|New International Version (©2011)|
"Son of man, take up a lament concerning Tyre.
New Living Translation (©2007)
"Son of man, sing a funeral song for Tyre,
English Standard Version (©2001)
“Now you, son of man, raise a lamentation over Tyre,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"And you, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre;
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Now, son of man, lament for Tyre.
International Standard Version (©2012)
"Son of Man, compose a mourning song for Tyre.
NET Bible (©2006)
"You, son of man, sing a lament for Tyre.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
"Son of man, sing a funeral song about Tyre.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Now, you son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre;
American King James Version
Now, you son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
American Standard Version
And thou, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre;
Thou therefore, O son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre:
Darby Bible Translation
And thou, son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre,
English Revised Version
And thou, son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre;
Webster's Bible Translation
Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre;
World English Bible
You, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre;
Young's Literal Translation
'And thou, son of man, lift up concerning Tyre a lamentation, and thou hast said to Tyre:
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
27:1-25 Those who live at ease are to be lamented, if they are not prepared for trouble. Let none reckon themselves beautified, any further than they are sanctified. The account of the trade of Tyre intimates, that God's eye is upon men when employed in worldly business. Not only when at church, praying and hearing, but when in markets and fairs, buying and selling. In all our dealings we should keep a conscience void of offence. God, as the common Father of mankind, makes one country abound in one commodity, and another in another, serviceable to the necessity or to the comfort and ornament of human life. See what a blessing trade and merchandise are to mankind, when followed in the fear of God. Besides necessaries, an abundance of things are made valuable only by custom; yet God allows us to use them. But when riches increase, men are apt to set their hearts upon them, and forget the Lord, who gives power to get wealth.
Verse 2. - Take up a lamentation for Tyrus. The dirge over the merchant-city that follows, the doom sic transit gloria mundi, worked out with a fullness of detail which reminds us of the Homeric catalogue of ships ('Iliad,' 2:484-770), is almost, if not altogether, without a parallel in the history of literature. It can scarcely have rested on anything but personal knowledge. Ezekiel, we must believe, had, at some time or other in his life, trod the sinful streets of the great city, and noted the mingled crowd of many nations and in many costumes that he met there, just as we infer from Dante's vivid description of the dockyards of Venice ('Inf.,' 21:7-15) that he had visited that city. Apart from its poetic or prophetic interest, it is for us almost the locus classicus as to the geography and commerce of that old world of which Tyre was in some sense the center. We may compare it, from that point of view, with the ethnological statements in Genesis 10; just as, from the standpoint of prophecy, it has to be compared with Isaiah's "burden" against Babylon (Isaiah 13, 14.), and with St. John's representation of Rome as the spiritual Babylon of the Apocalypse (Revelation 18.).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus. Compose an elegy, and sing it; make a mournful noise, and deliver out a funeral ditty; such as the "praeficae", or mournful women, made at funerals, in which they said all they could in praise of the dead, and made very doleful lamentations for them: this the prophet was to do in a prophetic manner, for the confirmation of what was prophesied of by him; and it may teach us, that even wicked men are to be pitied, when in distress and calamity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
2. lamentation—a funeral dirge, eulogizing her great attributes, to make the contrast the greater between her former and her latter state.
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A Lament for Tyre
1The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 2Now, you son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus; 3And say to Tyrus, O you that are situate at the entry of the sea, which are a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus said the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, you have said, I am of perfect beauty. …
I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands. They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds have all fled and the animals are gone.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them.
Then they will take up a lament concerning you and say to you: "'How you are destroyed, city of renown, peopled by men of the sea! You were a power on the seas, you and your citizens; you put your terror on all who lived there.
The word of the LORD came to me:
As they wail and mourn over you, they will take up a lament concerning you: "Who was ever silenced like Tyre, surrounded by the sea?"
"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.
"Son of man, take up a lament concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: "'You are like a lion among the nations; you are like a monster in the seas thrashing about in your streams, churning the water with your feet and muddying the streams.