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Explain Ezekiel 29:10

With the pot that is Egypt boiling what do you think of this Scripture Ezekiel 29:10 Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, 29:11 , neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

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As far as it being uninhabited for 40 years, there's been an Egypt just about as long has there has been human civilization. I don't think things are likely to change, so it might be better to consider other interpretations of this passage.
---Cluny on 2/10/11

very true
---FRANCIS on 2/18/11


Cluny and Mark E, you both are correct. This has nothing whatsoever to do with what is happening in Egypt now. Egypt has had it's time many times. But the one talked about in Ez. 29:10 this period of time was when Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, reign supreme in Egypt (v. 19,20), from ca. 568/67 BC to 525 BC until Cyrus gained Persian control. Reading the whole context really tells the story for this one. Something else, what was written here was literal or explicit statements, fact.
---Mark_V. on 2/15/11


Cluny, God has given us a literal mind and so I try to take whenever possible the Bible literally.
But then remember I only hold 3 degrees of which only one is a Masters.---mima on 2/11/11

You are the obedient "3rd deg master of Literal" though we see so many rebellious women than cannot tolerate...the literalness of scripture. For instance the one given below.

And for that they cannot understand the precepts, allegory of the scriptural story. (One on here being an humble exception)

Your mastery should have been in the home, it is not found in scripture.

1 Corinthians 14:35
And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
---Trav on 2/14/11


\\Cluny, God has given us a literal mind and so I try to take whenever possible the Bible literally.\\

There are many places in the Bible that are clearly NOT intended to be taken literally, as when human attributes are given to God, such as saying He has hands or eyes as we do.

Those who have a mind understand this.

This, btw, was said by St. Isaac the Syrian in the 500's.
---Cluny on 2/11/11


Mima ... God gave us our bodies too, which now fail to operate as He originally made them. So too with our brains ... mine is getting old and tired.

But even though I have no degrees at all, I can tell that some things may not be intended to be taken literally
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/11/11




Cluny, God has given us a literal mind and so I try to take whenever possible the Bible literally. Sometime in the future(it has not happened yet) one third of the population in the world will die. Perhaps part of that one third of the population will include the populace of Egypt. But then remember I only hold 3 degrees of which only one is a Masters.
---mima on 2/11/11


mima, where do you think the present 80 million inhabitants of Egypt would be going for the "40 years."

BTW--remember that many times in the Bible , "40" simply means an indefinite number.
---Cluny on 2/11/11


\\Cluny please give me your interpretation of the passage."neither shall it be inhabited forty years."
---mima on 2/10/11\\

Why? It's already been clarified by Mark.

Remember, mima, a text without a context is a pretext.
---Cluny on 2/10/11


Cluny please give me your interpretation of the passage."neither shall it be inhabited forty years."
---mima on 2/10/11


Why did you stop at only one verse and try to interpret it?

Keep reading.

Eze 29:19 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon And he will carry off her wealth and capture her spoil and seize her plunder, and it will be wages for his army"

I believe the passage has already been fulfilled once.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/10/11




Egypt has suffered various vicissitudes throughout its multi-millennia history. Why should it not survive this one?

As far as it being uninhabited for 40 years, there's been an Egypt just about as long has there has been human civilization. I don't think things are likely to change, so it might be better to consider other interpretations of this passage.
---Cluny on 2/10/11


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