The king of Babylon will ravage Egypt and its allies.
Egypt’s day has come: “Wail, alas for the day! For a day is near; A day of the Lord is near! It will be a day of cloud, an hour of [invading] nations!” (vv. 2b-3)
III. Important Verses
4-5: A sword shall pierce Egypt, And Nubia shall be seized with trembling, When men fall slain in Egypt And her wealth is seized And her foundations are overthrown. Nubia, Put, and Lud, and all the mixed populations, and Cub, and the inhabitants of the allied countries shall fall by the sword with them.
10-12: Thus said the Lord GOD: I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt through King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon. He, together with his troops, the most ruthless of the nations, shall be brought to ravage the land. And they shall unsheathe the sword against Egypt and fill the land with the slain. I will turn the channels into dry ground, and I will deliver the land into the hands of evil men. I will lay waste the land and everything in it by the hands of strangers. I the LORD have spoken.
25-26: I will make firm the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fail. And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he lifts it against the land of Egypt. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. Thus they shall know that I am the LORD.
1-12. Oracle #1 1-2a. Introduction 2b-12a. Nebuchadrezzar will destroy Egypt and its allies 12b. Conclusion 13-19. Oracle #2 13a. Introduction 13b-19a. God will annihilate Egypt and its allies 19b. Conclusion 20-26. Oracle #3 20. Introduction 21-26a. God will deliver Egypt to Babylon and scatter the Egyptians 26b. Conclusion
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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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