Joel 3:19

Hebrew Bible

17 “You will be convinced that I, the Lord, am your God, dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy— conquering armies will no longer pass through it. 18 On that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. All the dry stream beds of Judah will flow with water. A spring will flow out from the temple of the Lord, watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 19 Egypt will be desolate, and Edom will be a desolate wilderness because of the violence they did to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood. 20 But Judah will reside securely forever, and Jerusalem will be secure from one generation to the next. 21 I will avenge their blood that I had not previously acquitted.”It is the Lord who dwells in Zion!

Ezekiel 29:12

Hebrew Bible

10 I am against you and your waterways. I will turn the land of Egypt into an utter desolate ruin from Migdol to Syene, as far as the border with Ethiopia. 11 No human foot will pass through it, and no animal’s foot will pass through it; it will be uninhabited for 40 years. 12 I will turn the land of Egypt into a desolation in the midst of desolate lands; for 40 years her cities will lie desolate in the midst of ruined cities. I will scatter Egypt among the nations and disperse them among foreign countries. 13 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: At the end of 40 years I will gather Egypt from the peoples where they were scattered. 14 I will restore the fortunes of Egypt and will bring them back to the land of Pathros, to the land of their origin; there they will be an insignificant kingdom.

 Notes and References

"... Another theme relates to the means of executing these judgments. One such means YHWH threatens to use is to scatter the Israelites to the winds (Ezekiel 5:10, 12). In the oracles against the nations Egypt is specifically singled out for scattering. The words disperse, scatter are used to give this action the force it deserves. YHWH declares he will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries (Ezekiel 29:12; 30:23, 26). Ezekiel 30:17 and 18 are explicit that the Egyptian cities and villages will go into captivity. The agent YHWH employs to execute this threat is the king of Babylon ... One significant difference to note here is that while in Ezekiel 5 YHWH does not make any promises of restoration to Israel, in the oracle against Egypt YHWH announces that their exile would last only for 40 years, after which Egypt would be restored to her land ... Just like in Ezekiel 5:12, 17, Jeremiah brings together sword, famine, and pestilence, as some of the means YHWH is going to use in punishing Israel ... Contrary to Ezekiel 5:17 where wild animals are briefly mentioned, Jeremiah specifies the nature of the wild animals that would ravage Jerusalem: Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces (Jeremiah 5:6). Bloodshed is another punishment that Ezekiel mentions (Ezekiel 5:17). This theme also occurs in other prophets (Compare Isaiah 1:15; 5:7; 26:21; 33:15; 34:3; 49:26; 59:7; Jeremiah 7:6; 19:4; 22:3; 26:15; 46:10; 51:35; Hosea 1:4; 4:2; 6:8; Joel 3:19, 21; Jonah 1:14; Micah 3:10; 7:2; Nahum 3:1; Habakkuk 2:8, 12, 17; Zephaniah 1:17; Zechariah 9:15) ..."

Wahonya, Paul Onyango Ezekiel 5:5-17 and Theodicy: A Theological Investigation of the Character of God (p. 281, 340) Andrews University, 2011

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