Ezekiel 27:4

4 You ruled the high seas from a real beauty, crafted to perfection.

Ezekiel 27:4 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 27:4

Thy borders are in the midst of the seas,
Fixed by the Lord himself, and which could never be removed. Tyre stood about half a mile from the continent, surrounded with the waters of the sea, till it was made a peninsula by Alexander: thy builders have perfected thy beauty.
The Sidonians were the first builders of the city, as Justin F17 says; who began and carried on the building of it to the utmost of their knowledge and skill; and which was afterwards perfected by other builders, who made it the most beautiful city in all those parts; unless this is to be understood of her shipbuilders, who brought the art of building ships in her to such a perfection, as made her famous throughout the world; since they are immediately spoken of without any other antecedent.


F17 Ex Trago, l. 18. c. 3.

Ezekiel 27:4 In-Context

2 "You, son of man, raise a funeral song over Tyre.
3 Tell Tyre, gateway to the sea, merchant to the world, trader among the far-off islands, 'This is what God, the Master, says: "'You boast, Tyre: "I'm the perfect ship - stately, handsome."
4 You ruled the high seas from a real beauty, crafted to perfection.
5 Your planking came from Mount Hermon junipers. A Lebanon cedar supplied your mast.
6 They made your oars from sturdy Bashan oaks. Cypress from Cyprus inlaid with ivory was used for the decks.
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