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Ezekiel 30:9

On that day messengers will go forth from Me in ships to frighten secure Ethiopia; and anguish will be on them as on the day of Egypt; for behold, it comes!"
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ethiopia;  
Dictionaries:
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Repentance;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ethiopia;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Cush;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Egypt;   Ethiopia;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Careless;   Ethiopia;   Pain;   Ships and Boats;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Angelology;  
Devotionals:
Today's Word from Skip Moen - Devotion for January 3;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Messengers go forth from me in ships - Ships can ascend the Nile up to Syene or Essuan, by the cataracts; and when Nebuchadnezzar's vessels went up, they struck terror into the Ethiopians. They are represented here as the "messengers of God."

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ezekiel-30.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Careless Ethiopians - The Ethiopians, who were dwelling in fancied security Zephaniah 2:15, shall tremble at Egypt‘s ruin.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/ezekiel-30.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships,.... Either by the river Nile, or by the Red sea, to Arabia Felix, which some think is meant by Ethiopia. Cush or Ethiopia was encompassed about with water, so that there was no coming to it but by ships; see Genesis 2:13, compare with this Isaiah 18:1, the messengers here were either such who under a divine impulse, or however by the providence of God, were directed to go to Ethiopia, and tell them the news of the destruction of Egypt; or these were messengers sent by the king of Babylon, to demand a surrender of their country to him; or it may design him himself, and his army, who marched thither to subdue that country also, after the conquest of Egypt. So the Targum,

"at that time messengers shall go forth from before me with legions;'

and because all this was by the appointment and providence of God, they are represented as messengers sent by him:

to make the careless Ethiopians afraid; with the news of the fall of Egypt their confederate, and of a mighty army coming against them; who had dwelt securely and confidently, at ease and unconcerned, without any sense of danger, or fear of any enemy:

and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt; either as of old, when the plagues were on Egypt, and especially when they were drowning in the Red sea; or as of late, when the sword was in Egypt, and ravaging there:

for, lo, it cometh; the same day was coming on them as came on Egypt, the day of the Lord, a cloudy one, and the time of the Heathen; it was certain, just at hand, and there was no escaping it; see Ezekiel 30:3.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". "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

in ships to  …  Ethiopians — (Isaiah 18:1, Isaiah 18:2). The cataracts interposing between them and Egypt should not save them. Egyptians “fleeing from before Me” in My execution of judgment, as “messengers” in “skiffs” (“vessels of bulrushes,” Isaiah 18:2) shall go up the Nile as far as navigable, to announce the advance of the Chaldeans.

as in the day of Egypt — The day of Ethiopia‘s “pain” shall come shortly, as Egypt‘s day came.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/ezekiel-30.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.

Messengers — Such as having escaped the sword, shall tell the news.

From me — By my permission and providence.

In ship's — Messengers by ships might carry the news to both the Ethiopian, Asian, and African, by the Red-sea.

As in the day — During the mighty havock made by the Chaldeans.

It — A like storm.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/ezekiel-30.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezekiel 30:9 In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.

Ver. 9. In that day shall messengers go forth from me,] i.e., The Chaldeans, by an instinct from me to subdue Ethiopia also.

In ships.] For Nile was navigable:

Lene fluit Nile. ” - Claudian.

To make the careless Ethiopians.] Heb., Confident Cush. Security ushereth in calamity.

As in the day of Egypt.] That cloudy day, [Ezekiel 30:3] when clouds of blood were dissolved upon them. Or that dismal day of old, when they perished in the Red Sea. [Exodus 15:10]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezekiel-30.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ezekiel 30:9. In that day shall messengers go forth, &c.— In that day shall swift messengers go forth from me, who shall terrify the secure Ethiopian; and he shall have great fears concerning the day of Egypt, because it shall be nigh. Houbigant; who observes, that as the messengers are sent to Cush or Ethiopia, if the Arabians be meant, they were not to be gone to by ships: if the Ethiopians, properly so called, to the south of Egypt, it was not proper for messengers to be sent to them in ships, because the navigation was against the stream, and could not be so quick as it ought upon an approaching calamity.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". 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

In that day; the day of God’s severe but just judgments, and Egypt’s fatal desolation.

Messengers; such as having seen and escaped the sword, shall tell the dismal news.

From me; by my permission and providence they shall go, as if sent by me.

In ships; ships that either carried them over into Pentapolis, crossing the river Nilus, or rather going down the river into the Mediterranean, and so to any part of those north parts of Africa, and others by ship through the Red Sea to Arabia Felix, which is that Ethiopia which is here meant; though it is possible in those days the African Ethiopia might, as once it did, extend quite to the mouth of the Red Sea. on whose shore their ancestors must needs first land out of Arabia, whence the Abyssinians, who are our present Ethiopians, do own their descent. So messengers by ships might carry the news to both the Ethiopian, Asian, and African, by the Red Sea.

The careless Ethiopians; in much security they had hitherto lived, the most potent and formidable neighbour having been their ancient ally, till the news of so mighty an enemy at their very doors.

Great pain; apprehensions of danger, that puzzles their wisdom, weakens their courage, makes them in perplexity, both sick and astonished.

As in the day of Egypt; either like that which, when their host was drowned in the Red Sea, seized all Egypt, or rather like this latter fear, which arose from the mighty havoc made by the Chaldean.

It cometh; a storm like that certainly cometh against you.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ezekiel-30.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

9.From me in ships — LXX, and Peshito, in haste; R.V., “from before me in ships.” (Compare Isaiah 18:2.)

As in the day — Omit “as.” The Ethiopians fear that Nebuchadnezzar will not stop at Syene, but will press on into their country (notes Ezekiel 29:10-11).

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

On this day of the Lord ( Ezekiel 30:3), the day of Egypt"s judgment, God would send soldiers against Egypt in ships, and they would frighten even the distant Ethiopians (cf. Ezekiel 30:4).

"The terror and consternation of Egypt in that hour can only be likened to the time of Egypt"s judgment when Israel was delivered from Egyptian servitude in the exodus (see Exodus 15:12-16)." [Note: Feinberg, p174.]

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Messengers; the Chaldeans. (Calmet) --- The Nile was navigable as far as Syene. (St. Jerome)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

from Me = frorn before Me.

in ships. Going up the Nile. The Septuagint reads "hastening" or "running"; but note that Ethiopia sent messengers in ships to promise help to Judah, but Jehovah sent His messengers in ships to prophesy her judgment.

as in the day. Many codices (including the Hillel Codex, A.D. 600, quoted in the Masserah), with three early printed editions, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "in the day". Other codices. with seven early printed editions and Aramaean, read "as (or like, or about the time of) the day".

lo. Figure of speech Asterismos App-6.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.

In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships, to make the careless Ethiopians afraid - (Isaiah 18:1-2). The cataracts interposing between them and Egypt should not save them. Egyptians "fleeing from before me" in my execution of judgment, as "messengers" in 'skiffs' ("vessels of bulrushes," Isaiah 18:2) shall go up the Nile, as far as navigable, to announce the advance of the Chaldeans. In Isaiah 18:1-7 the messengers were to announce good news to the Ethiopians-namely, that God would overthrow Sennacherib the Assyrian king; but here the messengers are to announce terrors to the Ethiopians-namely, that the Chaldean army is advancing toward them.

Great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt. The day of Ethiopia's "pain" shall come shortly, as Egypt's day came.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 30:9". "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

(9) Messengers go forth from me in ships.—Comp. Isaiah 18:1-2. This does not mean the army of Nebuchadnezzar, which did not penetrate into Ethiopia, but the flying Egyptians, who ascend the Nile to seek safety in Ethiopia, and alarm it with the tidings of Egypt’s fall. The “careless” are the secure Ethiopians. “As in the day of Egypt” is a reference to a past event, and can only mean, as in the day of judgment upon Egypt at the Exodus.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.
messengers
5,6; Isaiah 18:1,2; 20:3,5; Zephaniah 2:12
careless
38:11; 39:6; Judges 18:7; Isaiah 32:9-11; 47:8; Jeremiah 49:31; Zephaniah 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:2
great
4; 26:16; 27:35; 32:9,10; Isaiah 19:17; 23:5; Jeremiah 49:21; Zechariah 11:2,3
lo
33:33; Amos 4:2
Reciprocal: Ezekiel 30:16 - General

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