Ezekiel begins a long prophecy against the city of Tyre to the north of Israel. In this chapter, he prophecies the destruction of Tyre.
In the eleventh year. The eleventh year of Jehoiakim’s exile was the year 587-586 BC.
VERSE 2. “Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken! She who was the gateway of the peoples has been returned to me. I will be replenished, now that she is laid waste;’
VERSE 3. therefore the Lord GOD says, ‘Behold, I am against you, Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up.
as the sea causes its waves to come up. This punishment fit Tyre’s crimes. The pride of Tyre was in their seagoing prowess.
VERSE 4. They will destroy the walls of Tyre, and break down her towers. I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her a bare rock.
VERSE 5. She will be a place for the spreading of nets in the middle of the sea; for I have spoken it,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘She will become plunder for the nations.
VERSE 6. Her daughters who are in the field will be slain with the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’
VERSE 7. “For the Lord GOD says: ‘Behold, I will bring on Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, from the north, with horses, with chariots, with horsemen, and an army with many people.
I will bring … Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Tyre’s gloating over Jerusalem’s fall would be short-lived. The king who destroyed Jerusalem would also attack Tyre.hariots, with horsemen, and an army with many people.
After defeating Jerusalem, king Nebuchadnezzar moved his army north to Tyre in 585 BC. He besieged the city for 13 years until it was destroyed.
VERSE 8. He will kill your daughters in the field with the sword. He will make forts against you, cast up a mound against you, and raise up the buckler against you.
VERSE 9. He will set his battering engines against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers.
VERSE 10. By reason of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you. Your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, of the wagons, and of the chariots, when he enters into your gates, as men enter into a city which is broken open.
VERSE 11. He will tread down all your streets with the hoofs of his horses. He will kill your people with the sword. The pillars of your strength will go down to the ground.
VERSE 12. They will make a plunder of your riches, and make a prey of your merchandise. They will break down your walls, and destroy your pleasant houses. They will lay your stones, your timber, and your dust in the middle of the waters.
They. Ezekiel switches from “he” to “they.”
VERSE 13. I will cause the noise of your songs to cease. The sound of your harps won’t be heard any more.
the noise of your songs. The LORD God was annoyed by their liturgical songs.
VERSE 14. I will make you a bare rock. You will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more; for I the LORD have spoken it,’ says the Lord GOD.
You will be built no more. The final destruction of Tyre would be complete, for Ezekiel predicted the city will never be rebuilt.
VERSE 15. “The Lord GOD says to Tyre: ‘Won’t the islands shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan, when the slaughter is made within you?
VERSE 16. Then all the princes of the sea will come down from their thrones, and lay aside their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling. They will sit on the ground, and will tremble every moment, and be astonished at you.
VERSE 17. They will take up a lamentation over you, and tell you, “How you are destroyed, who were inhabited by seafaring men, the renowned city, who was strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, who caused their terror to be on all who lived there!”
VERSE 18. Now the islands will tremble in the day of your fall. Yes, the islands that are in the sea will be dismayed at your departure.’
VERSE 19. “For the Lord GOD says: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I bring up the deep on you, and the great waters cover you;
when I bring up the deep on you. Tyre would descend into a demise and never rise again.
VERSE 20. then I will bring you down with those who descend into the pit, to the people of old time, and will make you dwell in the lower parts of the earth, in the places that are desolate of old, with those who go down to the pit, that you be not inhabited; and I will set glory in the land of the living.
VERSE 21. I will make you a terror, and you will no more have any being. Though you are sought for, yet you will never be found again,’ says the Lord GOD.”
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