) ( 2 Samuel 5:20 2 Samuel 5:21 2 Samuel 5:25 ) ( 8:1 ) , this revenge they took in the time of Ahaz, ( 2 Chronicles 28:18 ) , and very probably also showed their spite at the time of Jerusalem's destruction: and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the
old hatred;
which they bore to the people of Israel, from their first settlement in Canaan; from the times of the judges, particularly Samson; and from the times of Saul and David: it was an old grudge they bore, they had spite and malice in their hearts, and wanted an opportunity to vent it; having determined to take vengeance when they could, and utterly destroy them from being a people; very likely, through despite, they assisted the Chaldean army: or, this they did "with a perpetual hatred" F26; they did everything they could, in a spiteful and malicious way, to perpetuate the hatred between them and Israel.


F26 (Mlwe tbya) "inimictias perpetuas", Pagninus; "iuimietia perpetua", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator

Ezekiel 25:15 In-Context

13 therefore thus says the Lord GOD, I will stretch out my hand against Edom and cut off from it man and beast. And I will make it desolate; from Teman even to Dedan they shall fall by the sword.
14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they shall do in Edom according to my anger and according to my wrath, and they shall know my vengeance, declares the Lord GOD.
15 "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the Philistines acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity,
16 therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the rest of the seacoast.
17 I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon them."

Cross References 3

  • 1. Jeremiah 25:20; Jeremiah 47:1; Joel 3:4; Amos 1:6; Zephaniah 2:4; See Isaiah 14:29-31
  • 2. ver. 12
  • 3. ver. 6; Ezekiel 36:5
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