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Ezekiel 28 Modern English Version (MEV)

A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

28 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying: Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God:

Because your heart is lifted up,
    and you have said, “I am a god;
I sit in the seat of gods
    in the midst of the seas,”
yet you are a man, and not God,
    though you set your heart as the heart of God.
You are wiser than Daniel;
    there is no secret that is a match for you.
With your wisdom and with your understanding,
    you have obtained riches for yourself,
and have obtained gold and silver
    into your treasuries;
by your great wisdom, by your trade,
    you have increased your riches,
and your heart is lifted up
    because of your riches.

Therefore thus says the Lord God:

Because you have set your heart
    as the heart of God,
therefore, I will bring strangers upon you,
    the most cruel of the nations;
and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom,
    and defile your brightness.
They shall bring you down to the pit,
    and you shall die the death of those who are slain
    in the midst of the seas.
Will you yet say before him who slays you,
    “I am a god,”
although you are a man and not God,
    in the hands of those who wound you?
10 You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
    by the hand of strangers;
    for I have spoken! says the Lord God.

A Lament for the King of Tyre

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:

You had the seal of perfection,
    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
    the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering:
    the sardius, topaz, and the diamond,
    the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper,
    the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold.
The workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you;
    on the day that you were created, they were prepared.
14 You were the anointed cherub that covers,
    and I set you there;
you were upon the holy mountain of God;
    you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 You were perfect in your ways
    from the day that you were created,
    until iniquity was found in you.
16 By the multitude of your merchandise,
    you were filled with violence in your midst,
    and you sinned;
therefore I have cast you as profane out of the mountain of God;
    and I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
    from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was lifted up
    because of your beauty;
you have corrupted your wisdom
    by reason of your brightness;
I cast you to the ground,
    I lay you before kings, that they may see you.
18 You have defiled your sanctuaries
    by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade;
therefore I have brought fire out from your midst;
    it has devoured you,
and I have turned you to ashes upon the earth
    in the sight of all those who see you.
19 All those who know you among the people
    are astonished at you;
you are a terror,
    and you shall cease to be forever.

A Prophecy Against Sidon

20 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 21 Son of man, set your face toward Sidon and prophesy against her 22 and say, Thus says the Lord God:

I am against you, O Sidon;
    and I will be glorified in your midst;
and they shall know that I am the Lord,
    when I execute judgments in her
    and display My holiness in her.
23 For I will send pestilence into her,
    and blood into her streets;
and the wounded shall fall in her midst
    by the sword upon her on every side;
and they shall know that I am the Lord.

24 There shall be no more a pricking brier to the house of Israel, nor any painful thorn among all who are around them, who despised them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.

The Future Blessing for Israel

25 Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered and display My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their land that I have given to My servant Jacob. 26 They shall dwell safely in it and shall build houses and plant vineyards and dwell securely when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Ezekiel 28 New International Version (NIV)

A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

28 The word of the Lord came to me: “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.
Are you wiser than Daniel[a]?
    Is no secret hidden from you?
By your wisdom and understanding
    you have gained wealth for yourself
and amassed gold and silver
    in your treasuries.
By your great skill in trading
    you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
    your heart has grown proud.

“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Because you think you are wise,
    as wise as a god,
I am going to bring foreigners against you,
    the most ruthless of nations;
they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom
    and pierce your shining splendor.
They will bring you down to the pit,
    and you will die a violent death
    in the heart of the seas.
Will you then say, “I am a god,”
    in the presence of those who kill you?
You will be but a mortal, not a god,
    in the hands of those who slay you.
10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised
    at the hands of foreigners.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘You were the seal of perfection,
    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
    the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
    carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
    topaz, onyx and jasper,
    lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.[b]
Your settings and mountings[c] were made of gold;
    on the day you were created they were prepared.
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.
19 All the nations who knew you
    are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
    and will be no more.’”

A Prophecy Against Sidon

20 The word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, set your face against Sidon; prophesy against her 22 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I am against you, Sidon,
    and among you I will display my glory.
You will know that I am the Lord,
    when I inflict punishment on you
    and within you am proved to be holy.
23 I will send a plague upon you
    and make blood flow in your streets.
The slain will fall within you,
    with the sword against you on every side.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.

24 “‘No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.

25 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’”

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 28:3 Or Danel, a man of renown in ancient literature
  2. Ezekiel 28:13 The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.
  3. Ezekiel 28:13 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
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