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2. Pharaoh--"Phra" in Burmah, signifies the king, high priest, and
5. thy height--thy hugeness [FAIRBAIRN]. The great heap of corpses of thy forces, on which thou pridest thyself. "Height" may refer to mental elevation, as well as bodily [VATABLUS].
6. land wherein thou swimmest--Egypt: the land watered by the Nile, the the source of its fertility, wherein thou swimmest (carrying on the image of the crocodile, that is, wherein thou dost exercise thy wanton power at will). Irony. The land shall still afford seas to swim in, but they shall be seas of blood. Alluding to the plague (Ex 7:19; Re 8:8). HAVERNICK translates, "I will water the land with what flows from thee, even thy blood, reaching to the mountains": "with thy blood overflowing even to the mountains." Perhaps this is better.
7. put thee out--extinguish thy light (Job 18:5). Pharaoh is represented as a bright star, at the extinguishing of whose light in the political sky the whole heavenly host is shrouded in sympathetic darkness. Here, too, as in Eze 32:6, there is an allusion to the supernatural darkness sent formerly (Ex 10:21-23). The heavenly bodies are often made images of earthly dynasties (Isa 13:10; Mt 24:29).
9. thy destruction--that is, tidings of thy destruction (literally, "thy breakage") carried by captive and dispersed Egyptians "among the nations" [GROTIUS]; or, thy broken people, resembling one great fracture, the ruins of what they had been [FAIRBAIRN].
10. brandish my sword before them--literally, "in their faces," or sight.
13. (See on Eze 29:11). The picture is ideally true, not to be interpreted by the letter. The political ascendency of Egypt was to cease with the Chaldean conquest [FAIRBAIRN]. Henceforth Pharaoh must figuratively no longer trouble the waters by man or beast, that is, no longer was he to flood other peoples with his overwhelming forces.
14. make their waters deep--rather, "make . . . to subside";
literally, "sink" [FAIRBAIRN].
16. As in Eze 19:14. This is a prophetical lamentation; yet so it shall come to pass [GROTIUS].
17. The second lamentation for Pharaoh. This funeral dirge in
imagination accompanies him to the unseen world. Egypt personified in
its political head is ideally represented as undergoing the change by
death to which man is liable. Expressing that Egypt's supremacy is no
more, a thing of the past, never to be again.
18. cast them down--that is, predict that they shall be cast
The prophet's word was God's, and carried with it its own fulfilment.
19. Whom dost thou pass in beauty?--Beautiful as thou art, thou art
not more so than other nations, which nevertheless have perished.
20. she is delivered to the sword--namely, by God.
Ezekiel has before his eyes
22. her . . . his--The abrupt change of gender is, because Ezekiel has in view at one time the kingdom (feminine), at another the monarch. "Asshur," or Assyria, is placed first in punishment, as being first in guilt.
23. in the sides of the pit--Sepulchres in the East were caves
hollowed out of the rock, and the bodies were laid in niches formed at
the sides. MAURER needlessly departs from the
ordinary meaning, and translates, "extremities" (compare
Isa 14:13, 15).
24. Elam--placed next, as having been an auxiliary to Assyria. Its
territory lay in Persia. In Abraham's time an independent kingdom
Famous for its bowmen
26. Meshech, Tubal--northern nations: the Moschi and Tibareni, between the Black and Caspian Seas. HERODOTUS [3.94], mentions them as a subjugated people, tributaries to Darius Hystaspes (see Eze 27:13).
27. they shall not lie with the mighty--that is, they shall not have
separate tombs such as mighty conquerors have: but shall all be heaped
together in one pit, as is the case with the vanquished
HAVERNICK reads it interrogatively, "Shall they not lie with the mighty
that are fallen?" But English Version is supported by the parallel
(Isa 14:18, 19),
to which Ezekiel refers, and which represents them as not lying
as mighty kings lie in a grave, but cast out of one, as a carcass
trodden under foot.
28. Yea, thou--Thou, too, Egypt, like them, shalt lie as one vanquished.
29. princes--Edom was not only governed by kings, but by subordinate
"princes" or "dukes"
30. princes of the north--Syria, which is still called by the Arabs the
north; or the Tyrians, north of Palestine, conquered by Nebuchadnezzar
31. comforted--with the melancholy satisfaction of not being alone, but of having other kingdoms companions in his downfall. This shall be his only comfort--a very poor one!
32. my terror--the Margin or Keri. The Hebrew text or Chetib is "his terror," which gives good sense (Eze 32:25, 30). "My terror" implies that God puts His terror on Pharaoh's multitude, as they put "their terror" on others, for example, under Pharaoh-necho on Judea. As "the land of the living" was the scene of "their terror," so it shall be God's; especially in Judea, He will display His glory to the terror of Israel's foes (Eze 26:20). In Israel's case the judgment is temporary, ending in their future restoration under Messiah. In the case of the world kingdoms which flourished for a time, they fall to rise no more.