Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
What should I learn from this chapter?
- The time of the Gentiles
- Ezekiel’s 8th dated vision
Egypt and Her Allies Will Fall
Ezekiel 30:1 The word of the Lord came to me again, saying,
Ezekiel 30:2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’
Ezekiel 30:3 For the day is near,
Even the day of the Lord is near;
It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.
The clouds are the armies of Babylon which throw a dark shadow across the nations.
The time of the Gentiles is when God turns His face away from the Jews.
Ezekiel 30:4 The sword shall come upon Egypt,
And great anguish shall be in Ethiopia (Heb. Cush),
When the slain fall in Egypt,
And they take away her wealth,
And her foundations are broken down.
Ezekiel 30:5 “Ethiopia, Libya (Heb. Put), Lydia (Heb. Lud), all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword.”
Ezekiel 30:6 ‘Thus says the Lord:
“Those who uphold Egypt shall fall,
And the pride of her power shall come down.
From Migdol (Or the tower) to Syene
Those within her shall fall by the sword,”
Says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 30:7 “They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.
Ezekiel 30:8 Then they will know that I am the Lord,
When I have set a fire in Egypt
And all her helpers are destroyed.
All her helpers are any nations who come to Egypt’s aid.
Ezekiel 30:9 On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships
To make the careless (or secure) Ethiopians afraid,
And great anguish shall come upon them, as on the day of Egypt;
For indeed it is coming!”
Ezekiel 30:10 ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“I will also make a multitude of Egypt to cease
By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
Ezekiel 30:11 He and his people with him, the most terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land;
They shall draw their swords against Egypt,
And fill the land with the slain.
Ezekiel 30:12 I will make the rivers dry,
And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;
I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,
By the hand of aliens (foreigners).
I, the Lord, have spoken.”
Ezekiel 30:13 ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“I will also destroy the idols,
And cause the images to cease from Noph (ancient Memphis);
There shall no longer be princes from the land of Egypt;
I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
Ezekiel 30:14 I will make Pathros desolate, set fire to Zoan,
And execute judgments in No (Ancient Thebes).
Ezekiel 30:15 I will pour My fury on Sin (literally: Thorn) (Ancient Pelusium), the strength of Egypt;
I will cut off the multitude of No (Ancient Thebes),
Ezekiel 30:16 And set a fire in Egypt;
Sin (literally: Thorn) shall have great pain,
No shall be split open,
And Noph (ancient Memphis) shall be in distress daily.
Ezekiel 30:17 The young men of Aven (Ancient On, Heliopolis) and Pi Beseth shall fall by the sword,
And these cities shall go into captivity.
Ezekiel 30:18 At Tehaphnehes (Tahpanhes, Jer. 43:7) the day shall also be darkened (refrained),
When I break the yokes of Egypt there.
The yokes of Egypt are the nations who supported her have split in their loyalty.
And her arrogant strength shall cease in her;
As for her, a cloud shall cover her,
And her daughters shall go into captivity.
Ezekiel 30:19 Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt,
Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
Proclamation Against Pharaoh
Ezekiel 30:20 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Note: The dated visions are numbered by chapters. The timeline by year is shown in the charts above. Map Below: Jerusalem is part of Babylon. By 600 BC Egypt would be a vassal of Babylon.