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Ezekiel 28:1-26

28  And Jehovah’s word came to me 2*  “Man, say to the warden of Tyre ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, Since your thoughts go high and you say “I am a divinity, I occupy a god’s station in the heart of the ocean,” when you are human and not divine but you feel as if you were a god; 3  wiser than Daniel you find yourself, nothing recondite is obscure to you, 4  by your wisdom and perspicacity you have got yourself wealth and got gold and silver in your treasuries; 5  by your great wisdom in trading you have made your wealth great, and your thoughts go high for your wealth, 6  —therefore the Lord Jehovah says, Since you feel as if you were a god, 7  therefore I am bringing against you strangers, the most arrogant among nations, and they shall bare their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and profane your brightness. 8  They will send you down to perdition, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the ocean. 9**  Will you say “I am a god” before him who is killing you? but you are human, and not divine, in the hands of those who are profaning you. 10  You shall die the death that uncircumcised men die by strangers’ hands; for I have spoken, quoth the Lord Jehovah.’” 11  And Jehovah’s word came to me, 12*  “Man, strike up a dirge over the king of Tyre and say to him ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, You are a ph[o]enix full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13*  You were in ‘Eden, God’s garden; your covering was every precious stone, sard, chrysolite, and chalcedony, yellow jasper, beryl, and green jasper, lapis lazuli, garnet, and rock crystal, and gold; upon you were your panelings and traceries, executed on the day you were created. 14*  I put you with the cherub of the area of the canopy; you were in God’s sacred mountain, you walked about in the midst of the glowing stones. 15*  You were safe and sound on your courses from the day you were created, until dishonesty was found in you; 16*  in the vastness of your trade your core was filled with foul play, and you sinned, and I found you unworthy to be on God’s mountain, and the cherub of the canopy destroyed you from the midst of the glowing stones. 17  Your heart went high for your beauty; you wasted your wisdom over your brightness; I have thrown you on the ground, put you before kings to be gloated over. 18  By the greatness of your guilt in the dishonesty of your trade you profaned your sacred place, and I brought out a fire from within you; that devoured you, and I made you ashes on the ground before the eyes of all that saw you. 19  All that had known you among the peoples stand aghast at you; you have become a wraith, and there is nothing of you forever.’” 20  And Jehovah’s word came to me 21  “Man, face toward Sidon and prophesy of it, 22  and say ‘Says the Lord Jehovah, Have at you, Sidon! I will earn glory within you! and they shall know that I am Jehovah when I execute judgments in her and vindicate my sanctity in her. 23  And I will let loose pestilence in her, and bloodshed in her streets, and men in death-agony shall fall within her by warfare against her on all sides; and they shall know that I am Jehovah. 24  And the house of Israel shall no longer have festering prickles and torturing thorns from all their neighborhood that were so spiteful against them; and they shall know that I am the Lord Jehovah. 25  “‘Says the Lord Jehovah, When I gather the house of Israel out of the peoples among whom they were scattered, and vindicate my sanctity in their case before the eyes of the nations, and they live on their soil that I gave to my servant Jacob, 26*  they shall live on it undisturbed, and build houses and plant vineyards and live undisturbed, when I execute judgments against all that were so spiteful against them in their neighborhood; and they shall know that I am their God Jehovah.’”


28:2 Lit. your heart goes high
28:9 Var. those who are killing you
28:9 Var.* of those who are piercing you
28:12 (ph[o]enix) Unc.; susp.; the bird meant may be some kind of pheasant
28:13 (panelings) Unc.
28:14 (area) Unc.
28:15 Or faultless in your courses
28:16 Or ousted you from
28:26 Lit. out of their neighborhood