6:7 The slain will fall among you and then you will know that I am the Lord. 1
30:11 He and his people with him,
the most terrifying of the nations, 2
will be brought there to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt,
and fill the land with corpses.
31:17 Those who lived in its shade, its allies 3 among the nations, also went down with it to Sheol, to those killed by the sword.
31:18 Which of the trees of Eden was like you in majesty and loftiness? You will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword! This is what will happen to Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
32:20 They will fall among those killed by the sword. The sword is drawn; they carry her and all her hordes away.
1 sn The phrase you will know that I am the Lord concludes over sixty oracles in the book of Ezekiel and indicates the ultimate goal of God’s action. The phrase is often used in the book of Exodus as well (Exod 7:5; 14:4, 18). By Ezekiel’s day the people had forgotten that the Lord (Yahweh) was their covenant God and had turned to other gods. They had to be reminded that Yahweh alone deserved to be worshiped because only he possessed the power to meet their needs. Through judgment and eventually deliverance, Israel would be reminded that Yahweh alone held their destiny in his hands.
2 tn The Babylonians were known for their cruelty (2 Kgs 25:7).
3 tn Heb “its arm.”