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



Ezekiel is about to receive a prophecy concerning nations surrounding Jerusalem.



2Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them; 3And 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; 4Behold, 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. 5And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching place for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 6For 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; 7Behold, 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.



The first of these prophecies is against the Ammonites, the descendants of Lot. In chapter 21 we saw Nebuchadnezzar questioning which way he should go, which nation he should take first. He eventually takes out Jerusalem. Later on he turns to take out the Ammonites.



When Jerusalem fell, the Ammonites rejoiced. They chose to see in this, not Jehovah punishing a disobedient nation, but the fall of His religion altogether. God then speaks prophecy through Ezekiel about the Ammonites of their destruction to show them that Jehovah is still Almighty God.



8Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen; 9Therefore, 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, 10Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations. 11And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.



Judgment also comes against the Moabites (the elder son of Lot was Moab) and Seir is the land of the Edomites (Gen. 36:8). These two nations said that the kingdom of Judah is just like all the other nations, capable of falling, and having a god that is not omnipotent. The descendants of Lot should have known better. God punishes them for their blasphemy.



12Thus 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; 13Therefore 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. 14And 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.



The same is true of Edom.



15Thus 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; 16Therefore 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. 17And 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.



And the Philistines, the perpetual thorn in the side of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar would eventually conquer all of these lands and thus be the head of gold, ruler of the first great world empire.



In Truth and Love,

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