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Prophecy Directed at Edom

35 And the word of Yahweh came[a] to me, saying,[b] “Son of man,[c] set your face against the mountain of Seir and prophesy against it, and you must say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “Look! I am against you, mountain of Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a wasteland. Your cities I will make ruins, and you will be a desolation, and then you will know that I am Yahweh, because there has been to you an ancient hostility,[d] and you handed over the Israelites[e] to the power of the sword at the time of their disaster, at the time of their final punishment.[f] Therefore as I live,”[g] declares[h] the Lord Yahweh, “Certainly to blood guilt I will prepare you and blood[i] will pursue; since[j] you did not hate blood,[k] it will pursue you. And I will make the mountain of Seir into a desolation and ruin, and I will cut off from it both he who is crossing over and he who is returning. And I will fill its mountains with its slain; your hills and your valleys and all of your watercourses, the slain by the sword will fall in them. An everlasting desolation[l] I will make you, and your cities will not return, and you will know that I am Yahweh. 10 I do this because of your saying,[m] ‘The two nations and the two lands, they will be mine,[n] and we will take possession of it,’ and yet Yahweh was there. 11 Therefore, as I live,”[o] declares[p] the Lord Yahweh, “so I will deal with you according to your anger and according to your jealousy that you did,[q] because of your hatred against them, and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. 12 And you will know that I, Yahweh, I have heard all of your contemptible words that you said[r] against the mountains of Israel, saying,[s] ‘They will be desolate; they are given to us as food.’ 13 And you magnified yourself against me with your insolent speech,[t] and you spoke voluminously against me with your words—I heard! 14 Thus the Lord Yahweh says, ‘As the whole world rejoices,[u] I will make you a desolation. 15 Like your rejoicing over the inheritance of the house of Israel[v] because[w] it was desolate, I will do to you; you will be a desolation, mountain of Seir and all of Edom, indeed all of it; and they will know that I am Yahweh.’”’


  1. Ezekiel 35:1 Literally “was”
  2. Ezekiel 35:1 Literally “to say”
  3. Ezekiel 35:2 Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind”
  4. Ezekiel 35:5 Literally “enmity of eternity”
  5. Ezekiel 35:5 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
  6. Ezekiel 35:5 Literally “the time of punishment of end”
  7. Ezekiel 35:6 Literally “live I”
  8. Ezekiel 35:6 Literally “declaration of”
  9. Ezekiel 35:6 Or “blood vengeance”
  10. Ezekiel 35:6 Literally “if not”
  11. Ezekiel 35:6 Literally “not blood you hated”
  12. Ezekiel 35:9 Literally “of eternity/endless ages”
  13. Ezekiel 35:10 Or “thinking”
  14. Ezekiel 35:10 Literally “to me”
  15. Ezekiel 35:11 Literally “live I”
  16. Ezekiel 35:11 Literally “declaration of”
  17. Ezekiel 35:11 Or “showed” or “acted on”
  18. Ezekiel 35:12 Or “spoke”
  19. Ezekiel 35:12 Literally “to say”
  20. Ezekiel 35:13 Literally “with your mouth”
  21. Ezekiel 35:14 Literally “as/like the rejoicing of all of the world”
  22. Ezekiel 35:15 Literally “as/like rejoicing your for the inheritance of the house of Israel”
  23. Ezekiel 35:15 Literally “because that”