A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to the prince1 of Tyre, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:
“‘Your heart is proud2 and you said, “I am a god;3
I sit in the seat of gods, in the heart of the seas” –
yet you are a man and not a god,
though you think you are godlike.4 3 Look, you are wiser than Daniel;5 no secret is hidden from you.6
4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself;
you have amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.
5 By your great skill7 in trade you have increased your wealth,
and your heart is proud because of your wealth.
6 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says:
Because you think you are godlike,8 7 I am about to bring foreigners9 against you, the most terrifying of nations. They will draw their swords against the grandeur made by your wisdom,10
and they will defile your splendor.
8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die violently11 in the heart of the seas.
9 Will you still say, “I am a god,” before the one who kills you –
though you are a man and not a god –
when you are in the power of those who wound you?
10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised12 by the hand of foreigners;
for I have spoken, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, sing13 a lament for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:
“‘You were the sealer14 of perfection,
full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God.15
Every precious stone was your covering,
the ruby, topaz, and emerald,
the chrysolite, onyx, and jasper,
the sapphire, turquoise, and beryl;16
your settings and mounts were made of gold.
On the day you were created they were prepared.
14 I placed you there with an anointed17 guardian18 cherub;19
you were on the holy mountain of God;
you walked about amidst fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your behavior20 from the day you were created,
until sin was discovered in you.
16 In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence,21 and you sinned; so I defiled you and banished you22 from the mountain of God – the guardian cherub expelled you23 from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor.
I threw you down to the ground;
I placed you before kings, that they might see you.
18 By the multitude of your iniquities, through the sinfulness of your trade,
you desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I drew fire out from within you;
it consumed you,
and I turned you to ashes on the earth
before the eyes of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the peoples are shocked at you;
you have become terrified and will be no more.’”
A Prophecy Against Sidon
20 The word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, turn toward24 Sidon25 and prophesy against it. 22 Say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:
“‘Look, I am against you,26 Sidon,
and I will magnify myself in your midst.
Then they will know that I am the Lord
when I execute judgments on her
and reveal my sovereign power27 in her. 23 I will send a plague into the city28 and bloodshed into its streets; the slain will fall within it, by the sword that attacks it29 from every side.
Then they will know that I am the Lord.
24 “‘No longer will Israel suffer from the sharp briers30 or painful thorns of all who surround and scorn them.31 Then they will know that I am the sovereign Lord.
25 “‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: When I regather the house of Israel from the peoples where they are dispersed, I will reveal my sovereign power32 over them in the sight of the nations, and they will live in their land that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They will live securely in it; they will build houses and plant vineyards. They will live securely33 when I execute my judgments on all those who scorn them and surround them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’”