This chapter contains threatenings of the heavy judgments of God against the Ammonites, 1-7; Moabites, 8-11; Edomites, 12-14; and Philistines, 15-17; on account of their hatred to his people, and their insulting them in the time of their distress. These prophecies were fulfilled by the instrumentality of Nebuchadnezzar, about five years after the destruction of Jerusalem. The same events were predicted by several of the other prophets, as may be seen from the citation of parallel texts in the margin. Notes on Chapter 25
The word of the Lord
The chronological order of this chapter is after Ezekiel 33:21, Newcome.
Set thy face against the Ammonites
We have already seen, Ezekiel 21:19, was in doubt whether he should besiege Riblath, the capital of the Ammonites, or Jerusalem, the capital of the Jews, first: and having used his divination. he was determined, by the result, to attack Jerusalem the first. He did so; and the Ammonites, seeing the success of his arms, made friends with him, and exulted in the ruin of the Jews. God resents this, and predicts their downfall with that of Edom, Moab, and the Philistines. The fulfilment of this prediction is not noted in Scripture: but Josephus tells us, that about five years after the taking of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar turned his arms against the Ammonites and Moabites, and afterwards against Egypt; and having subdued those nations, he returned to Babylon. Joseph. Antiq., l. x., c. ii. Berosus states, as quoted by Josephus, contra App., that Nebuchadnezzar subdued Syria, Arabia, Phoenicia, and Egypt: and consequently, that he had brought under his dominion the Ammonites, Moabites, and Idumeans, who were included among the Philistines. See Calmet.
Will deliver thee to the men of the east
Probably the Scenite Arabs, Ishmaelites, and people of Kedar, who seized upon the provinces of the vanquished Ammonites, description suits this people only, living on fruits, the milk of their flocks, using camels, people of the east mean the Chaldeans.
I will cause thee to perish
Except in history, the name of the Ammonites does not now exist.
Moab and Seir do say
Seir means the Idumeans. It appears that both these, with the Ammonites, had made a league with Zedekiah, Jeremiah 27:3, which they did not keep; and it is supposed that they even joined with the Chaldeans.
I will open the side
ketheph, the shoulder, the strongest frontier place. Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim were strong frontier towns of Moab.
That the Ammonites
The Syriac has, "That Rabbah of the sons of Ammon be not remembered."
Because that Edom hath dealt
The Edomites were the most inveterate enemies of the Jews from the very earliest times, and ever did all that they could to annoy them.
I will make it desolate from Teman
Teman and Dedan were both cities of the Moabites, and apparently at each extremity of the land.
I will lay my vengeance upon Edom
God will not allow men to insult those whom he has cast down. His judgment is sufficient; to add more is an insult to God.
By the hand of my people Israel
This was fulfilled by the Maccabees, who not only defeated them and brought them under complete subjection, but obliged them to receive circumcision, Joseph. Antiq. l. xiii., c. 17; 1Macc 5:65; 2Macc 10:16.
Because the Philistines
They were as inimical to the Jews as the Ammonites, because they had assisted the Tyrians during the time he was besieging their city.
I will cut off the Cherethims
See Clarke on 2 Samuel 8:18.
The remnant of the sea coasts.
The different seignories of the Philistines inhabited the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, from Judea to Egypt. For other matters relative to these prophecies, see the passages in the margin.