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The Prophets of The Exile
(Category 10 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Ezekiel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Ezekiel, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Among the exiles in , Ezekiel shows that Israel deserved this judgment, and also that God’s justice creates hope for the future.
EZEKIEL 34 – 48: (RS)
Proclamation Against Ammon
1 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, aset your face bagainst the Ammonites, and prophesy against them.
3 “Say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD: a“Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was desolate, and
CHAPTER 25 References
2 aEzek. 35:2
3 aEzek. 26:2
4 1Lit. sons
5 aEzek. 21:20
6 aJob 27:23
7 aEzek. 35:3
8 aAmos 2:1, 2
bEzek. 35:2, 5
9 aJer. 48:23
10 aEzek. 25:4
13 1Or even to
14 aIs. 11:14
15 aJer. 25:20
b2 Chr. 28:18
1Lit. spite in
soul 2Or perpetual
16 aZeph. 2:4
against the house of
4 “indeed, therefore, I will deliver you as a possession to the 1men of the East, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you; they shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk.
5 “And I will make aRabbah ba stable for camels and Ammon a resting place for flocks. cThen you shall know that I am the LORD.”
6 ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you aclapped your hands, stamped your feet, and brejoiced in heart with all your disdain for the land of Israel,
7 “indeed, therefore, I will astretch out My hand against you, and give you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will cause you to perish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”
8 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because a
9 “therefore, behold, I will clear the territory of of cities, of the cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and aKirjathaim.
10 a“To the men of the East I will give it as a possession, together with the Ammonites, that the Ammonites bmay not be remembered among the nations.
11 “And I will execute judgments upon , and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
12 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“Because of what
13 ‘therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also stretch out My hand against , cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; 1Dedan shall fall by the sword.
14 a“I will lay My vengeance on by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord GOD.
15 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“Because bthe Philistines dealt vengefully and took vengeance with 1a spiteful heart, to destroy because of the 2old hatred,”
16 ‘therefore thus says the Lord GOD: a“I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, and I will cut
off the bCherethites cand destroy the remnant of the seacoast.
17 “I will aexecute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; band they shall know that I am the LORD, when I lay My vengeance upon them.” ’ ”
1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, abecause has said against Jerusalem, b‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’
3 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I am against you, O , and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up.
4 ‘And they shall destroy the walls of and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her, and amake her like the top of a rock.
5 ‘It shall be a place for spreading nets ain the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord GOD; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations.
6 ‘Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. aThen they shall know that I am the LORD.’
7 “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I will bring against from the north aNebuchadnezzar1 king of , bking of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people.
8 ‘He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will aheap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a 1defense against you.
9 ‘He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers.
10 ‘Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached.
11 ‘With the hooves of his ahorses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground.
12 ‘They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the amidst of the water.
13 a‘I will put an end to the sound of byour songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more.
14 a‘I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for
16 b1 Sam.
17 aEzek. 5:15
CHAPTER 26 References
2 aJer. 25:22
4 aEzek. 26:14
5 aEzek. 27:32
6 aEzek. 25:5
7 aJer. 27:3–6
bDan. 2:37, 47
and so elsewhere
8 aEzek. 21:22
1Lit. a large
11 aHab. 1:8
13 aIs. 14:11;
15 aJer. 49:21
16 aIs. 23:8
bJon. 3:6 cJob
bPs. 37:10, 36
CHAPTER 27 References
2 aEzek. 26:17
3 aEzek. 26:17;
28:2 bIs. 23:3
1Lit. sit or
5 aDeut. 3:9
spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken,’ says the Lord GOD.
15 “Thus says the Lord GOD to : ‘Will the coastlands not ashake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry, when slaughter is made in the midst of you?
16 ‘Then all the aprinces of the sea will bcome down from their thrones, lay aside their robes, and take off their embroidered garments; they will clothe themselves with trembling; cthey will sit on the ground, dtremble every moment, and ebe astonished at you.
17 ‘And they will take up a alamentation for you, and say to you:
“How you have perished, O one inhabited by seafaring men, O renowned city, Who was bstrong at sea, She and her inhabitants, Who caused their terror to be on all her inhabitants!
18 Now athe coastlands tremble on the day of your fall; Yes, the coastlands by the sea are troubled at your departure.” ’
19 “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you,
20 ‘then I will bring you down awith those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory bin the land of the living.
21 a‘I will make you a terror, and you shall be no more; bthough you are sought for, you will never be found again,’ says the Lord GOD.”
1 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
2 “Now, son of man, atake up a lamentation for ,
3 “and say to , a‘You who 1are situated at the entrance of the sea, bmerchant of the peoples on many coastlands, thus says the Lord GOD:
4 Your borders are in the midst of the seas. Your builders have perfected your beauty.
5 They 1made all your planks of fir trees from aSenir; They took a cedar from Lebanon to make you a mast.
6 Of aoaks from Bashan they made your oars; The company of Ashurites have inlaid your planks With ivory from bthe coasts of 1Cyprus.
7 Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was what you spread for your sail; Blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was what covered you.
8 “Inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; Your wise men, O
9 Elders of aGebal and its wise men Were in you to caulk your seams; All the ships of the sea And their oarsmen were in you To market your merchandise.
10 “Those from Persia, 1Lydia, and 2Libya Were in your army as men of war; They hung
11 Men of Arvad with your army were on your walls all around, And the men of Gammad were in your towers; They hung their shields on your walls all around; They made ayour beauty perfect.
12 a“Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods.
13 a“Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered bhuman lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise.
14 “Those from the house of aTogarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules.
15 “The men of aDedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payment.
16 “Syria was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made. They gave you for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies.
17 “ and the land of Israel were your traders. They traded for your merchandise wheat of aMinnith, millet, honey, oil, and bbalm.
18 “Damascus was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made, because of your many luxury items, with the wine of Helbon and with white wool.
19 “Dan and Javan paid for your
6 aIs. 2:12, 13;
bGen. 10:4; Is.
23:1, 12; Jer.
9 aJosh. 13:5;
1 Kin. 5:18;
10 1Heb. Lud
11 aEzek. 27:3
12 aGen. 10:4;
2 Chr. 20:36;
13 aGen. 10:2;
14 aGen. 10:3;
15 aGen. 10:7;
11:33; 1 Kin.
5:9, 11; Ezra
3:7; Acts 12:20
19 1LXX, Syr.
20 aGen. 25:3
21 aGen. 25:13;
Jer. 49:28; Is.
22 aGen. 10:7;
1 Kin. 10:1, 2;
Ps. 72:10; Is.
23 aGen. 11:31;
2 Kin. 19:12;
Is. 37:12 bGen.
25 aPs. 48:7; Is.
26 aPs. 48:7;
27 a[Prov. 11:4] 28 aEzek.
lands or pasture
29 aRev. 18:17
30 a1 Sam.
4:12; 2 Sam.
1:2; Job 2:12;
bEsth. 4:1, 3;
Jer. 6:26; Jon.
31 aIs. 15:2;
26:4, 5; Rev.
wares, 1traversing back and forth. Wrought iron, cassia, and cane were among your merchandise.
20 a“Dedan was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding.
21 “Arabia and all the princes of aKedar were your regular merchants. They traded with you in lambs, rams, and goats.
22 “The merchants of aSheba and Raamah were your merchants. They traded for your wares the choicest spices, all kinds of precious stones, and gold.
23 a“Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of bSheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants.
24 “These were your merchants in choice items—in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chests of multicolored apparel, in sturdy woven cords, which were in your marketplace.
25 “The aships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious bin the midst of the seas.
26 Your oarsmen brought you into many waters, But athe east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.
27 “Your ariches, wares, and merchandise, Your mariners and pilots, Your caulkers and merchandisers, All your men of war who are in you, And the entire company which is in your midst, Will fall into the midst of the seas on the day of your ruin.
28 The acommon-land1 will shake at the sound of the cry of your pilots.
29 “All awho handle the oar, The mariners, All the pilots of the sea Will come down from their ships and stand on the 1shore. 30 They will make their voice heard because of you; They will cry bitterly and acast dust on their heads; They bwill roll about in ashes;
31 They will ashave themselves completely bald because of you, Gird themselves with sackcloth, And weep for you With bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.
32 In their wailing for you They will atake up a lamentation, And lament for you: b‘What city is like ,
Destroyed in the midst of the sea?
33 ‘Whena your wares went out by sea, You satisfied many people; You enriched the kings of the earth With your many luxury goods and your merchandise.
34 But ayou are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters; bYour merchandise and the entire company will fall in your midst.
35 aAll the inhabitants of the isles will be astonished at you; Their kings will be greatly afraid, And their countenance will be troubled. 36 The merchants among the peoples awill hiss at you; bYou will become a horror, and be no cmore forever.’ ” ’ ”
33 aRev. 18:19
35 aIs. 23:6;
36 aJer. 18:16;
cPs. 37:10, 36;
Prayer in Time of Chastening
A Psalm of David. aTo bring to remembrance.
1 O LORD, do not arebuke me in Your wrath, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure!
2 For Your arrows pierce me deeply, And Your hand presses me down.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds are foul and festering Because of my foolishness.
6 I am 1troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my are full of inflammation, And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.
10 My heart pants, my strength fails me; As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
PSALM 38 References
1 aPs. 6:1
6 1Lit. bent
11 aPs. 31:11;
15 a[Ps. 39:7] 1I wait for
You, O LORD
17 aPs. 51:3
18 aPs. 32:5
18 b[2 Cor. 7:9,
20 aPs. 35:12
21 aPs. 22:19;
11 My loved ones and my friends astand aloof from my plague, And my relatives stand afar off.
12 Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, And plan deception all the day long.
13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a amute who does not open his mouth.
14 Thus I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth is no response.
15 For 1in You, O LORD, aI hope; You will 2hear, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, Lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me.”
17 aFor I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will adeclare my iniquity; I will be bin 1anguish over my sin.
19 But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.
20 Those also awho render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.
21 Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, abe not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
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