Ezekiel 28:1-19 NIV

A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

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      2 "Son of man1, 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 throne2 of a god in the heart of the seas."3 But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.4

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      3 Are you wiser than Daniela ?5 Is no secret hidden from you?

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        • a 28:3 - Or "Danel "; the Hebrew spelling may suggest a person other than the prophet Daniel.
          4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.6

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          5 By your great skill in trading7 you have increased your wealth,8 and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.9

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          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;10 they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom11 and pierce your shining splendor.12

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          8 They will bring you down to the pit,13 and you will die a violent death14 in the heart of the seas.15

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          9 Will you then say, "I am a god," in the presence of those who kill you? You will be but a man, not a god,16 in the hands of those who slay you.17

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          10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised18 at the hands of foreigners. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "

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          11 The word of the LORD came to me:
          12 "Son of man, take up a lament19 concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.20

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          13 You were in Eden,21 the garden of God;22 every precious stone23 adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire,b turquoise24 and beryl.c Your settings and mountingsd were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.25

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            • b 28:13 - Or "lapis lazuli"
            • c 28:13 - The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.
            • d 28:13 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
              14 You were anointed26 as a guardian cherub,27 for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.

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              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,28 and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,29 from among the fiery stones.

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              17 Your heart became proud30 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.31

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              18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire32 come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes33 on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.34

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              19 All the nations who knew you are appalled35 at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.36' "

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