Prophecy Against the King of Tyre
1The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 2“Human, say to the ruler of Tyre: ‘This is what the Lord God says:
Because you are proud,
you say, “I am a god.
I sit on the throne of a god
in the middle of the seas.”
You think you are as wise as a god,
but you are a human, not a god.
3You think you are wiser than Daniel.
You think you can find out all secrets.
4Through your wisdom and understanding
you have made yourself rich.
You have gained gold and silver
and have saved it in your storerooms.
5Through your great skill in trading,
you have made your riches grow.
You are too proud
because of your riches.
6“ ‘So this is what the Lord God says:
You think you are wise
like a god,
7but I will bring foreign people against you,
the cruelest nation.
They will pull out their swords
and destroy all that your wisdom has built,
and they will dishonor your greatness.
8They will kill you;
you will die a terrible death
like those who are killed at sea.
9While they are killing you,
you will not be able to say anymore, “I am a god.”
You will be only a human, not a god,
when your murderers kill you.
10You will die like an unclean person;
foreigners will kill you.
I have spoken, says the Lord God.’ ”
11The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 12“Human, sing a funeral song for the king of Tyre. Say to him: ‘This is what the Lord God says:
You were an example of what was perfect,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13You had a wonderful life,
as if you were in Eden, the garden of God.
Every valuable gem was on you:
ruby, topaz, and emerald,
yellow quartz, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, turquoise, and chrysolite.
Your jewelry was made of gold.
It was prepared on the day you were created.
14I appointed a living creature to guard you.
I put you on the holy mountain of God.
You walked among the gems that shined like fire.
15Your life was right and good
from the day you were created,
until evil was found in you.
16Because you traded with countries far away,
you learned to be cruel, and you sinned.
So I threw you down in disgrace from the mountain of God.
And the living creature who guarded you
forced you out from among the gems that shined like fire.
17You became too proud
because of your beauty.
You ruined your wisdom
because of your greatness.
I threw you down to the ground.
Your example taught a lesson to other kings.
18You dishonored your places of worship
through your many sins and dishonest trade.
So I set on fire the place where you lived,
and the fire burned you up.
I turned you into ashes on the ground
for all those watching to see.
19All the nations who knew you
are shocked about you.
Your punishment was so terrible,
and you are gone forever.’ ”
Prophecy Against Sidon
20The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 21“Human, look toward the city of Sidon and prophesy against her. 22Say: ‘This is what the Lord God says:
I am against you, Sidon,
and I will show my glory among you.
People will know that I am the Lord
when I have punished Sidon;
I will show my holiness by defeating her.
23I will send diseases to Sidon,
and blood will flow in her streets.
Those who are wounded in Sidon will fall dead,
attacked from all sides.
Then they will know that I am the Lord.
God Will Help Israel
24“ ‘No more will neighboring nations be like thorny branches or sharp stickers to hurt Israel. Then they will know that I am the Lord God.
25“ ‘This is what the Lord God says: I will gather the people of Israel from the nations where they are scattered. I will show my holiness when the nations see what I do for my people. Then they will live in their own land—the land I gave to my servant Jacob. 26They will live safely in the land and will build houses and plant vineyards. They will live in safety after I have punished all the nations around who hate them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’ ”
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