Perspectives on Ezekiel 29?


#1

Hello,

An atheist friend of mine was challenging the validity of this chapter, claiming that it was an unfulfilled prophecy on Egypt.

Can anyone help explain this for me? I haven’t been able to find much information. But I do know that Egypt was put to tribute by Nebuchadnezzar, and presumably, there would have been some deportation of inhabitants since this was standard procedure at the time. I think he’s interpreting it a bit too literally, but if anyone can give me some information, it’d be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


#2

Fr. William Most says…
Then God tells Nebuchadnezzar that since he had labored hard to take the island of Tyre, in vain, he would be given Egypt as a recompense. We have some Babylonian fragments that seem to speak of an expedition to Egypt in 568, but the text is unclear and meaning debated. There was a substantial fulfillment of the prophecy parallel to that of Jeremiah 43.8-13 In 29.221 the words “in that day” may refer merely to the fall of Egypt, but could equally well look ahead to the Messiah who is to come.


#3

From the notes in the NABRE:

[LIST]
*]Judah and the Egyptians were allies against the Babylonians.
*]The dragon is a crocodile and is also a symbol for Pharaoh.
*]God pulls Pharaoh (crocodile) and his people (clinging fish) out of the Nile.
*]They land in an open field and are torn apart by birds rather than being buried.
*]Pharaoh is the reed that looks sturdy, but breaks under pressure.
*]Panthros means “upper”.
*]The population spread north as the silt left by the annual floods created rich lands there.
*]This is Ezekiel’s latest prophecy and was written on April 26, 571BC.
*]The siege finally ended in 574BC, when Babylon agreed not to loot Tyre if they surrendered.
*]Ezekiel says Babylon should be rewarded for being God’s instrument of Tyre’s punishment.
*]The horn is a symbol of the renewed strength God gives Israel.
*]Ezekiel further says that this conquest of Egypt precedes Israel’s restoration.
*]He hopes to be there to see it himself.
[/LIST]

Hope this helps!


#4

It looks like there is historically an indication that Nebuchadnezzar invaded Egypt in 568 as you stated. It most likely did lead to a decline in Egyptian power since it never regained its previous world power status. I just have a hard time finding information to help with regards to the verse.


#5

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