Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Ezekiel 30:3

"For the day is near, Even the day of the Lord is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Day;   Scofield Reference Index - Day (of Jehovah);   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Clouds;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ethiopia;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Cloud, Cloud of the Lord;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Repentance;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Clouds;   Day of the Lord;   Poetry;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Time (2);   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Egypt;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Cloud;   Day of the Lord (Yahweh);   Joel (2);   Near;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Day of the Lord;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The time of the pagan - The time when the pagan (Egyptians) shall be judged.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ezekiel-30.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For the day is near,.... The day of Egypt's destruction, the time fixed for it:

even the day of the Lord is near; the day appointed by him, and in which he would make himself known by the judgments he executed: Kimchi observes, that, the same year this prophecy was delivered, Egypt was given into the hands of the king of Babylon:

a cloudy day; or; "a day of cloud"F5יום ענן "dies nubis", V. L. Pagniaus, Montanus, Cocceius, Starckius. ; which was seldom seen in Egypt in a literal sense, rarely having any rain, their country being watered by the Nile; but now, in a figurative sense, the clouds would gather thick and black, and threaten with a horrible tempest of divine wrath, and of ruin and destruction:

it shall be the time of the Heathen: both when the Heathen nation of the Chaldeans should distress and conquer others; and when Heathen nations, as the Egyptians, Ethiopians, and others, should be destroyed by them. The Targum is,

"it shall be the time of the breaking or destruction of the people.'

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezekiel-30.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

the time of the heathen — namely, for taking vengeance on them. The judgment on Egypt is the beginning of a world-wide judgment on all the heathen enemies of God (Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1, Joel 2:2; Joel 3:1-21; Obadiah 1:15).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/ezekiel-30.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

A cloudy day — So times of trouble are called.

Of the heathen — The time when God will reckon with the Heathens.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/ezekiel-30.html. 1765.

Scofield's Reference Notes

the day of the Lord Day (of Jehovah) (See Scofield "Isaiah 2:12").

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Ezekiel 30:3". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/ezekiel-30.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezekiel 30:3 For the day [is] near, even the day of the LORD [is] near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Ver. 3. A cloudy day.] Heb., A day of a cloud, which was rarely seen in Egypt.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezekiel-30.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ezekiel 30:3. The day is near The day of the Lord implies a day of sacrifice and vengeance upon his enemies. The destruction of Babylon, described in such awful terms, as if all nature suffered by the shock, is represented as the day of the Lord, Isaiah 13:6. So is the destruction of Bozrah and Idumaea, Isaiah 34:8. See also Jeremiah 46:10. Joel 3:14. Zephaniah 2:2-3. When the figurative day is used in general to express the period of any one's existence, then it denotes time; but when it is used to express any particular thing or employ, then it signifies some characteristical circumstance. Thus that signal catastrophe in the fortunes of the Jews, both spiritual and temporal, is called their day, Hosea 1:11. See Div. Leg. vol. 4: Sharp on the Rise and Fall of Jerusalem; and Calmet.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/ezekiel-30.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The day; the time of such distresses, as never the like known by you.

Near; it will begin in your overthrow in the Cyrenian and Libyan deserts in very little time next it will continue in your civil war, and finally end in the Babylonish conquest: some two years, and you shall be miserably routed in the deserts of Libya; immediately after the civil war for eleven years together shall waste you; and then Nebuchadrezzar’s forces will be upon you; so that, whereas there may be about sixteen or eighteen years between the prophecy and its fulfilling, here is thirteen or fourteen of them taken up with sorrows and afflictions, forerunners of the last.

The day of the Lord; of the Lord’s sore displeasure against Egypt and its allies.

Near; within two years, as is said.

A cloudy day; a dark day, so times of trouble are called, whereas prosperity is a day of light. Troubles, like violent storms, are black.

Of the heathen; of the Egyptians to be wasted, and of the Babylonians to waste them; the day of pride, cruelty, and revenges to the one, the day of falling, spoil, and destruction to the other.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ezekiel-30.html. 1685.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the day of the LORD. See notes on Isaiah 2:12; Isaiah 13:6; and Revelation 1:10.

the time of, &c.: i.e. the season in which their power shall be judged and broken.

heathen = nations.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ezekiel-30.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

It shall be the time of the heathen - namely, for taking vengeance on them. The judgment on Egypt is the beginning of a world-wide judgment on all the pagan enemies of God (Joel 1:15; Joel 2:1-2; Joel 3:1-21; Obadiah 1:15).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/ezekiel-30.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(3) The time of the heathen.—The judgment upon Egypt is but an individual instance, and is symbolic of general judgment upon all merely worldly power. Her fall is one step in the general overthrow of whatever exalts and opposes itself to God. Very similar to Ezekiel 30:2-3 are the prophecies in Isaiah 13:6; Isaiah 13:9; Joel 1:13; Joel 1:15; Joel 2:2; Obadiah 1:15; Zephaniah 1:7; Zephaniah 1:14.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ezekiel-30.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
the day is
7:7,12; Psalms 37:13; Obadiah 1:15; Joel 2:1; Zephaniah 1:7,14; Matthew 24:33; Philippians 4:5; James 5:9; Revelation 6:17
a cloudy
18; 32:7; 34:12; Exodus 14:20,24; Isaiah 19:1; Joel 2:1,2; Amos 5:16-20
the time
29:12; Psalms 110:6; 149:7-9; Isaiah 24:21-23; 34:2-17; Jeremiah 25:15-29; Joel 3:11-14; Zephaniah 3:6,7; Zechariah 14:3-19; Revelation 19:13-21
Reciprocal: Job 3:5 - let a cloud;  Isaiah 13:6 - for the day;  Ezekiel 13:5 - the day;  Ezekiel 21:25 - whose;  Joel 3:12 - for

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ezekiel-30.html.