Ezekiel 28:16

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.

Ezekiel 28:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
ESV
16 In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you,O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
NLT
16 Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire.
MSG
16 In much buying and selling you turned violent, you sinned! I threw you, disgraced, off the mountain of God. I threw you out - you, the anointed angel-cherub. No more strolling among the gems of fire for you!
CSB
16 Through the abundance of your trade, you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I expelled you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and banished you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.

Ezekiel 28:16 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 28:16

By the multitude of thy merchandise
With the several nations of the earth, who came to the markets and fairs of Tyre, and to whom she sent her goods: they have filled the midst of thee with violence;
or, as the Targum,

``thy treasures are filled with rapine;''
with ill gotten goods, as the pope's coffers are through his merchandise of the souls of men, and the great trade that is driven in pardons and indulgences: and thou hast sinned;
by this unjust and ungodly way of dealing: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God;
Mount Zion, the church of the living God, where he dwells, and is worshipped, and on which the Lamb stands with his hundred and forty and four thousand, having his name and his Father's on their foreheads, ( Revelation 14:1 ) , these will have no communion with the church and pope of Rome; will not receive his mark, nor worship his image; from this mountain, and the inhabitants of it, he stands excluded as a profane person, with whom they will have nothing to do; and hence he persecutes them to the utmost of his power: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the
stones of fire;
from among the people of God, who have the clear light of the Gospel, and a sincere love for Christ; these withdrew themselves from his jurisdiction and government; and with whom his name, power, and authority perish, especially when they shall have got the victory over him, ( Revelation 15:1 ) . Kimchi paraphrases it,
``from the midst of the saints who are the Israelites, comparable to stones of fire;''
and Jarchi's note is,
``that thou mayest not take a portion with the righteous;''
have no part, lot, or fellowship with them. The Targum is,
``I will destroy thee, O king that art anointed, because thou thoughtest to rule over the holy people.''

Ezekiel 28:16 In-Context

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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 6:11; Habakkuk 2:17
  • 2. S Genesis 3:24