Judgment on Mount Seir

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In a direct statement of judgment on Edom, God said, I am against you, Mount Seir (vv. 1-4). Seir, Edom’s geographical name, was the mountain range east of the Wadi Arabah south of the Dead Sea. This was the mountainous homeland where the Edomites lived. God would make that people as desolate as their land. Ezekiel’s second section followed in explaining why Edom would be judged (vv. 5-9). Edom’s sin was her enmity against Israel. She had harbored an ancient hostility and hoped to profit from Israel’s loss.

Because Edom had assisted in Israel’s slaughter, God would assist in her slaughter. Four times God referred to bloodshed (v. 6). Edom would suffer the same fate she had tried to inflict on Israel. Many people would be slain and her towns would become desolate, no longer inhabited. Edom also sinned in her desire to possess the land God had promised to Judah and Israel (vv. 10-15). Edom had said those two nations would become her possession. God severely chastised Israel and Judah for their sin, but He never abrogated His promises made to Abraham and his descendants. Edom was trying to usurp Israel’s title deed to the land which had been guaranteed by God.

God’s judgment corresponded to Edom’s guilt: I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them (v. 11). In her boast against God (v. 13) Edom rejoiced when ... Israel became desolate. Therefore God would make Edom desolate. Her treatment of Israel determined her own fate. Edom became an object lesson for all nations.


Hostility against God’s Children by Edom resulted in God’s judgment. I always want to make sure I am on the side of Israel as they are God’s chosen people.

Ezekiel 35:1-15 (English Standard Version)

The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say to it, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a waste. I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation, and you shall know that I am the LORD. Because you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment, therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you did not hate bloodshed, therefore blood shall pursue you. I will make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation, and I will cut off from it all who come and go. And I will fill its mountains with the slain. On your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall. I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD. "Because you said, 'These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them'--although the LORD was there-- therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will deal with you according to the anger and envy that you showed because of your hatred against them. And I will make myself known among them, when I judge you. And you shall know that I am the LORD. "I have heard all the revilings that you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are laid desolate; they are given us to devour.' And you magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it. Thus says the Lord GOD: While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate. As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, Mount Seir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

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