Bible: Ezek. 27-30
A Lament for Tyre
27:1 The word of the
“‘O Tyre, you have said, “I am perfectly beautiful.”27:4 4
Your borders are in the heart of the seas;
your builders have perfected your beauty.
they took a cedar from Lebanon to make your mast.
27:6 They made your oars from oaks of Bashan;
27:7 Fine linen from Egypt, woven with patterns, was used for your sail
to serve as your banner;
blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah 10 was used for your deck’s awning.
your skilled 14 men, O Tyre, were your captains.
all the ships of the sea and their mariners were within you to trade for your merchandise. 17
27:10 Men of Persia, Lud, 18 and Put were in your army, men of war.
They hung shield and helmet on you; they gave you your splendor.
27:11 The Arvadites 19 joined your army on your walls all around,
and the Gammadites 20 were in your towers.
They hung their quivers 21 on your walls all around;
they perfected your beauty.
27:12 “‘Tarshish 22 was your trade partner because of your abundant wealth; they exchanged silver, iron, tin, and lead for your products. 27:13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your clients; they exchanged slaves and bronze items for your merchandise. 27:14 Beth Togarmah exchanged horses, chargers, 23 and mules for your products. 27:15 The Dedanites 24 were your clients. Many coastlands were your customers; they paid 25 you with ivory tusks and ebony. 27:16 Edom 26 was your trade partner because of the abundance of your goods; they exchanged turquoise, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and rubies for your products. 27:17 Judah and the land of Israel were your clients; they traded wheat from Minnith, 27 millet, honey, olive oil, and balm for your merchandise. 27:18 Damascus was your trade partner because of the abundance of your goods and of all your wealth: wine from Helbon, white wool from Zahar, 27:19 and casks of wine 28 from Izal 29 they exchanged for your products. Wrought iron, cassia, and sweet cane were among your merchandise. 27:20 Dedan was your client in saddlecloths for riding. 27:21 Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your trade partners; for lambs, rams, and goats they traded with you. 27:22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah engaged in trade with you; they traded the best kinds of spices along with precious stones and gold for your products. 27:23 Haran, Kanneh, Eden, merchants from Sheba, Asshur, and Kilmad were your clients. 27:24 They traded with you choice garments, purple clothes and embroidered work, and multicolored carpets, bound and reinforced with cords; these were among your merchandise. 27:25 The ships of Tarshish 30 were the transports for your merchandise.
“‘So you were filled and weighed down in the heart of the seas.
27:26 Your rowers have brought you into surging waters.
The east wind has wrecked you in the heart of the seas.
27:27 Your wealth, products, and merchandise, your sailors and captains,
your ship’s carpenters, 31 your merchants,
and all your fighting men within you,
along with all your crew who are in you,
will fall into the heart of the seas on the day of your downfall.
27:28 At the sound of your captains’ cry the waves will surge; 32
27:29 They will descend from their ships – all who handle the oar,
the sailors and all the sea captains – they will stand on the land.
27:30 They will lament loudly 33 over you and cry bitterly.
They will throw dust on their heads and roll in the ashes; 34
27:31 they will tear out their hair because of you and put on sackcloth,
and they will weep bitterly over you with intense mourning. 35
27:32 As they wail they will lament over you, chanting:
“Who was like Tyre, like a tower 36 in the midst of the sea?”
27:33 When your products went out from the seas,
you satisfied many peoples;
with the abundance of your wealth and merchandise
you enriched the kings of the earth.
27:34 Now you are wrecked by the seas, in the depths of the waters;
27:35 All the inhabitants of the coastlands are shocked at you,
and their kings are horribly afraid – their faces are troubled.
27:36 The traders among the peoples hiss at you;
you have become a horror, and will be no more.’”
A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre
28:1 The word of the
I sit in the seat of gods, in the heart of the seas” –
yet you are a man and not a god,
though you think you are godlike. 42
28:3 Look, you are wiser than Daniel; 43
no secret is hidden from you. 44
28:4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself;
you have amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.
28:5 By your great skill 45 in trade you have increased your wealth,
and your heart is proud because of your wealth.
28:6 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign
Because you think you are godlike, 46
28:7 I am about to bring foreigners 47 against you, the most terrifying of nations.
They will draw their swords against the grandeur made by your wisdom, 48
and they will defile your splendor.
28:8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die violently 49 in the heart of the seas.
28:9 Will you still say, “I am a god,” before the one who kills you –
though you are a man and not a god –
when you are in the power of those who wound you?
28:10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised 50 by the hand of foreigners;
for I have spoken, declares the sovereign
28:11 The word of the
“‘You were the sealer 52 of perfection,
full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
28:13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. 53
Every precious stone was your covering,
the ruby, topaz, and emerald,
the chrysolite, onyx, and jasper,
the sapphire, turquoise, and beryl; 54
your settings and mounts were made of gold.
On the day you were created they were prepared.
you were on the holy mountain of God;
you walked about amidst fiery stones.
28:15 You were blameless in your behavior 58 from the day you were created,
until sin was discovered in you.
28:16 In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, 59 and you sinned;
so I defiled you and banished you 60 from the mountain of God –
the guardian cherub expelled you 61 from the midst of the stones of fire.
28:17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor.
I threw you down to the ground;
I placed you before kings, that they might see you.
28:18 By the multitude of your iniquities, through the sinfulness of your trade,
you desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I drew fire out from within you;
it consumed you,
and I turned you to ashes on the earth
before the eyes of all who saw you.
28:19 All who know you among the peoples are shocked at you;
you have become terrified and will be no more.’”
A Prophecy Against Sidon
“‘Look, I am against you, 64 Sidon,
and I will magnify myself in your midst.
Then they will know that I am the
when I execute judgments on her
and reveal my sovereign power 65 in her.
28:23 I will send a plague into the city 66 and bloodshed into its streets;
the slain will fall within it, by the sword that attacks it 67 from every side.
Then they will know that I am the
28:25 “‘This is what the sovereign
A Prophecy Against Egypt
29:1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, 72 the word of the
“‘Look, I am against 74 you, Pharaoh king of Egypt,
the great monster 75 lying in the midst of its waterways,
who has said, “My Nile is my own, I made it for myself.” 76
29:4 I will put hooks in your jaws
and stick the fish of your waterways to your scales.
I will haul you up from the midst of your waterways,
and all the fish of your waterways will stick to your scales.
29:5 I will leave you in the wilderness,
you and all the fish of your waterways;
you will fall in the open field and will not be gathered up or collected. 77
I have given you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the skies.
29:6 Then all those living in Egypt will know that I am the
because they were a reed staff 78 for the house of Israel;
and when they leaned on you, you splintered and caused their legs to be unsteady. 81
29:8 “‘Therefore, this is what the sovereign
Because he said, “The Nile is mine and I made it,” 29:10 I am against 83 you and your waterways. I will turn the land of Egypt into an utter desolate ruin from Migdol 84 to Syene, 85 as far as the border with Ethiopia. 29:11 No human foot will pass through it, and no animal’s foot will pass through it; it will be uninhabited for forty years. 29:12 I will turn the land of Egypt into a desolation in the midst of desolate lands; for forty years her cities will lie desolate in the midst of ruined cities. I will scatter Egypt among the nations and disperse them among foreign countries.
29:13 “‘For this is what the sovereign
29:17 In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, 89 the word of the
A Lament Over Egypt
30:1 The word of the
“‘Wail, “Alas, the day is here!” 95
30:3 For the day is near,
the day of the
it will be a day of storm clouds, 96
it will be a time of judgment 97 for the nations.
30:4 A sword will come against Egypt
and panic will overtake Ethiopia
when the slain fall in Egypt
and they carry away her wealth
and dismantle her foundations.
30:6 “‘This is what the
Egypt’s supporters will fall;
her confident pride will crumble. 101
From Migdol to Syene 102 they will die by the sword within her,
declares the sovereign
30:7 They will be desolate among desolate lands,
and their cities will be among ruined cities.
30:8 They will know that I am the
when I ignite a fire in Egypt
and all her allies are defeated. 103
30:9 On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten overly confident Ethiopia; panic will overtake them on the day of Egypt’s doom; 104 for beware – it is coming!
30:10 “‘This is what the sovereign
I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt,
by the hand of King Nebuchadrezzar 105 of Babylon.
30:11 He and his people with him,
the most terrifying of the nations, 106
will be brought there to destroy the land.
They will draw their swords against Egypt,
and fill the land with corpses.
30:12 I will dry up the waterways
and hand the land over to 107 evil men.
I will make the land and everything in it desolate by the hand of foreigners.
30:13 “‘This is what the sovereign
I will destroy the idols,
and put an end to the gods of Memphis.
There will no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt;
so I will make the land of Egypt fearful. 108
30:14 I will desolate Pathros,
I will ignite a fire in Zoan,
and I will execute judgments on Thebes.
30:15 I will pour out my anger upon Pelusium, 109
the stronghold of Egypt;
I will cut off 110 the hordes of Thebes.
30:16 I will ignite a fire in Egypt;
Syene 111 will writhe in agony,
Thebes will be broken down,
and Memphis will face enemies every day.
30:17 The young men of On and of Pi-beseth 112 will die by the sword;
and the cities will go 113 into captivity.
30:18 In Tahpanhes the day will be dark 114
when I break the yoke of Egypt there.
Her confident pride will cease within her;
a cloud will cover her, and her daughters will go into captivity.
30:19 I will execute judgments on Egypt.
Then they will know that I am the
30:20 In the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, 115 the word of the