Ezekiel 25

 

וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃   25:1

Ezek. 25:1   And the word of the Lord occurred to me saying,

בֶּן־אָדָם שִׂים פָּנֶיךָ אֶל־בְּנֵי עַמֹּון וְהִנָּבֵא עֲלֵיהֶם׃   25:2

Ezek. 25:2   “Human, set your face toward the children of Ammon and prophesy concerning them,

וְאָמַרְתָּ לִבְנֵי עַמֹּון שִׁמְעוּ דְּבַר־אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה יַעַן אָמְרֵךְ הֶאָח אֶל־מִקְדָּשִׁי   25:3            כִי־נִחָל וְאֶל־אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי נָשַׁמָּה וְאֶל־בֵּית יְהוּדָה כִּי הָלְכוּ בַּגֹּולָה׃

Ezek. 25:3   and you shall say to the children of Ammon, ‘Hear the word of the Master, the Lord! Thus says the Master, the Lord:  Because of your saying, ‘Aha!’ concerning My sanctuary when it was profaned, and concerning the soil of Israel when it was made desolate, and concerning the house of Judah when they went into exile,

לָכֵן הִנְנִי נֹתְנָךְ לִבְנֵי־קֶדֶם לְמֹורָשָׁה וְיִשְּׁבוּ טִירֹותֵיהֶם בָּךְ וְנָתְנוּ בָךְ מִשְׁכְּנֵיהֶם הֵמָּה יֹאכְלוּ פִרְיֵךְּ   25:4

 וְהֵמָּה יִשְׁתּוּ חֲלָבֵךְ׃

Ezek. 25:4   for this, behold, I am delivering you to the children of the east for a possession, and they will set their encampments in you and put their dwellings in you; they will eat of your fruit and they will drink of your milk.’

No one knows with certainty when and how this would take place, but it was not in the next few years at least.  As the Lord says the invaders will settle in the Ammonite cities, it did not happen for some time.  The invasion by Babylonian forces occurred soon after this time, but no one settled in the cities, as far as we know.

וְנָתַתִּי אֶת־רַבָּה לִנְוֵה גְמַלִּים וְאֶת־בְּנֵי עַמֹּון לְמִרְבַּץ־צֹאן וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה׃   25:5

Ezek. 25:5   ‘And I will make Rabbah for a camel pasture, and the children of Ammon to belong to a place of sheep; then you may know that I am the Lord.’

כִּי כֹה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה יַעַן מַחְאֲךָ יָד וְרַקְעֲךָ בְּרָגֶל וַתִּשְׂמַח בְּכָל־שָׁאטְךָ בְּנֶפֶשׁ אֶל־אַדְמַת   25:6          יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

Ezek. 25:6   ‘For thus says the Master, the Lord:  Because of your clapping of hands and your stamping with the feet, and you rejoiced with all your contempt in the soul concerning the soil of Israel,

לָכֵן הִנְנִי נָטִיתִי אֶת־יָדִי עָלֶיךָ וּנְתַתִּיךָ־(לְבַג) [לְבַז] לַגֹּויִם וְהִכְרַתִּיךָ מִן־הָעַמִּים וְהַאֲבַדְתִּיךָ   25:7

 מִן־הָאֲרָצֹות  אַשְׁמִידְךָ וְיָדַעְתָּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה׃

Ezek. 25:7   for this, behold, I extend My hand against you and deliver you for a spoil to the nations, and I will let you be cut off from the peoples and let you vanish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.’

The word within the parentheses is spelled with a gimel instead of a zion, and thus represents an error.  The correction is in the brackets.

כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה יַעַן אֲמֹר מֹואָב וְשֵׂעִיר הִנֵּה כְּכָל־הַגֹּויִם בֵּית יְהוּדָה׃   25:8

Ezek. 25:8   ‘Thus says the Master, the Lord:  Because Moab says, with Seir, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the nations,’

לָכֵן הִנְנִי פֹתֵחַ אֶת־כֶּתֶף מֹואָב מֵהֶעָרִים מֵעָרָיו מִקָּצֵהוּ צְבִי אֶרֶץ בֵּית הַיְשִׁימֹת בַּעַל מְעֹון   25:9           וְקִרְיָתְמָה) [וְקִרְיָתָיְמָה]׃

Ezek. 25:9   for this, behold, I am throwing open the side of Moab, of some of the cities, some of its cities on its frontiers, the beautiful of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim,

The word preceding the left parenthesis is missing a yad.  The correction is in the brackets.  Once again, please ignore the missing right parenthesis.

לִבְנֵי־קֶדֶם עַל־בְּנֵי עַמֹּון וּנְתַתִּיהָ לְמֹורָשָׁה לְמַעַן לֹא־תִזָּכֵר בְּנֵי־עַמֹּון בַּגֹּויִם׃   25:10

Ezek. 25:10   to the children of the east, beside the children of Ammon, and I will give it for a possession, so that the children of Ammon would not be remembered by the nations.’

וּבְמֹואָב אֶעֱשֶׂה שְׁפָטִים וְיָדְעוּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה׃   25:11

Ezek. 25:11   And I will execute judgments on Moab, and they may know that I am the Lord.’

כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה יַעַן עֲשֹׂות אֱדֹום בִּנְקֹם נָקָם לְבֵית יְהוּדָה וַיֶּאְשְׁמוּ אָשֹׁום וְנִקְּמוּ בָהֶם׃   25:12

Ezek. 25:12   ‘Thus says the Master, the Lord:  Because of the actions of Edom by dealing vengeance to the house of Judah when they committed an offense and took vengeance on them,

לָכֵן כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה וְנָטִתִי יָדִי עַל־אֱדֹום וְהִכְרַתִּי מִמֶּנָּה אָדָם וּבְהֵמָה וּנְתַתִּיהָ חָרְבָּה מִתֵּימָן   25:13 וּדְדָנֶה בַּחֶרֶב יִפֹּלוּ׃

Ezek. 25:13   for this, thus says the Master, the Lord:  I will also stretch out My hand against Edom and I will cut down man and beast from it, will make of it a desolation, both Teman and Dedan; they shall fall by the sword.’

וְנָתַתִּי אֶת־נִקְמָתִי בֶּאֱדֹום בְּיַד עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעָשׂוּ בֶאֱדֹום כְּאַפִּי וְכַחֲמָתִי וְיָדְעוּ אֶת־נִקְמָתִי נְאֻם   25:14   אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה׃

Ezek. 25:14   ‘And I will deliver My ‘vengeance’ on Edom at the hand of My people, Israel, and they shall do to Edom according to My ‘anger’ and according to My ‘rage,’ and they shall know My ‘vengeance,’ declares the Master, the Lord.’

This didn’t happen until hundreds of years later, when the Maccabees overran Edom and incorporated it into Israel.

כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה יַעַן עֲשֹׂות פְּלִשְׁתִּים בִּנְקָמָה וַיִּנָּקְמוּ נָקָם בִּשְׁאָט בְּנֶפֶשׁ לְמַשְׁחִית אֵיבַת   25:15

 עֹולָם׃

Ezek. 25:15   ‘Thus says the Master, the Lord:  Because of the actions of the Philistines in revenge when they took vengeance with contempt, with a hateful passion for destruction of old,

לָכֵן כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנְנִי נֹוטֶה יָדִי עַל־פְּלִשְׁתִּים וְהִכְרַתִּי אֶת־כְּרֵתִים וְהַאֲבַדְתִּי אֶת־שְׁאֵרִית   25:16 חֹוף הַיָּם׃

Ezek. 25:16   for this, thus says the Master, the Lord:  Behold, I am stretching out My hand against the Philistines and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.’

The name Cherethites is assumed to be another name for the Philistines.  It is believed that they originally came from the island of Crete, which might have been known as Cerethim.                [Return to Zeph. 2:5]

וְעָשִׂיתִי בָם נְקָמֹות גְּדֹלֹות בְּתֹוכְחֹות חֵמָה וְיָדְעוּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה בְּתִתִּי אֶת־נִקְמָתִי בָּם׃   25:17

Ezek. 25:17   ‘And I will execute great acts of ‘vengeance’ upon them with rebukes of ‘rage,’ and they will know that I am the Lord by My delivering My ‘vengeance’ upon them.’”

 

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