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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 28

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1This word of the LORD came to me: 2‘O man, say to the ruler of Tyre: This is what the Lord GOD says:

In your arrogance you say, “I am a god; I sit enthroned like a god on the high seas.” Though you are a man and no god, you give yourself godlike airs. 3What, are you wiser than Daniel? Is no secret beyond your grasp? 4By your skill and shrewdness you have amassed wealth, gold and silver in your treasuries. 5By great skill in commerce you have heaped up riches, and with your riches your arrogance has grown.

6‘The Lord GOD says:

Because you give yourself godlike airs, 7I am about to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your fine wisdom and defile your splendour; 8they will thrust you down to destruction, to a violent death on the high seas. 9When you face your attackers, will you still say, “I am a god”? You are a man and no god in the hands of those who lay you low. 10You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners.

‘I have spoken. This is the word of the Lord GOD.’

11 THIS word of the LORD came to me: 12‘O man, raise this dirge over the king of Tyre, and say to him: This is what the Lord GOD says:

You set the seal on perfection; you were full of wisdom and flawless in beauty. 13In an Eden, a garden of God, you dwelt, adorned with gems of every kind: sardin and chrysolite and jade, topaz, cornelian, and green jasper, sapphire, purple garnet, and green feldspar. Your jingling beads were of gold, and the spangles you wore were made for you on the day of your birth. 14I appointed a towering cherub as your guardian; you were on God's holy mountain and you walked proudly among stones of fire. 15You were blameless in your ways from the day of your birth until iniquity came to light in you. 16Your commerce grew so great that lawlessness filled your heart and led to wrongdoing. I brought you down in disgrace from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub banished you from among the stones that flashed like fire. 17Your beauty made you arrogant; you debased your wisdom to enhance your splendour. I flung you to the ground, I left you exposed to the gaze of kings. 18So great was the sin in your dishonest trading that you desecrated your sanctuaries. I kindled a fire within you, and it devoured you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground for everyone to see. 19Among the nations all who knew you were aghast: destruction has come on you, and you will be no more.’

20This word of the LORD came to me: 21‘O man, face towards Sidon and prophesy against her. 22The Lord GOD says:

Sidon, I am against you and I shall show my glory in your midst.

‘People will know that I am the LORD when I execute judgement on her and show my holiness in her. 23I shall let loose pestilence on her and bloodshed in her streets; beset on all sides by the sword the slain will fall within her walls. Then people will know that I am the LORD.

24‘No longer will the Israelites suffer from the scorn of their neighbours, the pricking of briars and scratching of thorns, and they will know that I am the Lord GOD.

25‘The Lord GOD says: When I gather the Israelites from the peoples among whom they are dispersed, I shall show my holiness in them for all the nations to see. They will live on their own soil, which I gave to my servant Jacob. 26They will live there undisturbed, build houses, and plant vineyards. When I execute judgement on all their scornful neighbours, they will live undisturbed. Thus they will know that I am the LORD their God.’

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