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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



EZECHIEL 30

 

CHAPTER XXX.

 

Ver. 2.  Day of vengeance, (C.) when the Lord shall judge, (1 Cor. v. 2.) and Egypt shall fall a prey to the most powerful nation of the Chaldees.  W.

 

Ver. 4.  Ethiopia.  Heb. "Chus," denoting part of Arabia, or rather Ethiopia.

 

Ver. 5.  Lydia.  Heb. "Phut," near Egypt.  C. --- These troops were paid.  H. --- Chub, in Mareotis. --- Covenant: the Jews or auxiliaries.  Sept. add, "the Persians and Cretans."  C. --- There were Persians in Africa who followed Hercules.  Pliny v. 8.

 

Ver. 9.  Messengers; the Chaldeans.  C. --- The Nile was navigable as far as Syene.  S. Jer.

 

Ver. 12.  Dry.  The canals were obstructed (C.) which rendered cavalry useless.  Herod. ii. 108.

 

Ver. 13.  Memphis, the capital of Lower Egypt, (C.) where the idol or bull (H.) Apis was fed.  C. --- Here Amasis overcame Apries.  Herod. ii. 168. --- The Chaldees made war on the gods as well as on the people. --- Prince  Amasis was tributary to Babylon.  Some of this probably regards the times of Cambyses and Ochus.  Usher, A. 3478 and 3653.  C.  See C. xxix. 14.  H.

 

Ver. 14.  Taphnis, or Tanis, famous for the miracles of Moses.  C. --- Alexandria.  In the Heb. No, which was the ancient name of that city, which was afterwards rebuilt by Alexander the Great, and from his name called Alexandria.  Ch. --- Sept. "Memphis or Diospolis;" (C.) or Thebes, capital of Higher Egypt; (Boch.) though it seems rather a maritime town.  Nah. iii. 8.  C.

 

Ver. 15.  Pelusium.  Heb. Sin, (H.) "muddy," has the same import as phloV.  C. --- The place is now called Damietta.  H.

 

Ver. 18.  Darkened: war and misery shall ensue. --- Sceptres, by dethroning Apries. --- Pride; overflowing of the Nile.  See Jer. xlix. 19.

 

Ver. 20.  Year, in which Jerusalem was taken.  Pharao lost a battle.  His country was afterwards invaded, (C.) and his subjects rebelled.  v. 21.  H. --- Part of the kingdom had been already subdued.  4 K. xxiv. 7.  W.

 

 








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