Ezekiel 25 – “God Vows to Punish Israel’s Neighbors”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God vows to destroy Israel’s neighbors for reveling in Jerusalem’s downfall.

II. Photo
God vows to annihilate an Ammonite city: “I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels!” (v. 5a)

III. Important Verses
3-4: Say to the Ammonites: Hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus said the Lord GOD: Because you cried “Aha!” over My Sanctuary when it was desecrated, and over the land of Israel when it was laid waste, and over the House of Judah when it went into exile — assuredly, I will deliver you to the Kedemites as a possession. They shall set up their encampments among you and pitch their dwellings in your midst; they shall eat your produce and they shall drink your milk.
6-7: For thus said the Lord GOD: Because you clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced over the land of Israel with such utter scorn — assuredly, I will stretch out My hand against you and give you as booty to the nations; I will cut you off from among the peoples and wipe you out from among the countries and destroy you. And you shall know that I am the LORD.
8-9: Thus said the Lord GOD: Because Moab and Seir said, “See, the House of Judah is like all other nations” — assuredly, I will lay bare the flank of Moab, all its towns to the last one — Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim, the glory of the country.
12-13: Thus said the Lord GOD: Because Edom acted vengefully against the House of Judah and incurred guilt by wreaking revenge upon it — assuredly, thus said the Lord GOD: I will stretch out My hand against Edom and cut off from it man and beast, and I will lay it in ruins; from Tema to Dedan they shall fall by the sword.

IV. Outline
1. Introduction
2-7. The Ammonites will be conquered by the Kedemites
8-11. Moab and Seir (Edom) will suffer the fate of the Ammonites
12-14. The Israelites will destroy Edom
15-17. God will wipe out the Philistines

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Allen, Leslie C. “Ezekiel 1-19” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 28 (Waco, Texas: Wordbook, 1994).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Hals, Ronald M. “Ezekiel” The forms of the Old Testament Literature vol. 19 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1989)
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