271The LORD said to me, 2“Mortal man, sing a funeral song for Tyre, 3that city which stands at the edge of the sea and does business with the people living on every seacoast. Tell her what the Sovereign LORD is saying:
“Tyre, you boasted of your perfect beauty.
4Your home is the sea.
Your builders made you like a beautiful ship;
5They used fir trees from Mount Hermon for timber
And a cedar from Lebanon for your mast.
6They took oak trees from Bashan to make oars;
They made your deck out of pine from Cyprus
And inlaid it with ivory.
7Your sails were made of linen,
Embroidered linen from Egypt,
Easily recognized from afar.
Your awnings were made of finest cloth,
Of purple from the island of Cyprus.
8Your oarsmen were from the cities of Sidon and Arvad.
Your own skilful men were the sailors.
9The ship's carpenters
Were well-trained men from Byblos.
Sailors from every seagoing ship
Did business in your shops.
10“Soldiers from Persia, Lydia, and Libya served in your army. They hung their shields and their helmets in your barracks. They are the men who won glory for you. 11Soldiers from Arvad guarded your walls, and men from Gamad guarded your towers. They hung their shields on your walls. They are the men who made you beautiful.
12“You did business in Spain and took silver, iron, tin, and lead in payment for your abundant goods. 13You did business in Greece, Tubal, and Meshech and traded your goods for slaves and for articles of bronze. 14You sold your goods for draught horses, war horses, and mules from Beth Togarmah. 15The people of Rhodes27.15 One ancient translation Rhodes; Hebrew Dedan. traded with you; people of many coastal lands gave you ivory and ebony in exchange for your goods. 16The people of Syria bought your merchandise and your many products. They gave emeralds, purple cloth, embroidery, fine linen, coral, and rubies in payment for your wares. 17Judah and Israel paid for your goods with wheat,27.17 Hebrew has two additional words, the meaning of which is unclear. honey, olive oil, and spices. 18-19The people of Damascus bought your merchandise and your products, paying for them with wine from Helbon and wool from Sahar.27.18–19 Hebrew has three additional words, the meaning of which is unclear. They exchanged wrought iron and spices for your goods. 20The people of Dedan exchanged saddlecloths for your goods. 21The Arabians and the rulers of the land of Kedar paid for your merchandise with lambs, sheep, and goats. 22For your goods the merchants of Sheba and Raamah exchanged jewels, gold, and the finest spices. 23The cities of Haran, Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, the cities of Asshur and Chilmad — they all traded with you. 24They sold you luxurious clothing, purple cloth, and embroidery, brightly coloured carpets, and well-made cords and ropes. 25
Your merchandise was carried in fleets of the largest cargo ships.
“You were like a ship at sea
Loaded with heavy cargo.
26When your oarsmen brought you out to sea,
An east wind wrecked you far from land.
27All your wealth of merchandise,
All the sailors in your crew,
Your ship's carpenters and your merchants,
Every soldier on board the ship —
All, all were lost at sea
When your ship was wrecked.
28The shouts of the drowning sailors
Echoed on the shore.
29“Every ship is now deserted,
And every sailor has gone ashore.
30They all mourn bitterly for you,
Throwing dust on their heads and rolling in ashes.
31They shave their heads for you
And dress themselves in sackcloth.
Their hearts are bitter as they weep.
32They chant a funeral song for you:
‘Who can be compared to Tyre,
To Tyre now silent in the sea?
33When your merchandise went overseas,
You filled the needs of every nation.
Kings were made rich
By the wealth of your goods.
34Now you are wrecked in the sea;
You have sunk to the ocean depths.
Your goods and all who worked for you
Have vanished with you in the sea.’
35“Everyone who lives along the coast is shocked at your fate. Even their kings are terrified, and fear is written on their faces. 36You are gone, gone for ever, and merchants all over the world are terrified, afraid that they will share your fate.”
281The LORD spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “tell the ruler of Tyre what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying to him: puffed up with pride, you claim to be a god. You say that like a god you sit on a throne, surrounded by the seas. You may pretend to be a god, but, no, you are mortal, not divine. 3You think you are wiser than Danel,28.3 Danel: or Daniel (see 14.14). that no secret can be kept from you. 4Your wisdom and skill made you rich with treasures of gold and silver. 5You made clever business deals and kept on making profits. How proud you are of your wealth!
6“Now then, this is what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: because you think you are as wise as a god, 7I will bring ruthless enemies to attack you. They will destroy all the beautiful things you have acquired by your skill and wisdom. 8They will kill you and send you to a watery grave. 9When they come to kill you, will you still claim that you are a god? When you face your murderers, you will be mortal and not at all divine. 10You will die like a dog at the hand of godless foreigners. I, the Sovereign LORD, have given the command.”
11The LORD spoke to me again. 12“Mortal man,” he said, “grieve for the fate that is waiting for the king of Tyre. Tell him what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: you were once an example of perfection. How wise and handsome you were! 13You lived in Eden, the garden of God, and wore gems of every kind: rubies and diamonds; topaz, beryl, carnelian, and jasper; sapphires, emeralds, and garnets. You had ornaments of gold. They were made for you28.13 Probable text They were made for you; Hebrew unclear. on the day you were created. 14I put a terrifying angel there to guard you.28.14 One ancient translation I put… you; Hebrew unclear. You lived on my holy mountain and walked among sparkling gems. 15Your conduct was perfect from the day you were created until you began to do evil. 16You were busy buying and selling, and this led you to violence and sin. So I forced you to leave my holy mountain, and the angel who guarded you drove you away from the sparkling gems. 17You were proud of being handsome, and your fame made you act like a fool. Because of this I hurled you to the ground and left you as a warning to other kings. 18You did such evil in buying and selling that your places of worship were corrupted. So I set fire to the city and burnt it to the ground. All who look at you now see you reduced to ashes. 19You are gone, gone for ever, and all the nations that had come to know you are terrified, afraid that they will share your fate.”
The LORD said to me, 21“Mortal man, denounce the city of Sidon. 22Tell the people there what I, the Sovereign LORD, say about them: I am your enemy, Sidon; people will praise me because of what I do to you. They will know that I am the LORD, when I show how holy I am by punishing those who live in you. 23I will send diseases on you and make blood flow in your streets. You will be attacked from every side, and your people will be killed. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”
24The LORD said, “None of the surrounding nations that treated Israel with scorn will ever again be like thorns and briars to hurt Israel. And they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.”
25The Sovereign LORD said, “I will bring back the people of Israel from the nations where I scattered them, and all the nations will know that I am holy. The people of Israel will live in their own land, the land that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26They will live there in safety. They will build houses and plant vineyards. I will punish all their neighbours who treated them with scorn, and Israel will be secure. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.”
On the twelfth day of the tenth month of the tenth year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “denounce the king of Egypt. Tell him how he and all the land of Egypt will be punished. 3Say that this is what the Sovereign LORD is telling the king of Egypt: I am your enemy, you monster crocodile, lying in the river. You say that the Nile is yours and that you made it.29.3 Some ancient translations you made it; Hebrew you made yourself. 4I am going to put a hook through your jaw and make the fish in your river stick fast to you. Then I will pull you up out of the Nile, with all the fish sticking to you. 5I will throw you and all those fish into the desert. Your body will fall on the ground and be left unburied. I will give it to the birds and animals for food. 6
Then all the people of Egypt will know that I am the LORD.”
The LORD says, “The Israelites relied on you Egyptians for support, but you were no better than a weak stick. 7When they leaned on you, you broke, pierced their armpits, and made them wrench their backs.29.7 One ancient translation wrench their backs; Hebrew make their backs stand. 8Now then, I, the Sovereign LORD, am telling you that I will get troops to attack you with swords, and they will kill your people and your animals. 9Egypt will become an empty waste. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
“Because you said that the Nile is yours and you made it, 10I am your enemy and the enemy of your Nile. I will make all of Egypt an empty waste, from the city of Migdol in the north to the city of Aswan in the south, all the way to the Ethiopian29.10 Ethiopian: See Word List. border. 11No human being or animal will walk through it. For forty years nothing will live there. 12I will make Egypt the most desolate country in the world. For forty years the cities of Egypt will lie in ruins, ruins worse than those of any other city. I will make the Egyptians refugees. They will flee to every country and live among other peoples.”
13The Sovereign LORD says, “After forty years I will bring the Egyptians back from the nations where I have scattered them, 14and I will let them live in southern Egypt, their original home. There they will be a weak kingdom, 15the weakest kingdom of all, and they will never again rule over other nations. I will make them so unimportant that they will not be able to bend any other nation to their will. 16Israel will never again depend on them for help. Egypt's fate will remind Israel how wrong it was to rely on them. Then Israel will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.”
17On the first day of the first month of the 27th year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 18“Mortal man,” he said, “King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia launched an attack on Tyre. He made his soldiers carry such heavy loads that their heads were rubbed bald and their shoulders were worn raw, but neither the king nor his army got anything for all their trouble. 19So now this is what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: I am giving the land of Egypt to King Nebuchadnezzar. He will loot and plunder it and carry off all the wealth of Egypt as his army's pay. 20I am giving him Egypt in payment for his services, because his army was working for me. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken.
21“When that happens, I will make the people of Israel strong and let you, Ezekiel, speak out where everyone can hear you, so that they will know that I am the LORD.”