Ezekiel 28
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Prophecy against Tyre

1This message came to me from the LORD: 2“Son of Man, tell Tyre’s Commander-in-Chief,a ‘This is what the Lord GOD says:

“Because your heart is arrogant,b

and because you keep saying,

‘I have taken my seat,

I am a god,

seated in God’s seat right in the middlec of the sea,’d

and because you’re a man,

and not a god,

even though you pretend

that you have a god-like heart…

3Look! You’re wiser than Daniel, aren’t you?

No secret is too mysterious for you!

4Your wisdom and understanding

brought you phenomenal wealth.

You’ve brought gold and silver

into your treasuries.

5By your great wisdom,

by your skills in trading

you have amassed wealth for yourself

and your heart has become arrogant

because of your wealth.”

6Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says:

“Because you’ve made your heart

like that of God

7Therefore, look!

I’m bringing foreigners in your direction,

the most terrifying of nations!

They will direct their violencee

against the grandeur

that you’ve created by your wisdom.

8They’ll send you down to the Pit,f

and you’ll die defiled in the depths of the sea.

9Is that when you’ll say, ‘I’m God’

to the face of those who will be killing you?

After all, you’re a man,

and have never been a god,

especially when you’re under the controlg of those

who will defile you!

10You will die a death fit for the uncircumcised

at the hand of foreigners.”

‘for I have said it will be so,’

declares the LORD.”

A Rebuke for Tyre’s King

11Another message came to me from the LORD, and this is what it said: 12“Son of Man, start singing this lamentation for the king of Tyre. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says:

“You served as myh model,

my example of complete wisdom

and perfect beauty.

13You used to be in Eden—

God’s paradise!

You wore precious stones for clothing:

ruby,i topaz, diamond,j

beryl,k onyx, jasper,

sapphire,l turquoise, and carbuncle.

Your settings were crafted in gold,

along with your engravings.

On the day of your creation

they had been prepared!

14 “You were the anointed cherub;

having been set in place

on the holy mountain of God,

you walked in the midst of fiery stones.

15You were blameless in your behaviorm

from the day you were created

until wickedness was discovered in you.

16Since your vast business dealings

filled you with violent intentn

from top to bottom,o

you sinned,

so I cast you away as defiled

from the mountain of God.

I destroyed you,

you guardian cherub,

from the midst of the fiery stones.

17Your heart grew arrogant because of your beauty;

you annihilated your own wisdom

because of your splendor.

Then I threw you to the ground

in the presence of kings,

giving them a good look at you!

18By all of your iniquity

and unrighteous businesses

you defiled your sanctuaries,

so I’m going to bring out fire from within you

and burn you to ashes on the earth

before the whole watching world!

19Everyone who knows you

throughout all the nations

will be appalled at your calamity

and you will no longer exist forever.”’”

The Judgment of Sidon

20Another message came to me from the LORD, who had this to say:

21“Son of Man, turn your attentionp to Sidon and prophesy against her.q 22Tell her:

‘Pay attention to me, Sidon!

I’m against you,

and I’m going to glorify myself right in your midst.’

They’ll learn that I am the LORD

when I carry out these punishments

and manifest my holiness in her midst.

23I’m going to send disease into that cityr

and blood into her streets.

People will drop dead in her midst

from the violence done tos her from every side.

Then they’ll learn that I am the Lord GOD.”

The Future Regathering of Israel

24“The house of Israel will never again suffer from painful briers and sharp thorn bushes that surround them on every side, and they will learn that I am the LORD. 25This is what the Lord GOD says:

‘When I gather the house of Israel from the nations to which I’ve scattered them, I will show them my holiness before the watching world, and they will live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26They will live in safety in the land,t building houses and planting vineyards. They’ll live in safety while I judge everyone who maligns them among those who surround them. At that time they’ll learn that I am the LORD their God.’”

a 28:2 Lit. Nagid; i.e. a senior officer entrusted with dual roles of operational oversight and administrative authority
b 28:2 Lit. tall
c 28:2 Lit. heart
d 28:2 I.e., an allusion to Tyre’s location on an island off the coast of Lebanon
e 28:7 Lit. swords
f 28:8 i.e. the place of punishment in the afterlife
g 28:9 Lit. you’re in the hand
h 28:12 The Heb. lacks my
i 28:13 Lit. red
j 28:13 Or emerald
k 28:13 Lit. Tarshish; i.e. a yellow stone
l 28:13 Or lapis lazuli; a bright blue stone
m 28:15 Lit. ways
n 28:16 Lit. with violence
o 28:16 Lit. in your midst
p 28:21 Lit. face
q 28:21 I.e., the city personified as a woman
r 28:23 Lit. disease into her
s 28:23 Lit. the sword brought against
t 28:26 Lit. in her

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