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Pride for Tyre

28 The word of Adonai came to me saying: “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, thus says Adonai Elohim:

‘So your heart is exalted
and you say, “I am a god!
I sit in the seat of the gods
in the heart of the seas!”
Yet you are human, not a god,
even if you set up your heart like the heart of a god.
See, you are wiser than Daniel!
No secret is hidden from you!
By your wisdom and by understanding
you have made wealth for yourself
and have gathered gold and silver
into your treasuries.
In your great skill, by your trade,
you have increased your wealth,
so your heart is exalted
by your wealth.’”
Therefore thus says Adonai Elohim:
“Because you have set up your heart
like the heart of God,
behold, I will bring strangers against you,
the ruthless of the nations.
They will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom.
They will defile your splendor.
They will bring you down to the Pit.
You will die the death of those slain
in the heart of the seas.
Will you still say, ‘I am a god’
before the one who slays you?
Yet you are man, and not a god,
in the hand of those who pierce you.
10 You will die the deaths of the uncircumcised
at the hand of strangers.
For I have spoken.”
It is a declaration of Adonai.

Lament for Tyre

11 The word of Adonai came to me saying: 12 “Son of man, lift up a lament for the king of Tyre. Say to him, thus says Adonai Elohim:

‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God.
Every precious stone was your covering
—ruby, topaz and diamond, beryl, onyx
and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald—
your settings and your sockets a workmanship of gold
—in the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cheruv.
I placed you on the holy mountain of God.
You walked among stones of fire.
15 You were perfect in your ways
from the day that you were created,
until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 By the abundance of your trade
they filled you within with violence.
So you have sinned.
So I threw you out as a profane thing
from the mountain of God.
I made you vanish, guardian cheruv,
from among the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was exalted because of your beauty.
You corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.
I threw you down to the earth.[a]
Before kings I set you up as a spectacle.

18 “‘By the multitude of your iniquities,
in the injustice of your trade,
you profaned your sanctuaries.
So I brought fire out from within you,
and it has consumed you.
I have turned you to ashes on the earth
in the eyes of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the people
will be appalled at you.
You have become a horror
and will be nothing forever.’”

20 The word of Adonai came to me saying: 21 “Son of man, set your face toward Sidon and prophesy against her. 22 Say, thus says Adonai Elohim:

‘Behold, I am against you, Zidon. I will be glorified in your midst. They will know that I am Adonai, when I execute judgments in her, and show my holiness through her. 23 I will send a plague to her and blood in her streets. The wounded will fall in her midst by the sword on every side. So they will know that I am Adonai.’

24 “Never again will there be a briar pricking at the house of Israel or a piercing thorn from any around them who scorn them. They will know that I am the Lord Adonai.”

25 Thus says Adonai Elohim: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered and show my holiness through them in the eyes of the nations, then they will live in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. 26 They will live safely there, and they will build houses and plant vineyards. They will live securely when I have executed judgments on all those around them that treated them with contempt. So they will know that I am Adonai their God.”


  1. Ezekiel 28:17 cf. Luke 10:18.