5 " 'Because you harbored an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax,
5 Because thou hast had a perpetual
5 Because you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment,
5 "'I'm doing this because you've kept this age-old grudge going against Israel: You viciously attacked them when they were already down, looking their final punishment in the face.
5 "Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end,
5 "Your eternal hatred for the people of Israel led you to butcher them when they were helpless, when I had already punished them for all their sins.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ezekiel 35:5
Commentary on Ezekiel 35:1-9
(Read Ezekiel 35:1-9)
All who have God against them, have the word of God against them. Those that have a constant hatred to God and his people, as the carnal mind has, can only expect to be made desolate for ever.