Chapter 35

1The word of Hashem came to me:

אוַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהֹוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃

2O mortal, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it.

בבֶּן־אָדָם שִׂים פָּנֶיךָ עַל־הַר שֵׂעִיר וְהִנָּבֵא עָלָיו׃

3Say to it: Thus said Hashem: I am going to deal with you, Mount Seir: I will stretch out My hand against you and make you an utter waste.

גוְאָמַרְתָּ לּוֹ כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנְנִי אֵלֶיךָ הַר־שֵׂעִיר וְנָטִיתִי יָדִי עָלֶיךָ וּנְתַתִּיךָ שְׁמָמָה וּמְשַׁמָּה׃

4I will turn your towns into ruins, and you shall be a desolation; then you shall know that I am Hashem.

דעָרֶיךָ חָרְבָּה אָשִׂים וְאַתָּה שְׁמָמָה תִהְיֶה וְיָדַעְתָּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה׃

5Because you harbored an ancient hatred and handed the people of Yisrael over to the sword in their time of calamity, the time set for their punishment—

YA-an he-YOT l'-KHA ay-VAT o-LAM va-ta-GAYR et b'-nay yis-ra-AYL al y'-DAY KHA-rev b'-AYT ay-DAM b'-AYT a-VON KAYTZ

היַעַן הֱיוֹת לְךָ אֵיבַת עוֹלָם וַתַּגֵּר אֶת־בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל עַל־יְדֵי־חָרֶב בְּעֵת אֵידָם בְּעֵת עֲוׂן קֵץ׃

 35:5  Because you harbored an ancient hatred

Although chapter 32 ended Yechezkel’s prophecies against the nations, he returns with one final chapter against the nation of Edom. The Edomites were descendants of Esau whose animosity towards his brother Yaakov was perpetuated throughout history. Esau inhabited the mountainous region on the east side of the Arava valley, around Mount Seir — a dry, barren, rocky landscape. Yechezkel explains that since the Edomites constantly assisted Israel’s enemies, God was personally against them (verse 3), and would ensure that their country would remain desolate (verse 4).

6assuredly, as I live, declares Hashem, I will doom you with blood; blood shall pursue you; I swear that, for your bloodthirsty hatred, blood shall pursue you.

ולָכֵן חַי־אָנִי נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כִּי־לְדָם אֶעֶשְׂךָ וְדָם יִרְדֲּפֶךָ אִם־לֹא דָם שָׂנֵאתָ וְדָם יִרְדֲּפֶךָ׃

7I will make Mount Seir an utter waste, and I will keep all passersby away from it.

זוְנָתַתִּי אֶת־הַר שֵׂעִיר לְשִׁמְמָה וּשְׁמָמָה וְהִכְרַתִּי מִמֶּנּוּ עֹבֵר וָשָׁב׃

8I will cover its mountains with the slain; men slain by the sword shall lie on your hills, in your valleys, and in all your watercourses.

חוּמִלֵּאתִי אֶת־הָרָיו חֲלָלָיו גִּבְעוֹתֶיךָ וְגֵאוֹתֶיךָ וְכָל־אֲפִיקֶיךָ חַלְלֵי־חֶרֶב יִפְּלוּ בָהֶם׃

9I will make you a desolation for all time; your towns shall never be inhabited. And you shall know that I am Hashem.

טשִׁמְמוֹת עוֹלָם אֶתֶּנְךָ וְעָרֶיךָ לֹא תישבנה [תָשֹׁבְנָה] וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה׃

10Because you thought “The two nations and the two lands shall be mine and we shall possess them”—although Hashem was there—

ייַעַן אֲמָרְךָ אֶת־שְׁנֵי הַגּוֹיִם וְאֶת־שְׁתֵּי הָאֲרָצוֹת לִי תִהְיֶינָה וִירַשְׁנוּהָ וַיהֹוָה שָׁם הָיָה׃

11assuredly, as I live, declares Hashem, I will act with the same anger and passion that you acted with in your hatred of them. And I will make Myself known through them when I judge you.

יאלָכֵן חַי־אָנִי נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה וְעָשִׂיתִי כְּאַפְּךָ וּכְקִנְאָתְךָ אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָה מִשִּׂנְאָתֶיךָ בָּם וְנוֹדַעְתִּי בָם כַּאֲשֶׁר אֶשְׁפְּטֶךָ׃

12You shall know that I Hashem have heard all the taunts you uttered against the hills of Yisrael: “They have been laid waste; they have been given to us as prey.”

יבוְיָדַעְתָּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה שָׁמַעְתִּי אֶת־כָּל־נָאָצוֹתֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר אָמַרְתָּ עַל־הָרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר שממה [שָׁמֵמוּ] לָנוּ נִתְּנוּ לְאָכְלָה׃

13And you spoke arrogantly against Me and multiplied your words against Me: I have heard it.

יגוַתַּגְדִּילוּ עָלַי בְּפִיכֶם וְהַעְתַּרְתֶּם עָלַי דִּבְרֵיכֶם אֲנִי שָׁמָעְתִּי׃

14Thus said Hashem: When the whole earth rejoices, I will make you a desolation.

ידכֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כִּשְׂמֹחַ כָּל־הָאָרֶץ שְׁמָמָה אֶעֱשֶׂה־לָּךְ׃

15As you rejoiced when the heritage of the House of Yisrael was laid waste, so will I treat you: the hill country of Seir and the whole of Edom, all of it, shall be laid waste. And they shall know that I am Hashem.

טוכְּשִׂמְחָתְךָ לְנַחְלַת בֵּית־יִשְׂרָאֵל עַל אֲשֶׁר־שָׁמֵמָה כֵּן אֶעֱשֶׂה־לָּךְ שְׁמָמָה תִהְיֶה הַר־שֵׂעִיר וְכָל־אֱדוֹם כֻּלָּהּ וְיָדְעוּ כִּי־אֲנִי יְהֹוָה׃