Dave Burnette's Commentary

Ezekiel Chapter 30

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezekiel
Date Penned: BC 571
Overview: Messages Against Seven Nations (c 25-32)
Theme: The Reality of Punishment (c 12-32)
Message: Egypt faces doom (v 1-26) 
Ezekiel: Chapter 30 Commentary

(30:1-19) This is a prophecy, or prediction, against Egypt and its allies. Because of the pride and idolatry of the Egyptians, they would be brought down.

(30: 12) Egypt’s pharaohs claimed that they had made the Nile, the river on which the entire nation depended. If God dried up the Nile, the nation would be doomed.

(30: 13-19) The list of cities to be destroyed shows the width of the destruction, the drying up of the Nile in verse 12 shows its depth. Egypt would be completely incapacitated. This was a clear message to Judah not to trust Egypt for help against the Babylonians.

(30: 20,21) This message came in 587 BC while Jerusalem was under attack from the Babylonians. Judah had rebelled against in Babylon and had made an alliance with the Egypt in spite of God warnings in the book of Jeremiah chapter 2. Pharaoh Hopphra made a half hard attempt to help Jerusalem but when Nebuchadnezzar’s army turned on him, he fled back to Egypt as noted in book of Jeremiah chapter 37. This defeat is what Ezekiel meant when he said God had broken the arm of Pharaoh.

(30: 21-26) This prophecy was given to Ezekiel in 587 BC. God destroyed Egypt’s military superiority and gave it to Babylon. God allows the nations to rise to power to accomplish a particular purpose, often beyond our immediate understanding. When you read about the armies in wars, don’t despair. Remember that God is sovereign and in charge of everything, every military might. Besides pray for your military and government leaders, pray that God‘s greatness purposes be carried out and this his will be done “on earth as it is in heaven”


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our God is Sovereign


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the Book of Ezekiel with Chapter 30. In our text today we see the continuing story of Egypt facing destruction due to its pride and idolatry. Egypt had built a great Army but God would bring them to their knees. In making application we see the sovereignty of God in action and today the God of the Bible is still sovereign. He is in complete control even though the enemies of God's people are raging wars and terror. How about you? Are you worried about the constant fighting and terrorism we see today? Let us learn from our text today to see that our Lord remains sovereign and in control and we need not worry for we know who is in control and who will deliver us.


Ezekiel 30

Ezekiel 30

 1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

 2Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!

 3For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

 4And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.

 5Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.

 6Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.

 7And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted.

 8And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

 9In 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.

 10Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

 11He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

 12And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers: I the LORD have spoken it.

 13Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.

 14And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

 15And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

 16And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily.

 17The young men of Aven and of Pibeseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity.

 18At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.

 19Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

 20And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 21Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.

 22Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.

 23And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

 24And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh's arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man.

 25But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt.

 26And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.