Ezekiel 27
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A Lament for Tyre

1Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2“Now you, son of man, take up a lament for Tyre. 3Tell Tyre, who dwells at the gateway to the sea, merchant of the peoples on many coasts, that this is what the Lord GOD says:

‘You have said, O Tyre,

“I am perfect in beauty.”

4Your borders are in the heart of the seas;

your builders perfected your beauty.

5They constructed all your planking

with pine trees from Senir.a

They took a cedar from Lebanon

to make a mast for you.

6Of oaks from Bashan

they made your oars;

of wood from the coasts of Cyprusb

they made your deck, inlaid with ivory.

7Of embroidered fine linen from Egypt,

they made your sail,

which served as your banner.

Of blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah

they made your awning.

8The men of Sidon and Arvad

were your oarsmen.

Your men of skill, O Tyre,

were there as your captains.

9The elders of Gebal were aboard as shipwrights,

repairing your leaks.

All the ships of the sea and their sailors

came alongside to barter for your goods.

10Men of Persia, Lydia, and Put

served as warriors in your army.

They hung shields and helmets on your walls;

they gave you splendor.

11Men of Arvad and Helech

manned your walls all around,

and the men of Gammad

were in your towers.

They hung their shields all around your walls;

they perfected your beauty.

12Tarshish was your merchant because of your great wealth of goods; they exchanged silver, iron, tin, and lead for your wares.

13Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your merchants. They exchanged slaves and bronze utensils for your merchandise.

14The men of Beth-togarmah exchanged horses, war horses, and mules for your wares.

15The men of Dedanc were your clients; many coastlands were your market; they paid you with ivory tusks and ebony.

16Aramd was your customer because of the abundance of your goods; they exchanged turquoise, purple, embroidery, fine linen, coral, and rubies for your wares.

17Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged wheat from Minnith, cakes and honey, oil and balm for your merchandise.

18Because of your many products and your great wealth of goods, Damascus traded with you wine from Helbon, wool from Zahar, 19and casks of wine from Izal for your wares.e Wrought iron, cassia, and sweet canef were exchanged for your merchandise.g

20Dedan was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding.

21Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your customers, trading in lambs, rams, and goats.

22The merchants of Sheba and Raamah traded with you; for your wares they exchanged gold, the finest of all spices, and precious stones.

23Haran, Canneh, and Eden, and the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad traded with you. 24In your marketplace they traded with you fine garments of blue and embroidered work, and multicolored rugs, bound and secured with cords.

25The ships of Tarshish

carried your merchandise.

And you were filled with heavy cargo

in the heart of the sea.

26Your oarsmen have brought you

onto the high seas,

but the east wind will shatter you

in the heart of the sea.

27Your wealth, wares, and goods,

your sailors, captains, and shipwrights,

your merchants and all the warriors within you,

with all the other people on board,

will sink into the heart of the sea

on the day of your downfall.

28The countryside will shake

when your sailors cry out.

29All who handle the oars

will abandon their ships.

The sailors and all the captains of the sea

will stand on the shore.

30They will raise their voices for you

and cry out bitterly.

They will throw dust on their heads

and roll in ashes.

31They will shave their heads for you

and wrap themselves in sackcloth.

They will weep over you

with anguish of soul and bitter mourning.

32As they wail and mourn over you,

they will take up a lament for you:

Who was ever like Tyre,

silenced in the middle of the sea?

33When your merchandise went out to sea,

you satisfied many nations.

You enriched the kings of the earth

with your abundant wealth and goods.

34Now you are shattered by the seas

in the depths of the waters;

your goods and the people among you

have gone down with you.

35All the people of the coastlands

are appalled over you.

Their kings shudder with fear;

their faces are contorted.

36Those who trade among the nations

hiss at you;

you have come to a horrible end

and will be no more.’”

Footnotes:

5 a That is, Mount Hermon
6 b Hebrew Kittim
15 c Hebrew; LXX Rhodes
16 d Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac Edom
19 e Probable reading; Hebrew and Dan and Javan from Uzal (traded) for your wares
19 f Or calamus
19 g Or were among your merchandise

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