Verse 1 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying,
Verse 2 – “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it,
Verse 3 – “and say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you; I will stretch out My hand against you, and make you most desolate;
Verse 4 – I shall lay your cities waste, and you shall be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
In this prophesy, Ezekiel is probably using Edom (Seir) to represent all the nations opposed to God’s people. Edom had offered to help destroy Jerusalem and rejoiced when the city fell. Edom’s longstanding hostility against God’s people resulted in God’s judgment.
Verse 5 – “Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end,
Verse 6 – “therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.
Verse 7 – “Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns.
Verse 8 – “And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall.
Ezekiel not only prophesied against the people of Edom, but also against the mountains and land. Their home was Mount Seir and their mountains symbolized power and strength and pride, thinking they could get away with evil. Edom’s desire for revenge turned against them.
Verse 9 – “I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the Lord.
Verse 10 – “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them; although the Lord was there,
Verse 11 – “Therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I have judged you.
The principle in this text is: “Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth etc.” The punishment would fit the crime.
Verse 12 – “Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’
Verse 13 – “Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.”
Edom had watched Jerusalem fall. Then they boasted that they would go and take their inheritance – the land. Watch out what you say when you see a Christian fall because you never know all the facts. The same calamity that fell on them just might fall on you.
Verse 14 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate.
Verse 15 – “As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as Edom – all of it! Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘
As Edom rejoiced over Judah’s fall, so the world would later rejoice over Edom’s fall. When God restores Israel’s fortunes in the future, He will judge the other nations based on their treatment of Israel.