A prophecy against Edom
| 1 ¶ Moreover the word
of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it,
3 And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
thy face against mount Seir This curse is added to the one beginning
in ez2512. Edom had occupied some of
Southern Palestine after Israel had been taken captive.
Seir From a root meaing "hairy" of "forested." It was Horite family which Esau had joined or replaced ge1406, ge3203, ge3608, de0204. He was the father of the Edomites. There is also a mountain range with that name which had been heavily forested. Thus the name Mount Seir became a term which identified the Moabites. The Edomites occupied what was later known as Idumaea (Greek for Edom). See map. The area was later occupied by Israel nu2418, 2sa0814, 1ki1115.
| 4 I will lay thy cities waste,
and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:
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5 - Perpetual hatred From the days of Esau ge2741, and at the time of the exodus Edom had forbidden the Israelites to cross their area nu2014. Also 2ch2010, ps08301.
| 6 Therefore, as I live, saith
the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee:
sith [since] thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
7 Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.
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blood Jesus said that those who took the sword would die by
7 - Passeth See zc0714, zc0908.
| 8 And I will fill his mountains
with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers,
shall they fall that are slain with the sword.
9 I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
| 10 ¶ Because thou hast
said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will
possess it; whereas the LORD was there:
11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.
.12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.
- These two Reference to Judah and Israel. It was presumption
to claim the land which God had promised to Israel.
11 - According to thine anger ... envy See pr2412, 2co1115, mt1626. God is fair.
12 - Thou shalt know Was God unhappy for losing their loyalty? No, except in the sense that He didn't want to see them lost. They needed to realize his fairness and would have no justification for wickedness against Him.
| 13 Thus with your mouth ye
have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have
14 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate.
15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
- Idumaea The Greek name for Edom.
15 - Desolate Notice the rationale.