Ezekiel 35

The Lord's message to Edom

1 The Lord gave this message to me: 2 ‘Son of man, look towards Mount Seir. Then speak my message to warn it. 3 Say to it, “This is what the Almighty Lord says: Listen! I am your enemy, Mount Seir. I will attack you, so that you become like a desert. 4 I will destroy your towns. They will become heaps of stones where nobody lives. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

35:2Mount Seir is another name for Edom. The people in Edom were the descendants of Esau. He was Jacob's brother. They were enemies of Israel.

5 You have always hated Israel's people. Because of that, you did not help them when their enemy attacked them and killed them. They were in great trouble when I punished them for their sins. 6 So I, the Almighty Lord, promise you this, as surely as I live. I will allow your enemies to kill you. If you run away from them, they will chase you and kill you. You were happy to see an enemy kill my people, so an enemy will kill you also. 7 I will make Mount Seir become like a desert where nobody lives. I will destroy anyone who travels through that place. 8 Dead bodies will lie all over your mountains. The bodies of men who have died in battle will lie on your hills and in your valleys. 9 I will make you a desert for ever and nobody will live in your towns. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

35:5The people of Edom were happy when Babylon's army attacked Jerusalem. They watched the enemy attack the Israelites and they did not try to help them. God was using Babylon's army to punish his people.

10 You said, ‘We will take these two nations for ourselves. Israel and Judah will belong to us.’ You said that when I, the Lord, was there with them. 11 So I promise that I will punish you, as surely as I live. That is what the Almighty Lord says. Because you were angry and jealous, you hated my people, So I will punish you as you deserve. When I judge you, my people will know who I am. 12 Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard you. You have insulted the mountains of Israel. You said, ‘Those mountains have become a desert. So we can take them for ourselves.’ 13 You said many proud things to insult me. You thought that you were greater than me. I heard everything that you said!

14 So this is what the Almighty Lord says: I will make your land become a desert. All the people in the world will be very happy when they see this. 15 You were happy when you saw me punish Israel's people so that their land became a desert. Because you were happy, I will punish you as you deserve. Mount Seir and all the land of Edom will become an empty desert. Then Edom's people will know that I am the Lord.” ’