God vows to annihilate the Egyptians and to send them to the underworld.
Egypt’s cattle will disappear: “I will make all her cattle vanish from beside abundant waters.” (v. 13a)
III. Important Verses
2-6: O mortal, intone a dirge over Pharaoh king of Egypt. Say to him: O great beast among the nations, you are doomed! You are like the dragon in the seas, Thrusting through their streams, Stirring up the water with your feet And muddying their streams! Thus said the Lord GOD: I will cast My net over you In an assembly of many peoples, And you shall be hauled up in My toils. And I will fling you to the ground, Hurl you upon the open field. I will cause all the birds of the sky To settle upon you. I will cause the beasts of all the earth To batten on you. I will cast your carcass upon the hills And fill the valleys with your rotting flesh. I will drench the earth With your oozing blood upon the hills, And the watercourses shall be filled with your [gore].
16: This is a dirge, and it shall be intoned; The women of the nations shall intone it, They shall intone it over Egypt and all her multitude — declares the Lord GOD.
21-23: From the depths of Sheol the mightiest of warriors speak to him and his allies; the uncircumcised, the slain by the sword, have gone down and lie there. Assyria is there with all her company, their graves round about, all of them slain, fallen by the sword. Their graves set in the farthest recesses of the Pit, all her company are round about her tomb, all of them slain, fallen by the sword — they who struck terror in the land of the living.
29: Edom is there, her kings and all her chieftains, who, for all their might, are laid among those who are slain by the sword; they too lie with the uncircumcised and with those who have gone down to the Pit.
1-16. Oracle #1 1-2a. Introduction 2b-14. Lament for Egypt 2b-6. God will utterly destroy Egypt 7-8. God will bring darkness to the land 9-10. Fear will spread 11-12. Babylon will annihilate the Egyptians 13-14a. The cattle will disappear 14b. Conclusion 15. Conclusion 16a. Description of the lament 16b. Conclusion 17-32. Oracle #2 17-18. Introduction 19-21. Egypt will descend to Sheol 22-23. Assyria resides in Sheol 24-25. Elam resides in Sheol 26-27. Meshech and Tubal reside in Sheol 28. Egypt will descend to Sheol 29. Edom resides in Sheol 30. The [Phoenician] princes of the north reside in Sheol 31a. Pharaoh will be killed 31b. Conclusion 32a. Egypt will be terrified 32b. 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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