Ezekiel 28:3

3 Are you wiser than Daniel[a] ? Is no secret hidden from you?

Ezekiel 28:3 in Other Translations

3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
3 you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you;
3 You regard yourself as wiser than Daniel and think no secret is hidden from you.
3 Look, you think you're smarter than Daniel. No enigmas can stump you.
3 Yes, you are wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you!

Ezekiel 28:3 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 28:3

Behold; thou art wiser than Daniel
That is, in his own opinion; or it is ironically said. The Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it by way of interrogation, "art thou not wiser than Daniel?" who was now at the court of Babylon, and was famous throughout all Chaldea for his knowledge in politics, his wisdom and prudence in government, as well as his skill in interpreting dreams. The Jews have a saying, that

``if all the wise men of the nations were in one scale, and Daniel in the other, he would weigh them all down.''
And perhaps the fame of him had reached the king of Tyre, and yet he thought himself wiser than he; see ( Zechariah 9:2 ) , antichrist thinks himself wiser than Daniel, or any of the prophets and apostles; he is wise above that which is written, and takes upon him the sole interpretation of the Scriptures, and to fix the sense of them: there is no secret that they can hide from thee;
as he fancied; he had sagacity to penetrate into the councils of neighbouring princes, and discover all plots and intrigues against him; he understood all the "arcana" and secrets of government, and could counterwork the designs of his enemies. Antichrist pretends to know all mysteries, and solve all difficulties, and pass an infallible judgment on things; as if he was of the privy council of heaven, and nothing was transacted there but he was acquainted with it, and had full knowledge of the mind of God in all things.

Ezekiel 28:3 In-Context

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, 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 throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
3 Are you wiser than Daniel ? Is no secret hidden from you?
4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.
5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Ezekiel 14:14; Daniel 1:20; Daniel 2:20-23,28; Daniel 5:11-12

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "Danel" , a man of renown in ancient literature
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