Ezekiel 27: A
lament that will be sung over Tyre
Comment: This is the second of the three chapters spoken
over Tyre. Whereas the first one simply spoke out the prophecy
decreeing the fall of the city, this chapter makes us realise
what an awful tragedy this is. It does it by extolling the wonder
of the city and the amazing range of business that Tyre carried
on in the world. We will be left to the third chapter to see WHY
this terrible tragedy will take place.]
A song of anguish over what will happen to Tyre
word of the Lord came to me :
of man, take up a lament concerning Tyre.
of the previous chapter had already been morphing into a word
of anguish. Now Ezekiel is to make it a full-blown lament, a ‘passionate
expression of grief and sorrow'.]
So much of her construction had been the fine work of skilled
to Tyre, situated at the gateway to the sea, merchant of peoples
on many coasts, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
‘I am perfect in beauty.'
domain was on the high seas;
your builders brought your beauty to perfection.
made all your timbers
of juniper from Senir;
they took a cedar from Lebanon
to make a mast for you.
oaks from Bashan
they made your oars;
of cypress wood from the coasts of Cyprus
they made your deck, adorned with ivory.
embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail
and served as your banner;
your awnings were of blue and purple
from the coasts of Elishah.
of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen;
your skilled men, Tyre, were aboard as
craftsmen of Byblos were on board
as shipwrights to caulk your seams.
All the ships of the sea and their sailors
came alongside to trade for your wares.
of Persia, Lydia and Put
served as soldiers in your army.
They hung their shields and helmets on your walls,
bringing you splendour.
of Arvad and Helek
guarded your walls on every side;
men of Gammad
were in your towers.
They hung their shields around your walls;
they brought your beauty to perfection.
tragedy of what will happen is emphasised by the wonder of what
she had been. First he extols the grace, goodness, wonder of the
work that went into making that city.]
The incredible extent of those with whom she traded is paraded
did business with you because of your great wealth of
goods; they exchanged silver, iron, tin and lead for your merchandise.
Tubal and Meshek did business
with you; they traded human beings and articles of bronze for
of Beth Togarmah exchanged chariot horses, cavalry
horses and mules for your merchandise.
men of Rhodes traded with you, and many coastlands
were your customers; they paid you with ivory tusks and ebony.
did business with you because of your many products;
they exchanged turquoise, purple fabric, embroidered work, fine
linen, coral and rubies for your merchandise.
and Israel traded with you; they exchanged
wheat from Minnith and confections, honey, olive oil and balm
for your wares.
did business with you because of your many products
and great wealth of goods. They offered wine from Helbon, wool
casks of wine from Izal in exchange for your wares: wrought iron,
cassia and calamus.
traded in saddle blankets with you.
and all the princes of Kedar were your customers; they
did business with you in lambs, rams and goats.
merchants of Sheba and Raamah
traded with you; for your merchandise they exchanged the finest
of all kinds of spices and precious stones, and gold.
Kanneh and Eden and merchants
of Sheba, Ashur and Kilmad
traded with you.
list of those who did business with Tyre is extensive by anyone's
Their goods came and went from far afield across the seas
your market-place they traded with you beautiful garments, blue
fabric, embroidered work and multicoloured rugs with cords twisted
and tightly knotted.
ships of Tarshish serve
as carriers for your wares.
You are filled with heavy cargo
as you sail the sea.
oarsmen take you
out to the high seas.
But all this maritime business will come to an end…
the east wind will break you to pieces
far out at sea.
wealth, merchandise and wares,
your mariners, sailors and shipwrights,
your merchants and all your soldiers,
and everyone else on board
will sink into the heart of the sea
on the day of your shipwreck.
shorelands will quake
when your sailors cry out.
who handle the oars
will abandon their ships;
the mariners and all the sailors
will stand on the shore.
success and their amazing prosperity became known everywhere as
their merchant navy is wrecked.]
…and when it does there will be great anguishing over your terrible
will raise their voice
and cry bitterly over you;
they will sprinkle dust on their heads
and roll in ashes.
will shave their heads because of you
and will put on sackcloth.
They will weep over you with anguish of soul
and with bitter mourning.
they wail and mourn over you,
they will take up a lament concerning
‘Who was ever silenced like Tyre,
surrounded by the sea?'
your merchandise went out on the seas,
you satisfied many nations;
with your great wealth and your wares
you enriched the kings of the earth.
you are shattered by the sea
in the depths of the waters;
your wares and all your company
have gone down with you.
who live in the coastlands
are appalled at you;
their kings shudder with horror
and their faces are distorted with fear.
merchants among the nations scoff at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more.”'
end result will be pure anguish by not only all those involved
but also by all watch from near and far.]
to Chapter 28