Ezekiel 27:1-25 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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