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Lament over Tyre

27 Moreover, the word of Yahweh came to me saying, “Now as for you, son of man, (A)take up a lamentation over Tyre and say to Tyre, (B)who inhabits the [a]entrance to the sea, a (C)trader of the peoples to many coastlands, ‘Thus says Lord Yahweh,

“O Tyre, you have said, ‘I am perfect in beauty.’
Your borders are in the heart of the seas;
Your builders have perfected your beauty.
They have [b]made all your planks of fir trees from (D)Senir;
They have taken a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you.
Of (E)oaks from (F)Bashan they have made your oars;
With ivory they have [c]inlaid your deck of boxwood from the coastlands of (G)Cyprus.
Your [d]sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt
So that it became your [e]standard;
Your [f]awning was [g](H)blue and purple from the coastlands of (I)Elishah.
The inhabitants of Sidon and (J)Arvad were your rowers;
Your (K)wise men, O Tyre, were [h]aboard; they were your pilots.
The elders of (L)Gebal and her wise men were with you repairing your seams;
All the ships of the sea and their sailors were with you in order to deal in your merchandise.

10 (M)Persia and (N)Lud and (O)Put were in your military force, your men of war. They hung shield and helmet in you; they set forth your majesty. 11 The sons of Arvad and your military force were on your walls, all around, and the [i]Gammadim were in your towers. They hung their small shields on your walls all around; they perfected your beauty.

12 “Tarshish was your customer because of the abundance of all kinds of wealth; with silver, iron, tin, and lead they paid for your wares. 13 (P)Javan, (Q)Tubal, and (R)Meshech, they were your traders; with the (S)lives of men and vessels of bronze they paid for your merchandise. 14 Those from (T)Beth-togarmah gave horses and war horses and mules for your wares. 15 The sons of (U)Dedan were your traders. Many coastlands were [j]customers at your hand; (V)ivory tusks and ebony they brought as your payment. 16 (W)Aram was your customer because of the abundance of your [k]goods; they paid for your wares with (X)emeralds, purple, (Y)embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and rubies. 17 Judah and the land of Israel, they were your traders; with the wheat of (Z)Minnith, [l]cakes, honey, oil, and balm they paid for your merchandise. 18 (AA)Damascus was your customer because of the abundance of your [m]goods, because of the abundance of all kinds of wealth, because of the wine of Helbon and white wool. 19 Also Vedan and Javan paid for your wares [n]from Uzal; wrought iron, cassia, and [o]sweet cane were among your merchandise. 20 (AB)Dedan traded with you in saddlecloths for riding. 21 (AC)Arabia and all the princes of Kedar, they were [p]customers at your hand for (AD)lambs, rams, and goats; for these, they were your customers. 22 The traders of (AE)Sheba and Raamah, they traded with you; they paid for your wares with the best of all kinds of (AF)spices and with all kinds of precious stones and gold. 23 Haran, Canneh, (AG)Eden, the traders of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad traded with you. 24 They traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of [q]blue and embroidered work, and in carpets of many colors and tightly wound cords, which were among your merchandise. 25 The (AH)ships of Tarshish were [r]the carriers for your merchandise.

And you were filled and were very [s]glorious
In the heart of the seas.

26 “Your rowers have brought you
Into (AI)great waters;
The (AJ)east wind has broken you
In the heart of the seas.
27 Your wealth, your wares, your merchandise,
Your sailors and your pilots,
Your repairers of seams, your dealers in merchandise,
And all your men of war who are in you,
With all your assembly that is in your midst,
Will fall into the heart of the seas
On the day of your downfall.
28 At the sound of the cry of your pilots
The pasture lands will (AK)shake.
29 All who handle the oar,
The (AL)sailors and all the pilots of the sea,
Will come down from their ships;
They will stand on the land,
30 And they will (AM)make their voice heard over you
And will cry bitterly.
They will (AN)cast dust on their heads;
They will (AO)wallow in ashes.
31 Also they will make themselves (AP)bald for you
And (AQ)gird themselves with sackcloth;
And they will (AR)weep for you in bitterness of soul
With bitter mourning.
32 Moreover, in their wailing they will take up a (AS)lamentation for you
And lament over you:
‘Who is like Tyre,
Like her who is silent in the midst of the sea?
33 When your wares went out from the seas,
You satisfied a great number of peoples;
With the (AT)greatness of your wealth and your merchandise
You enriched the kings of earth.
34 [t]Now that you are (AU)broken by the seas
In the depths of the waters,
Your (AV)merchandise and all your assembly
Have fallen in the midst of you.
35 All the (AW)inhabitants of the coastlands
Are appalled at you,
And their kings are horribly horrified;
They are troubled in countenance.
36 The merchants among the peoples (AX)hiss at you;
You have become [u]terrified,
And you (AY)will cease to be forever.’”’”


  1. Ezekiel 27:3 Lit entrances
  2. Ezekiel 27:5 Lit built
  3. Ezekiel 27:6 Lit made
  4. Ezekiel 27:7 Lit spreading
  5. Ezekiel 27:7 Or banner
  6. Ezekiel 27:7 Lit covering
  7. Ezekiel 27:7 Or violet
  8. Ezekiel 27:8 Lit in you
  9. Ezekiel 27:11 Or valorous ones
  10. Ezekiel 27:15 Or market
  11. Ezekiel 27:16 Lit works
  12. Ezekiel 27:17 Heb pannag
  13. Ezekiel 27:18 Lit works
  14. Ezekiel 27:19 Or with yarn
  15. Ezekiel 27:19 Or calamus
  16. Ezekiel 27:21 Lit markets
  17. Ezekiel 27:24 Or violet
  18. Ezekiel 27:25 Lit your travelers
  19. Ezekiel 27:25 Lit honored
  20. Ezekiel 27:34 Lit The time
  21. Ezekiel 27:36 Lit terrors