Three chapters we had concerning Tyre and its king; next follow four chapters concerning Egypt and its king. This is the first of them. Egypt had formerly been a house of bondage to God’s people; of late they had had but too friendly a correspondence with it, and had depended too much upon it; and therefore, whether the prediction reached Egypt or no, it would be of use to Israel, to take them off from their confidence in their alliance with it. The prophecies against Egypt, which are all laid together in these four chapters, were of five several dates; the first in the 10th year of the captivity (Ezek. 29:1), the second in the 27th (Ezek. 29:17), the third in the 11th year and the first month (Ezek. 30:20), the fourth in the 11th year and the third month (Ezek. 31:1), the fifth in the 12th year (Ezek. 32:1), and another in the same year, Ezek. 29:17. In this chapter we have, I. The destruction of Pharaoh foretold, for his dealing deceitfully with Israel, Ezek. 29:1-7. II. The desolation of the land of Egypt foretold, Ezek. 29:8-12. III. A promise of the restoration thereof, in part, after forty years, Ezek. 29:13-16. IV. The possession that should be given to Nebuchadnezzar of the land of Egypt, Ezek. 29:17-20. V. A promise of mercy to Israel, Ezek. 29:21.
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