A Y 35:1-15. Judgments on enemies. Z 36:1-37:38. Restoration of Israel. Y 38:1-39:29. Judgments on nations. Z 40:1-48:35. Restoration of Israel.
Y c1 1-4. Threatening. Desolation. d1 5. Reason. Hatred. c2 6-9. Threatening. Desolation. d2 10. Reason. Covetousness. c3 11-15. Threatening. Desolation.
1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man, set your face against mount Seir (i.e. Edom Cp. 6:2; 25:12-4. Ch. 35 is introductory. Cp. 36:5, preparing the way for the occupation of Israel), and prophesy against it,
3 And say to it, 'Thus says the Lord GOD; 'Behold, O mount Seir, I am against you, and I will stretch out My hand against you, and I will make you most desolate.
4 I will lay your cities waste, and you shall be desolate, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
5 Because you have had a hatred of old, and have shed the blood of the sons of Israel by the hands (put for the slaughter wrought by them) of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:
6 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I will prepare you unto blood, and blood shall pursue you: since you have not hated blood, even blood shall pursue you.
7 Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that pass out and him that returns.
8 And I will fill his mountains with his slain men (cp. Isa. 34:1-15): in your hills, and in your valleys, and in all your rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword.
9 I will make you perpetual desolations, and your cities shall not be rebuilt: and you shall know that I am the LORD.
10 Because you have said (cp.s. 83:4,12), 'These two nations (I.e. Israel and Judah) and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it (can this refer to the blessing which Esau sought?);' whereas the LORD was there: (Cp. 36:2,5, and 48:35.)
11 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, I will even deal according to your anger, and according to your envy which you have used out of your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them, when I have judged you.
12 And you shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.'
13 Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me, and have multiplied your words against Me: I have heard them.'
14 Thus says the Lord GOD; 'When the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate.
15 As you did rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel (see Ex. 16:31), because it was desolate, so will I do to you: you shall be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Edom, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.' ' " (See 6:10.)