Ezekiel 30:3

3 For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near— a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.

Ezekiel 30:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
ESV
3 For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.
NLT
3 for the terrible day is almost here— the day of the LORD ! It is a day of clouds and gloom, a day of despair for the nations.
MSG
3 "'Doomsday!' Time's up! God's big day of judgment is near. Thick clouds are rolling in. It's doomsday for the nations.
CSB
3 For a day is near; a day belonging to the Lord is near. It will be a day of clouds, a time [of doom] for the nations.

Ezekiel 30:3 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 30:3

For the day is near
The day of Egypt's destruction, the time fixed for it: even the day of the Lord is near;
the day appointed by him, and in which he would make himself known by the judgments he executed: Kimchi observes, that, the same year this prophecy was delivered, Egypt was given into the hands of the king of Babylon: a cloudy day;
or; "a day of cloud" F5; which was seldom seen in Egypt in a literal sense, rarely having any rain, their country being watered by the Nile; but now, in a figurative sense, the clouds would gather thick and black, and threaten with a horrible tempest of divine wrath, and of ruin and destruction: it shall be the time of the Heathen:
both when the Heathen nation of the Chaldeans should distress and conquer others; and when Heathen nations, as the Egyptians, Ethiopians, and others, should be destroyed by them. The Targum is,

``it shall be the time of the breaking or destruction of the people.''

FOOTNOTES:

F5 (Nne Mwy) "dies nubis", V. L. Pagniaus, Montanus, Cocceius, Starckius.

Ezekiel 30:3 In-Context

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘Wail and say, “Alas for that day!”
3 For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near— a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.
4 A sword will come against Egypt, and anguish will come upon Cush.When the slain fall in Egypt, her wealth will be carried away and her foundations torn down.
5 Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Ezekiel 7:7; Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1,11; Obadiah 1:15
  • 2. ver 18; S Ezekiel 7:12,19; Ezekiel 32:7; Ezekiel 34:12