Ezekiel 35:5

5 “Your eternal hatred for the people of Israel led you to butcher them when they were helpless, when I had already punished them for all their sins.

Ezekiel 35:5 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 35:5

Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred
There was an old grudge and enmity subsisting in the posterity of Esau against the posterity of Jacob, because the latter supplanted the former, and got the birthright and blessing from him; and which was discovered in all ages, and at all opportunities, and on all occasions which offered; and such has been the hatred of the church of Rome against the true professors and followers of Christ, as their bloody persecution of them in all ages have shown: and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the
sword in the time of their calamity:
when Jerusalem was taken by the Chaldeans, the Edomites not only rejoiced at it, and took part of the spoil, but stood in the crossways, and slew those that made their escape; or drove them back upon the sword of the enemy; or delivered them into their hands; which was barbarous and inhuman usage of their neighbours and brethren; see ( Obadiah 1:10 Obadiah 1:11 ) . The Targum is,

``and thou didst deliver the children of Israel into the hands of those that slay with the sword, in the time of their destruction:''
in the time that their iniquity had an end;
when either the measure of that was full; or when they received for it full correction and chastisement; at the consummation of that.

Ezekiel 35:5 In-Context

3 Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD : “I am your enemy, O Mount Seir, and I will raise my fist against you to destroy you completely.
4 I will demolish your cities and make you desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD .
5 “Your eternal hatred for the people of Israel led you to butcher them when they were helpless, when I had already punished them for all their sins.
6 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, since you show no distaste for blood, I will give you a bloodbath of your own. Your turn has come!
7 I will make Mount Seir utterly desolate, killing off all who try to escape and any who return.