Ezekiel 25:2
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New International Version
"Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

New Living Translation
"Son of man, turn and face the land of Ammon and prophesy against its people.

English Standard Version
“Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

New American Standard Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward the sons of Ammon and prophesy against them,

King James Bible
Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

Christian Standard Bible
"Son of man, face the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

Contemporary English Version
Ezekiel, son of man, condemn the people of Ammon

Good News Translation
"Mortal man," he said, "denounce the country of Ammon.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Son of man, turn your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

International Standard Version
"Son of Man, turn your attention to the descendants of Ammon and rebuke them.

NET Bible
"Son of man, turn toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

New Heart English Bible
"Son of man, set your face toward the children of Ammon, and prophesy against them:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Son of man, turn to the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Son of man, set thy face toward the children of Ammon, and prophesy against them;

New American Standard 1977
“Son of man, set your face toward the sons of Ammon, and prophesy against them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Son of man, set thy face against the sons of Ammon and prophesy against them

King James 2000 Bible
Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

American King James Version
Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

American Standard Version
Son of man, set thy face toward the children of Ammon, and prophesy against them:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Son of man, set thy face against the children of Ammon, and thou shalt prophesy of them.

Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face against the children of Ammon, and prophesy against them;

English Revised Version
Son of man, set thy face toward the children of Ammon, and prophesy against them:

Webster's Bible Translation
Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

World English Bible
Son of man, set your face toward the children of Ammon, and prophesy against them:

Young's Literal Translation
'Son of man, set thy face unto the sons of Ammon, and prophesy against them;
Study Bible
A Prophecy against Ammon
1And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2"Son of man, set your face toward the sons of Ammon and prophesy against them, 3and say to the sons of Ammon, 'Hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because you said, 'Aha!' against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile,…
Cross References
Jeremiah 49:1
Concerning the sons of Ammon. Thus says the LORD: "Does Israel have no sons? Or has he no heirs? Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad And his people settled in its cities?

Ezekiel 21:2
"Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and speak against the sanctuaries and prophesy against the land of Israel;

Ezekiel 25:1
And the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Ezekiel 28:21
"Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, prophesy against her

Amos 1:13
Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead In order to enlarge their borders.

Zephaniah 2:9
"Therefore, as I live," declares the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, "Surely Moab will be like Sodom And the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah-- A place possessed by nettles and salt pits, And a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder them And the remainder of My nation will inherit them."
Treasury of Scripture

Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

thy face

Ezekiel 6:2 Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy …

Ezekiel 20:46 Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward …

Ezekiel 21:2 Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and drop your word toward …

Ezekiel 35:2 Son of man, set your face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it,

the Ammonites

Ezekiel 21:28-32 And you, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus said the Lord GOD concerning …

Genesis 19:38 And the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Benammi: …

Jeremiah 9:25,26 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them …

Jeremiah 25:21 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,

Jeremiah 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to …

Jeremiah 49:1-6 Concerning the Ammonites, thus said the LORD; Has Israel no sons? …

Amos 1:13-15 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, …

Zephaniah 2:8-11 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children …

(2) Set thy face against the Ammonites.--It has already been mentioned that the utterances against the four contiguous nations of Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia are all contained in one prophecy, and that this prophecy was evidently spoken after the fall of Jerusalem, and, consequently, after the date of Ezekiel 26:1. The Ammonites, descended from Lot's incest with his younger daughter, had been for centuries persistent enemies of Israel. They had joined the Moabites in their oppression of Israel under Eglon (Judges 3:13), and in a later attack had been subdued by Jephthah (Judges 11:32-33); they fought with extreme cruelty and insolence against Saul (1Samuel 11:2-11); they insulted and warred against David (2Samuel 10:1-6), and were utterly crushed by him (2Samuel 12:31); their idolatries were favoured by Solomon (1Kings 11:7); uniting with Moab and Edom, they attacked Judah under Jehoshaphat (2Chronicles 20:1-25), but utterly failed, and were tributary to his descendant, Uzziah (2Chronicles 26:8); again they fought with Jotham, and were reduced by him to heavy tribute (2Chronicles 27:5); and not long before this time they had occupied the vacant cities of Gad (Jeremiah 49:1). Now they had joined Nebuchadnezzar's army against Judah (2Kings 24:2). From Ezekiel 25:3 it appears that their hostility arose not only from national jealousy, but from an especial hatred against the Jewish religion (comp. also Psalm 83:7). They are the frequent subject of prophetic denunciation (Isaiah 11:14; Jeremiah 49:1-6; Amos 1:13-15; Zephaniah 2:8-11).

Verse 2. - Set thy face against the Ammonites. The main facts that are essential to a right understanding of the message to this people, not to speak of their long-standing enmity against Israel for many centuries, are

(1) that they formed part of Nebuchadnezzar's army, as allies or tributaries, against Jehoiakim (2 Kings 24:2);

(2) that afterwards they, with other neighboring nations, intrigued with Zedekiah against the Chaldean king (Jeremiah 27:3), so that it was an open question whether his first act of vengeance should fall on Rabbath-Ammon or Jerusalem (Ezekiel 21:20). In Ezekiel 21:28-32, written not long before, Ezekiel had uttered his prediction of the coming judgment. Here we read that when they saw that Jerusalem had been laid waste, they, like Edom (Psalm 137:7), exulted in her downfall. Earlier traces of cruelty and outrage are found in Psalm 83:7; Amos 1:13 - 15; Zephaniah 2:8-11. We learn from Jeremiah 40:14 that the name of the Ammonite king at this time was Baalis. Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites,.... Who were of the posterity of Lot, implacable enemies of the Jews; who hated their religion, and envied their wealth and happiness; against these the prophet is bid to "set his face"; to look that way where they lived, and to put on a frowning countenance, and a menacing aspect: "strengthen thy face", as the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it; look boldly at them:

and prophesy against them; deliver out the following prophecy concerning them. 25:1-7. It is wicked to be glad at the calamities of any, especially of God's people; it is a sin for which he will surely reckon. God will make it appear that he is the God of Israel, though he suffers them for a time to be captives in Babylon. It is better to know Him, and to be poor, than to be rich and ignorant of him.
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