32:18 “Son of man, wail 1 over the horde of Egypt. Bring it down; 2 bring 3 her 4 and the daughters of powerful nations down to the lower parts of the earth, along with those who descend to the pit.
32:20 They will fall among those killed by the sword. The sword is drawn; they carry her and all her hordes away.
32:27 They do not lie with the fallen warriors of ancient times, 5 who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, having their swords placed under their heads and their shields on their bones, 6 when the terror of these warriors was in the land of the living.
2 sn Through this prophetic lament given by God himself, the prophet activates the judgment described therein. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 2:217, and L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:136-37.
3 tn Heb “Bring him down, her and the daughters of the powerful nations, to the earth below.” The verb “bring down” appears in the Hebrew text only once. Because the verb takes several objects here, the repetition of the verb in the translation improves the English style.
4 tn This apparently refers to personified Egypt.
5 tc Heb “of the uncircumcised.” The LXX reads, probably correctly, “from of old” rather than “of the uncircumcised.” The phrases are very similar in spelling. The warriors of Meshech-Tubal are described as uncircumcised, so it would be odd for them to not be buried with the uncircumcised. Verse 28 specifically says that they would lie with the uncircumcised.
6 tn Heb “and their iniquities were over their bones.” The meaning of this statement is unclear; in light of the parallelism (see “swords”) it is preferable to emend “their iniquities” to “their swords.” See L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:135.