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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Ezekiel 32:17-32

This prophecy concludes and completes the burden of Egypt, and leaves it and all its multitude in the pit of destruction. I. We are here invited to attend the funeral of that once flourishing kingdom, to lament its fall, and to take a view of those who attend it to the grave and accompany it in the grave. 1. This dead corpse of a kingdom is here brought to the grave. The prophet is ordered to cast them down to the pit (Ezek. 32:18), to foretel their destruction as one that had authority, as... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Ezekiel 32:30

There be the princes of the north ,..... The kings of Babylon, according to Kimchi, which lay north of Judea; or the princes of Syria, Damascus, and Tyre, especially the latter, which commonly goes along with Zidon, being near it, as follows: and all the Zidonians . The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "and all the hunters"; but wrongly; as also the Septuagint and Arabic versions, which read the princes or soldiers of Assyria. The Zidonians or inhabitants of Zidon are meant as the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Ezekiel 32:30

There be the princes of the north - The kings of Media and Assyria, and all the Zidonians - the kings of Tyre, Sodom, and Damascus. See Calmet. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 32:17-32

The gathering of the guilty nations in Hades. This vision of the poet-prophet is one of the boldest and most sublime in the whole compass of literature. As a lofty flight of imagination it excites the wonder and admiration of every reader gifted with poetical appreciation. Ezekiel is bringing to a close his prophecies regarding the nations by which the land of Israel was encompassed. How far from the narrowness and the lack of sympathy sometimes attributed to the Hebrews was the prophet of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 32:17-32

Companionship in woe. The prophet is a man of power. He is a king bearing an invisible scepter. As a monarch wields only a borrowed power—a power lent by God—so a true prophet is God's vicegerent. Here he unfolds a terrible vision, the outline of a woeful reality. He leads the Egyptian king to the mouth of a vast abyss, in which lie multitudes of the vanquished and the slain. He is invited to contemplate the condition of those thus dishonored by the King of Babylon. And he is forewarned... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 32:17-32

A vision of the unseen world. In this highly figurative prophetic utterance we have— I. THE PROPHET 'S VISION ITSELF . He sees Egypt taking her place, as a fallen power, amongst the departed in the nether world. Nothing could save her; there was no reason why she should not go down as other guilty powers had done, "Whom did she pass in beauty?" ( Ezekiel 32:19 ). No distinction could be made in her case; she must "go down and be laid with the uncircumcised" ( Ezekiel 32:19 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 32:18-30

The world of the dead. "The strong among the mighty" are the inhabitants of the under-world who once were kings and heroes on earth. Now those monarchs of the dead stir themselves as they see great Pharaoh coming to join their company, and prepare to give him a stately though a gloomy welcome. I. THERE IS A WORLD WHERE THE DEAD YET LIVE . This world only appeared to be a realm of shades and desolation to the Jews of Old Testament times. For those who have not the life... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Ezekiel 32:30

There be the princes of the north . The noun for "princes" is different from that of Ezekiel 32:29 , and has the sense of "vassal rulers," as in Joshua 13:21 ; Micah 5:4 . So we have the "kings of the north" in Jeremiah 25:26 . The fact that they are coupled with the Zidonians (it is suggestive that Ezekiel names these rather than the Tyrians) points in the direction of Northern Syria, including cities like Damascus, Hamath, Arpad, and others. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Ezekiel 32:30

The princes of the north - i. e., north of Palestine - The Tyrians and the Syrians.With their terror they are ashamed of their might - i. e., “When their might and power were terrible to all, they were shorn of their power and delivered over to shame and confusion.” There are here six nations, Asshur, Elam, Meshech, Tubal, Edom, Zidon, which added to Egypt make up seven (see the Ezekiel 25:1 note). The section which contains the prophecies against the pagan, closing with this description of the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Ezekiel 32:29-32

Ezekiel 32:29-32. There is Edom, her kings, &c. Of whose destruction Ezekiel prophesied, Ezekiel 25:12; laid by them that were slain by the sword Laid among the conquered. With them that go down to the pit Among those of no renown, who are thrown into one common grave without any honour or distinction paid to them. There be the princes of the north By these, it seems, are meant the Tyrians, who lay north of Judea, and were overcome in many battles by the Chaldeans. Pharaoh shall... read more

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