Ezekiel 35 – “Doom for Edom”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God vows to destroy Edom because it supported Jerusalem’s downfall.

II. Photo
God gives Ezekiel his mission:  “O mortal, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it.” (v. 2)

III. Important Verses
4-6:  will turn your towns into ruins, and you shall be a desolation; then you shall know that I am the LORD. Because you harbored an ancient hatred and handed the people of Israel over to the sword in their time of calamity, the time set for their punishment — assuredly, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will doom you with blood; blood shall pursue you; I swear that, for your bloodthirsty hatred, blood shall pursue you.
8: I will cover its mountains with the slain; men slain by the sword shall lie on your hills, in your valleys, and in all your watercourses.
10-13: Because you thought “The two nations and the two lands shall be mine and we shall possess them” — although the LORD was there — assuredly, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will act with the same anger and passion that you acted with in your hatred of them. And I will make Myself known through them when I judge you. You shall know that I the LORD have heard all the taunts you uttered against the hills of Israel: “They have been laid waste; they have been given to us as prey.” And you spoke arrogantly against Me and multiplied your words against Me: I have heard it.

IV. Outline
1-3a. Superscription: prophecy for Edom
3b-4a. God will destroy the region of Mount Seir
4b. Recognition of God formula
5. Edom’s sin: aiding in Israel’s downfall
6. Edom’s punishment: blood (“dam” in Hebrew).
7-9a. God will destroy the region of Mount Seir
9b. Recognition of God Formula
10. Edom’s greedy thoughts
11. God will give Edom its due
12-13. God knows Edom’s aspirations
14-15a. God will destroy Edom
15b. Recognition of God formula

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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