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Ezekiel 25:14-17

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25:14 I will exact my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel. They will carry out in Edom my anger and rage; they will experience 1  my vengeance, declares the sovereign Lord.’”

A Prophecy Against Philistia

25:15 “This is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘The Philistines 2  have exacted merciless revenge, 3  showing intense scorn 4  in their effort to destroy Judah 5  with unrelenting hostility. 6  25:16 So this is what the sovereign Lord says: Take note, I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines. I will kill 7  the Cherethites 8  and destroy those who remain on the seacoast. 25:17 I will exact great vengeance upon them with angry rebukes. 9  Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I exact my vengeance upon them.’”

1 tn Heb “know.”

2 sn The Philistines inhabited the coastal plain by the Mediterranean Sea, west of Judah.

3 tn Heb “have acted with vengeance and taken vengeance with vengeance.” The repetition emphasizes the degree of vengeance which they exhibited, presumably toward Judah.

4 tn Heb “with scorn in (the) soul.”

5 tn The object is not specified in the Hebrew text, but has been clarified as “Judah” in the translation.

6 tn Heb “to destroy (with) perpetual hostility.” Joel 3:4-8 also speaks of the Philistines taking advantage of the fall of Judah.

7 tn In Hebrew the verb “and I will cut off” sounds like its object, “the Cherethites,” and draws attention to the statement.

8 sn This is a name for the Philistines, many of whom migrated to Palestine from Crete.

9 tn Heb “with acts of punishment of anger.”



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