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Ezekiel Thirty Two

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Ezekiel 32:1 And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

twelfth year. This prophecy, continuing the theme of the preceding one, was given almost two years later (see Ezekiel 31:1).

Ezekiel 32:2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.

a whale in the seas. Egypt was also called “the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers” (Ezekiel 29:3). “Whale” and “dragon” are essentially from the same Hebrew word. Modern translators and commentators commonly render the word as “crocodile,” but the descriptions of these animals in the many verses referring to them indicate rather that they were now-extinct animals, something comparable to the fierce plesiosaurs.

Ezekiel 32:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net.

Ezekiel 32:4 Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.

Ezekiel 32:5 And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height.

Ezekiel 32:6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.

Ezekiel 32:7 And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.

Ezekiel 32:8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 32:9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.

Ezekiel 32:10 Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.

Ezekiel 32:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee.

Ezekiel 32:12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

Ezekiel 32:13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.

Ezekiel 32:14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 32:15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 32:16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 32:17 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

fifteenth day. The prophecy of Ezekiel 32:17-32 was given just two weeks after that of Ezekiel 32:1-16. It is the last and most awesome of the seven prophecies of Ezekiel against Egypt (see note on Ezekiel 29:1).

Ezekiel 32:18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.

into the pit. The “pit,” as used six times in this chapter (and frequently elsewhere in the prophets) is clearly synonymous with “the nether parts of the earth” (also in Ezekiel 32:24) and with “hell” (Ezekiel 32:21, 27). The latter word is from the Hebrew sheol, equivalent in the Greek to hades. In this context, all these words and phrases apply to the great bottomless pit at the center of the earth, where the souls of the lost are awaiting the final judgment.

Ezekiel 32:19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.

Ezekiel 32:20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.

Ezekiel 32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

the midst of hell. When he descended into hell, Pharaoh encountered multitudes of lost souls that had preceded him. As examples, this remarkable chapter lists a catalog of some of the “forefathers”—such men as Asshur, Elam, Meshech, Tubal, Edom and Zidon—representatives from all three branches of Noah's descendants—with all their multitudes. All of these, including the Egyptians, had come from a godly ancestor, but had long ago become apostate. This passage is important in its confirmation that “broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). It is a serious and dangerous thing to reject our Creator.

Ezekiel 32:22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:

Ezekiel 32:23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.

Whose graves. The bodies of the lost are in graves, whereas their souls are in &l