Ezekiel 27 NIV

A Lament for Tyre

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

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      2 "Son of man, take up a lament1 concerning Tyre.

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      3 Say to Tyre,2 situated at the gateway to the sea,3 merchant of peoples on many coasts, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'You say, O Tyre, "I am perfect in beauty.4"

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      4 Your domain was on the high seas; your builders brought your beauty to perfection.5

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      5 They made all your timbers of pine trees from Senira;6 they took a cedar from Lebanon7 to make a mast for you.

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        • a 27:5 - That is, Hermon
          6 Of oaks8 from Bashan they made your oars; of cypress woodb from the coasts of Cyprusc9 they made your deck, inlaid with ivory.

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            • b 27:6 - Targum; the Masoretic Text has a different division of the consonants.
            • c 27:6 - Hebrew "Kittim"
              7 Fine embroidered linen10 from Egypt was your sail and served as your banner; your awnings were of blue and purple11 from the coasts of Elishah.12

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              8 Men of Sidon and Arvad13 were your oarsmen; your skilled men, O Tyre, were aboard as your seamen.14

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              9 Veteran craftsmen of Gebald15 were on board as shipwrights to caulk your seams. All the ships of the sea16 and their sailors came alongside to trade for your wares.

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                • d 27:9 - That is, Byblos
                  10 " 'Men of Persia,17 Lydia18 and Put19 served as soldiers in your army. They hung their shields20 and helmets on your walls, bringing you splendor.

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                  11 Men of Arvad and Helech manned your walls on every side; men of Gammad were in your towers. They hung their shields around your walls; they brought your beauty to perfection.21

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                      12 " 'Tarshish22 did business with you because of your great wealth of goods;23 they exchanged silver, iron, tin and lead for your merchandise.

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                          13 " 'Greece,24 Tubal and Meshech25 traded with you; they exchanged slaves26 and articles of bronze for your wares.

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                          14 " 'Men of Beth Togarmah27 exchanged work horses, war horses and mules for your merchandise.

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                          15 " 'The men of Rhodese28 traded with you, and many coastlands29 were your customers; they paid you with ivory30 tusks and ebony.

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                            • e 27:15 - Septuagint; Hebrew "Dedan"
                              16 " 'Aramf31 did business with you because of your many products; they exchanged turquoise,32 purple fabric, embroidered work, fine linen,33 coral34 and rubies for your merchandise.

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                                • f 27:16 - Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac "Edom"
                                  17 " 'Judah and Israel traded with you; they exchanged wheat35 from Minnith36 and confections,g honey, oil and balm37 for your wares.38

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                                    • g 27:17 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
                                      18 " 'Damascus,39 because of your many products and great wealth of goods,40 did business with you in wine from Helbon and wool from Zahar.

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                                      19 " 'Danites and Greeks41 from Uzal42 bought your merchandise; they exchanged wrought iron, cassia43 and calamus for your wares.

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                                      20 " 'Dedan44 traded in saddle blankets with you.

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                                      21 " 'Arabia45 and all the princes of Kedar46 were your customers; they did business with you in lambs, rams and goats.

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                                      22 " 'The merchants of Sheba47 and Raamah traded with you; for your merchandise they exchanged the finest of all kinds of spices48 and precious stones, and gold.49

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                                      23 " 'Haran,50 Canneh and Eden51 and merchants of Sheba, Asshur52 and Kilmad traded with you.

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                                      24 In your marketplace they traded with you beautiful garments, blue fabric, embroidered work and multicolored rugs with cords twisted and tightly knotted.
                                      25 " 'The ships of Tarshish53 serve as carriers for your wares. You are filled with heavy cargo in the heart of the sea.54

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                                      26 Your oarsmen take you out to the high seas. But the east wind55 will break you to pieces in the heart of the sea.

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                                      27 Your wealth,56 merchandise and wares, your mariners, seamen and shipwrights, your merchants and all your soldiers, and everyone else on board will sink into the heart of the sea57 on the day of your shipwreck.

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                                      28 The shorelands will quake58 when your seamen cry out.

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                                      29 All who handle the oars will abandon their ships; the mariners and all the seamen will stand on the shore.
                                      30 They will raise their voice and cry bitterly over you; they will sprinkle dust59 on their heads and roll60 in ashes.61

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                                      31 They will shave their heads62 because of you and will put on sackcloth. They will weep63 over you with anguish of soul and with bitter mourning.64

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                                      32 As they wail and mourn over you, they will take up a lament65 concerning you: "Who was ever silenced like Tyre, surrounded by the sea?66"

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                                      33 When your merchandise went out on the seas,67 you satisfied many nations; with your great wealth68 and your wares you enriched the kings of the earth.

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                                          34 Now you are shattered by the sea in the depths of the waters; your wares and all your company have gone down with you.69

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                                          35 All who live in the coastlands70 are appalled71 at you; their kings shudder with horror and their faces are distorted with fear.72

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                                          36 The merchants among the nations hiss at you;73 you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.74' "

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