Therefore, behold, I will bring strangers (Babylonians) upon you, The most ruthless and violent of the nations. And they will draw their swords Against the beauty of your wisdom [O Tyre] And defile your splendor.
I will bring strangers to fight against you. They are most terrible among the nations! They will pull out their swords and use them against the beautiful things your wisdom brought you. They will ruin your glory.
·but [L therefore, look/behold] I will bring foreign people against you, the ·cruelest [most ruthless] nations. They will draw their swords ·and destroy all that your wisdom has built [L against your beauty and wisdom], and they will ·dishonor [defile] your ·greatness [splendor].
“‘Therefore, God, the Master, says: “‘Because you’re acting like a god, pretending to be a god, I’m giving fair warning: I’m bringing strangers down on you, the most vicious of all nations. They’ll pull their swords and make hash of your reputation for knowing it all. They’ll puncture the balloon of your god-pretensions. They’ll bring you down from your self-made pedestal and bury you in the deep blue sea. Will you protest to your assassins, “You can’t do that! I’m a god”? To them you’re a mere mortal. They’re killing a man, not a god. You’ll die like a stray dog, killed by strangers— Because I said so. Decree of God, the Master.’”
I am going to recruit outsiders—merciless nations—to take you down. They will draw their swords and cut you down to size, attacking the beautiful things your wisdom procured and destroying your splendor.
therefore lo! I shall bring on thee aliens, the strongest of heathen. And they shall make naked their swords on the fairness of thy wisdom, and they shall defoul thy fairness. (and so lo! I shall bring strangers, or foreigners, against thee, yea, the strongest of the heathen. And they shall make their swords naked against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy beauty.)
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