Prophecy Against Mount Seir

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 Son of man, turn toward1 Mount Seir,2 and prophesy against it. 3 Say to it, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:

“‘Look, I am against you, Mount Seir;
I will stretch out my hand against you
and turn you into a desolate ruin.
4 I will lay waste your cities;
and you will become desolate.
Then you will know that I am the Lord!

5‘You have shown unrelenting hostility and poured the people of Israel onto the blades of a sword3 at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment. 6 Therefore, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will subject you to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you. 7 I will turn Mount Seir into a desolate ruin;4 I will cut off5 from it the one who passes through or returns. 8 I will fill its mountains with its dead; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines, those killed by the sword will fall. 9 I will turn you into a perpetual desolation, and your cities will not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

10‘You said, “These two nations, these two lands6 will be mine, and we will possess them,”7 – although the Lord was there – 11 therefore, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will deal with you according to your anger, and according to your envy, by which you acted spitefully against them. I will reveal myself to them when I judge you. 12 Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard all the insults you spoke against the mountains of Israel, saying, “They are desolate, they have been given to us for food.” 13 You exalted yourselves against me with your speech8 and hurled many insults against me9 – I have heard them all! 14 This is what the sovereign Lord says: While the whole earth rejoices, I will turn you into a desolation. 15 As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel because it was desolate, so will I deal with you – you will be desolate, Mount Seir, and all of Edom – all of it! Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”

135:2tn Heb “set your face against.” 235:2sn Mount Seir is to be identified with Edom (Ezek 35:15), home of Esau’s descendants (Gen 25:21-30). 335:5tn Or “gave over…to the power of the sword.” This phrase also occurs in Jer 18:21 and Ps 63:10. 435:7tc The translation reads with some manuscripts לְשִׁמְמָה וּמְשַׁמָּה (lÿshimmah umÿshammah, “desolate ruin”) as in verse 3 and often in Ezekiel. The majority reading reverses the first mem (מ) with the shin (שׁ) resulting in the repetition of the word desolate: לְשִׁמְמָה וּשְׁמָמָה (lÿshimmah ushÿmamah). 535:7tn Or “kill.” 635:10sn The reference is to Israel and Judah. 735:10tn Heb “it.” 835:13tn Heb “your mouth.” 935:13tn Heb “and you multiplied against me your words.” The Hebrew verb occurs only here and in Prov 27:6, where it refers to the “excessive” kisses of an enemy. The basic idea of the verb appears to be “to be abundant.” Here it occurs in the causative (Hiphil) stem.