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Bible Commentaries
Ezekiel 30

Layman's Bible CommentaryLayman's Bible Commentary

Verses 1-19

Destruction of Egypt Rehearsed (30:1-19)

The Day of the Lord draws near and casts its pall of doom over the nations, including Egypt. Egypt, Ethiopia (the ruling dynasty of Egypt at this time was Ethiopian), and surrounding areas will be brought low by the destructive fury of God. This will happen in Egypt because of her pride; she will become a desolation in the midst of other desolate countries (vss. 6-8). This judgment will be carried out by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, who is God’s instrument of destruction. The land of the Nile shall be destroyed, its people slain, and even the river itself, the source of life, shall be dried up (vss. 10-12). The reason for utter destruction follows. Idolatry is the key to disaster, and of course idolatry is pride in action. Every center of culture and political power (Memphis, Zoan, Thebes, Pelusium, and others) is listed to show how inclusive the judgment shall be. None shall be spared, so that the "proud might" of Egypt shall be brought to an inglorious end (vss. 18-19).

Verses 20-26

The Broken Arms of Egypt (30:20-26)

The "arm" of Egypt has been broken by the Lord and has not been bound up, lest in healing it might regain its former awesome strength. One arm has been broken, now the other shall be similarly fractured, leaving Egypt helpless when the king of Babylon attacks (vss. 22-24). Pharaoh and Egypt shall groan before Nebuchadnezzar as a dying man groans in weakness. But even while the Lord breaks the arms of Egypt, he promises strength to the arms of the king of Babylon, which are stretched out to destroy Egypt. The residue of the Egyptians, after destruction, will be scattered. It is God who breaks or strengthens in history. Behind the power which men think rules in history, stands God, the true ruler.

Bibliographical Information
"Commentary on Ezekiel 30". "Layman's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/lbc/ezekiel-30.html.
 
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