Ezekiel 25

God's vengeance on Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, and others
Text Comments
The fate of Israel has been described in the preceding chapters. Beginning with this chapter, the Lord warns the neighboring nations who have not respected Him.
 1 ¶ The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
 2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;
.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;
  The Word ... again Judgment had been described for Israel now it would be extended ez0906, 1pe0417. In addition to the four nations in this chapter are Tyre ez2601, Sidon ez2820, and Egypt ez2901. Although included in warnings through Jeremiah and Daniel, Babylon is not included in the condemnations. This was not to be the concern of the Hebrews living in Babylon je2907.
  Ammonites Descendants of Lot and his younger daughter ge1938. They had shown hatred for Israel jg0313, jg1112, 1sa1101, am0113. And their worship was wicked 1ki1107. Links for maps just below.
.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. 
 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.
  Men of the East Nomadic people east of Ammon and Moab ge2901, jg0603, 1ki0430, jb0103.
  Palaces These were walled areas for camps. "Encampments" (NASB). See tiroth translated in ge2516, ps06925.
  Rabbah Or Rabbath-ammon, their capital city 2sa1226, ez2120, 23 mi (37 km.) east of the Jordan. Modern Amman. See map on Internet (Please contact us if this link doesn't work.). Also see divided kingdom map. We have no evidence that these prophecies have a future fulfillment.
 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; 
 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.
  For this cause my hand has been stretched out against you, and I will give up your goods to be taken by the nations; I will have you cut off from the peoples and will put an end to you among the countries: I will give you up to destruction; and you will be certain that I am the Lord. (BBE)
  Clapped A gesture similar to what we would expect today nu2410, ez2213. Instead of pleasure at the fate of Jerusalem, they should have been happy that Babylon hadn't burned their city.
  Therefore ... deliver thee ...  They needed to realize that the fate of Israel was reason for sorrow, not rejoicing.
.8 ¶ Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;
 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, 
.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. 
 11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
  Moab and Seir For more about judgment against Moab, see is15, je48, zp0208.
  Seir another name for Edom ez2512.
.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; 
 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. 
 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.
  Edom Descendants of Esau. The conflict between Jacob and Esau was remembered.
.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; 
.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. 
 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.
  Revenge This is the work of God ro1219.
  Philistines They have disappeared.
  Cherethims Probably a tribe in the southern coastal area of the Philistines. 1sa3014, zp0205. See divided kingdom map which includes the Philistine area.
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