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Ezekiel 26:1-21

26***  And in the year eleven, in the first month, on the first of the month, Jehovah’s word came to me 2*  “Man, since Tyre has said of Jerusalem Ah there, the doors to the peoples are broken; it has come round to me; I shall be filled out of the devastation,’ 3*  therefore the Lord Jehovah says Have at you, Tyre! I will raise great nations against you as I would raise the sea in its waves, 4  and they shall wreck the walls of Tyre and demolish its towers; and I will scour off its soil and make it a bare rock; 5  it shall be a drying-ground for nets in the middle of the sea. For I have spoken, quoth the Lord Jehovah, and it shall become plunder for the nations. 6*  And its dependencies on the land shall be laid waste by the sword; and they shall learn that I am Jehovah.’ 7*  “For the Lord Jehovah says, Here I am bringing to Tyre King Nebucadressar of Babylon from the north, a king of kings, with ponies and chariots and cavalry and a great assemblage of peoples, 8  and he shall lay waste with the sword your dependencies on the land and put up a wall of investment against you and throw up a ramp against you and set up a sapper’s shield against you 9*  and put his siege-front to your walls and pull down your towers with his tools. 10  From the storming of his ponies their dust shall cover you; at the sound of horse and wheel and chariot your walls shall shake, when he comes in by your gates as if through the entries to a breached city. 11  With the hoofs of his ponies he shall trample all your streets; he shall kill your people with the sword, and the obelisks of your might shall come down to the earth. 12***  And they shall make booty of your wealth and plunder your stock in trade, and demolish your walls and pull down your delightful houses and send the stones of you and the wood of you and the clay of you under water. 13  And I will put a stop to the uproar of your songs, and the sound of your lyres shall not be heard anymore; 14  and I will make you a bare rock, you shall be a drying-ground for nets; you shall never be rebuilt, because I have spoken, quoth the Lord Jehovah. 15*  “Says the Lord Jehovah to Tyre, At the sound of your fall when mortally wounded men are groaning, when swords are killing in your midst, will not the foreign coasts shake and all the princes of the sea 16*  come down off their thrones and lay aside their robes and strip off their embroidered garments and put on black, sit on the earth and be in panic moment by moment and aghast over you, 17*  and strike up a dirge over you and say to you How you are undone, suppressed from the seas, city renowned in song, That had been strong by the sea, you and your inhabitants Who threw the fright of them over all that live on it! 18*  Now the isles will be in a panic on the day of your fall. 19*  For the Lord Jehovah says, When I make you a waste site like the uninhabited cities, when I bring up the deep upon you and the great water covers you, 20  I will send you down with those who go down to the Pit, among a most ancient people, and lodge you in a subterranean country like the states that are extinct since ancient times, with those who are down in the Pit, so that you shall be uninhabited and not stand fast in the land of living men. 21  I will make a phantom of you, and you shall not be there; they shall look for and you shall not be found again to the end of time, quoth the Lord Jehovah.”


26:1 Var. eleven, on the first of
26:1 Conj. year thirty
26:1 Conj. eleventh month
26:2 Lit. out of the place laid waste
26:3 Or as the sea rises in
26:6 Lit. her daughters in the countryside shall be killed (In the Hebrew language a city is regularly feminine)
26:7 Lit. an assemblage of numerous peoples Susp.
26:9 (siege-front) Unc.
26:12 Var. he shall
26:12 Lit. and put the stones of you and the wood of you and the clay of you in the midst of water
26:12 (water) Var. your sea
26:15 Var. when slaughter is being made in your midst
26:16 Codd. put on panic, sit on the earth and be in panic
26:17 Or strong in the sea
26:18 Var. adds And the islands in the sea will be in consternation at your exit.
26:19 Lit. When I make you a city laid waste like