Ezekiel 35:1-4

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.

Ezekiel 35:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

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 35:1-4 In-Context

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.

Cross References 5

  • 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
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