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Ezekiel Twenty Five

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Ezekiel 25:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

word of the Lord. In a new session of divine inspiration, the prophet's attention is finally turned away from Israel to her immediate neighbors—Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia. These had all been almost constant enemies of Israel and Judah, and now were either aiding the Babylonians or gloating over the defeat of God's people. For this, they must also be judged. Then, in Ezekiel 27-32, two additional sets of prophecies are given through Ezekiel—first against Phoenicia (with her great cities, Tyre and Sidon), then against Egypt. All these prophecies have largely been fulfilled, with certain aspects yet to be accomplished in the last days.

Ezekiel 25:2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

Ammonites. The Ammonites were descended from Lot (Genesis 19:38), and so were related to Israel. Nevertheless, they were inveterate enemies of Israel, as well as idolatrous and immoral. However, they were very prosperous, living in the region east of the Jordan, and boasting many strong and prosperous cities. This is the region now known as Trans-Jordan, or simply Jordan. Its ancient capital was Rabbah, meaning “City of Waters.” It continued as a prosperous country until well into the Christian era.

against them. In spite of their long prosperity, God prophesied through Ezekiel that the Ammonites would be conquered by “men of the east” (Ezekiel 25:4), and that its capital would become a “stable for camels” and a “couching place for flocks” (Ezekiel 25:5). It was also predicted that Rabbah would become “a desolate heap” (Jeremiah 49:2). All of this came to pass many centuries later, when the country was taken over by Bedouins from Arabia, with their vast flocks of sheep and herds of camels. For many ensuing centuries, Rabbah or Rabbath-Ammon, as it was also called, was indeed a “desolate heap.” See note on Jeremiah 49:6.

Ezekiel 25:3 And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

Ezekiel 25:4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.

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Ezekiel 25:5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couchingplace for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 25:6 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;

Ezekiel 25:7 Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

I will destroy thee. See also Ezekiel 25:2, 10, and Zephaniah 2:9. Unlike Israel, whose existence was guaranteed forever, the Ammonites have been thoroughly extinguished as a distinctive people, though now amalgamated with Arabs.

Ezekiel 25:8 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;

Ezekiel 25:9 Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Bethjeshimoth, Baalmeon, and Kiriathaim,

Ezekiel 25:10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.

Ezekiel 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

judgments upon Moab. See also Jeremiah 48, Amos 2:1-3, and Zephaniah 2:8-10. Like Ammon, Moab was descended from Lot, was a very prosperous country for two thousand years or more, and was always at enmity with Israel. Like Ammon, God eventually judged her for this, and her land was taken over by Bedouins and became quite desolate for centuries. Also like Ammon, however, God promised an eventual restoration of Moab in the latter days (Jeremiah 48:47), even though (like Ammon) she would have been “destroyed from being a people” (Jeremiah 48:42). This means, evidently, that Moab would never again be a distinct people, for her descendants, like those of Ammon, have been amalgamated with the Jordanian Arabs.

Ezekiel 25:12 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

Ezekiel 25:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

desolate from Teman. The Edomites likewise eventually disappeared from history as a distinct people, and their lands became desolate. The city of Teman was one of its chief cities, and apparently so was Dedan, but the locations of both are unknown today. See also Ezekiel 35:15.

Ezekiel 25:14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 25:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

Ezekiel 25:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

upon the Philistines. The Philistines had been cruel enemies of Israel and Judah for many centuries, but Ezekiel prophesied their eventual destruction. Nebuchadnezzar invaded and conquered Philistia in the same campaign which finally destroyed Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.