Ezequiel 28

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

2 "Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart ¶ you say, "I am a god; ¶ I sit on the throne of a god ¶ in the heart of the seas." ¶ But you are a mere mortal and not a god, ¶ though you think you are as wise as a god.

3 Are you wiser than Daniel [^1] ? Is no secret hidden from you?

4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself ¶ and amassed gold and silver ¶ in your treasuries.

5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, ¶ and because of your wealth ¶ your heart has grown proud.

6 "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ¶ "'Because you think you are wise, ¶ as wise as a god,

7 I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; ¶ they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom ¶ and pierce your shining splendor.

8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death ¶ in the heart of the seas.

9 Will you then say, "I am a god," in the presence of those who kill you? ¶ You will be but a mortal, not a god, ¶ in the hands of those who slay you.

10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners. ¶ I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"

11 The word of the LORD came to me:

12 "Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'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 adorned you: ¶ carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, ¶ topaz, onyx and jasper, ¶ lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. [^2] Your settings and mountings [^3] were made of gold; ¶ on the day you were created they were prepared.

14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. ¶ You were on the holy mount of God; ¶ you walked among the fiery stones.

15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created ¶ till wickedness was found in you.

16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, ¶ and you sinned. ¶ So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, ¶ and I expelled you, guardian cherub, ¶ from among the fiery stones.

17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, ¶ and you corrupted your wisdom ¶ because of your splendor. ¶ So I threw you to the earth; ¶ I made a spectacle of you before kings.

18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. ¶ So I made a fire come out from you, ¶ and it consumed you, ¶ and I reduced you to ashes on the ground ¶ in the sight of all who were watching.

19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; ¶ you have come to a horrible end ¶ and will be no more.'"

20 The word of the LORD came to me:

21 "Son of man, set your face against Sidon; prophesy against her

22 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'I am against you, Sidon, ¶ and among you I will display my glory. ¶ You will know that I am the LORD, ¶ when I inflict punishment on you ¶ and within you am proved to be holy.

23 I will send a plague upon you and make blood flow in your streets. ¶ The slain will fall within you, ¶ with the sword against you on every side. ¶ Then you will know that I am the LORD.

24 "'No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.

25 "'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob.

26 They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.'"

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