Ezekiel 20:35

35 I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment upon you.

Read Ezekiel 20:35 Using Other Translations

And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.
I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will judge you face to face.

What does Ezekiel 20:35 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 20:35

And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people
Into Babylon, and into captivity there, which they thought to avoid by fleeing to other countries. Some think that those inhospitable nations are meant, Syro-media, Caspia, Hyrcania, Iberia, and others, into which many of the Jews were brought, who sought to live elsewhere than at Babylon; and others are of opinion that this respects the time of their return from Babylon to their own land, between which lay a wilderness, here referred to; but perhaps the prophecy respects the present state of the Jews, in which they have continued ever since their destruction by the Romans; through whom they have been brought among the several nations of the world, particularly the Roman empire, compared to a wilderness; and represented as a populous one, as it is, and in which the beast, or antichrist, now is; see ( Revelation 17:3 ) and there will I plead with you face to face; judge, condemn, and take vengeance, or inflict punishment on them in the most public manner, as he now does. The Targum is, "and I will take vengeance on you face to face".

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