Because of Tyre’s location off the coast, she receives daily supplies and survives a long war; therefore, her ruler, Ethbaal III, has every human reason to be confident. Such confidence and wickedness is bred into him: Ethbaal’s ancestor, Ethbaal I, was a priest of their goddess Astarte and seized the throne for himself. He was a powerful prince, making political connections and spreading the worship of his goddess all over the region. Ethbaal I’s daughter, Jezebel, was famous for entrenching pagan worship in Israel, so Tyre is indirectly the root of Israel’s wickedness.
6 Here is what the Eternal Lord has to say:
Eternal One: Because you imagine yourself as wise as a god, 7 I am going to recruit outsiders—merciless nations—to take you down. They will draw their swords and cut you down to size, attacking the beautiful things your wisdom procured and destroying your splendor. 8 They will force you down to the pit, and you will die the death of those struck down in the heart of the sea.
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