Ezekiel 35

A Prophecy Against Edom

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir; prophesy against it
3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you and make you a desolate waste.
4 I will turn your towns into ruins and you will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
5 “ ‘Because you harbored an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax,
6 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.
7 I will make Mount Seir a desolate waste and cut off from it all who come and go.
8 I will fill your mountains with the slain; those killed by the sword will fall on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines.
9 I will make you desolate forever; your towns will not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
10 “ ‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the LORD was there,
11 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.
12 Then you will know that I the LORD have heard all the contemptible things you have said against the mountains of Israel. You said, “They have been laid waste and have been given over to us to devour.”
13 You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it.
14 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate.
15 Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. You will be desolate, Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

Ezekiel 35 Commentary

Chapter 35

A prophecy against Edom.

Verses 1-9 All who have God against them, have the word of God against them. Those that have a constant hatred to God and his people, as the carnal mind has, can only expect to be made desolate for ever.

Verses 10-15 When we see the vanity of the world in the disappointments, losses, and crosses, which others meet with, instead of showing ourselves greedy of worldly things, we should sit more loose to them. In the multitude of words, not one is unknown to God; not the most idle word; and the most daring is not above his rebuke. In the destruction of the enemies of the church, God designs his own glory; and we may be sure that he will not come short of his design. And when the fulness of the Jews and Gentiles shall come into the church, all antichristian opposers shall be destroyed.

Cross References 25

  • 1. S Genesis 14:6
  • 2. S Jeremiah 6:12
  • 3. S Isaiah 34:10; Ezekiel 25:12-14
  • 4. Jeremiah 44:2
  • 5. ver 9; S Jeremiah 49:10
  • 6. S Psalms 63:10
  • 7. Obadiah 1:13
  • 8. Psalms 137:7; S Ezekiel 21:29
  • 9. S Isaiah 34:3
  • 10. Isaiah 63:2-6
  • 11. S Jeremiah 46:19
  • 12. S Jeremiah 49:17
  • 13. S Ezekiel 31:12
  • 14. Obadiah 1:10
  • 15. S Isaiah 34:5-6; S Jeremiah 49:13
  • 16. S Psalms 83:12; Ezekiel 36:2,5
  • 17. Ezekiel 25:14
  • 18. S Psalms 9:16; Obadiah 1:15; S Matthew 7:2
  • 19. S Jeremiah 50:7
  • 20. S Jeremiah 49:16
  • 21. Daniel 11:36
  • 22. Jeremiah 51:48
  • 23. Ezekiel 36:5; Obadiah 1:12
  • 24. ver 3
  • 25. S Isa 34:5-6,11; Jeremiah 50:11-13; S Lamentations 4:21; S Ezekiel 32:29

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL 35

This chapter is a prophecy of the destruction of Edom, which is threatened, Eze 35:1-4, the cause of it, their hatred and slaughter of the Israelites, Eze 35:5-9, their claim of the lands of Israel and Judah for possession, Eze 35:10,11, their blasphemies against the people of God, and the Lord himself, Eze 35:12,13, the aggravation of their ruin, which was irretrievable; that when it was well with others, it should go ill with them; by way of just retaliation, Eze 35:14,15.

Ezekiel 35 Commentaries