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Ezekiel 28 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

28 The ·Lord spoke his word [L word of the Lord came] to me, saying: “·Human [T Son of man; 2:1], say to the ruler of Tyre: ‘This is what the Lord God says:

Because ·you are [L your heart is] proud,
    you say, “I am a god.
I sit on the ·throne [seat] of a god
    in the ·middle [L heart] of the seas.”
You think you are as wise as a god,
    but you are a ·human [mortal; man], not a god.

[L Look; T Behold] You ·think you are [L are] wiser than Daniel [14:14].
·You think you can find out all secrets [L No secret is hidden from you].

Through your wisdom and understanding
    you have made yourself rich.
You have ·gained [gathered] gold and silver
    ·and have saved it in [L in] your ·storerooms [treasuries].

Through your great skill in trading,
    you have made your riches grow.
·You are too [L Your heart is] proud
    because of your riches.

“‘So this is what the Lord God says:

[L Because] You think you are wise
like a god,

·but [L therefore, look/behold] I will bring foreign people against you,
    the ·cruelest [most ruthless] nations.
They will draw their swords
    ·and destroy all that your wisdom has built [L against your beauty and wisdom],
and they will ·dishonor [defile] your ·greatness [splendor].

They will ·kill you [L bring you down to the pit];
    you will die a ·terrible [violent] death
·like those who are killed at sea [or in the heart of the sea].

·While they are killing you [L In the presence of those killing you],
    ·you will not [L will you…?] be able to say anymore, “I am a god.”
You will be only a human, not a god,
    ·when your murderers kill you [L in the hands of those who kill you].

10 You will die ·like an unclean person [L the death of the uncircumcised];
·foreigners will kill you [L …in the hands of strangers/foreigners].

I have spoken, says the Lord God.’”

11 The ·Lord spoke his word [L word of the Lord came] to me, saying: 12 “·Human [T Son of man; 2:1], sing a ·funeral song [lament; dirge] for the king of Tyre. Say to him: ‘This is what the Lord God says:

You were ·an example [the seal/signet] of what was perfect,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You ·had a wonderful life,
    as if you were in Eden [L were in Eden], the garden of God [C like Adam; Gen. 1—2].
Every valuable gem ·was on [covered] you:
    ·ruby [or carnelian], ·topaz [or chysolite], and ·emerald [or diamond],
    ·yellow quartz [or chrysolite], onyx, and jasper,
    ·sapphire [or lapis lazuli], turquoise, and ·chrysolite [or beryl; or emerald].
Your ·jewelry [settings and mounts] was made of gold.
    It was prepared on the day you were created.

14 I appointed a ·living creature [L cherub] to guard you.
    I put you on the holy mountain of God.
You walked among the ·gems that shined like fire [fiery stones].

15 ·Your life was right and good [L You were blameless in your ways]
    from the day you were created,
until ·evil [wickedness; unrighteousness] was found in you.

16 Because you traded with countries ·far away [or in abundance],
    you ·learned to be cruel [L were filled with violence], and you sinned.
So I ·threw you down [banished you] in ·disgrace [or defilement] from the mountain of God.
    And the ·living creature [L cherub] who guarded you
·forced you out [expelled you] from among the ·gems that shined like fire [fiery stones].

17 ·You became too [L Your heart was] proud
    because of your beauty.
You ·ruined [corrupted] your wisdom
    because of your ·greatness [splendor].
I threw you down to the ground.
    ·Your example taught a lesson to [or I made a spectacle of you before] other kings.

18 You ·dishonored [desecrated; profaned; C ritually] your ·places of worship [sanctuaries]
    through your many sins and dishonest trade.
So I ·set on fire the place where you lived [L sent fire out from your midst],
    and the fire ·burned you up [consumed you].
I turned you into ashes on the ground
    ·for all those watching to see [L before the eyes of all who saw you].

19 All the nations who knew you
    are ·shocked [appalled; aghast] about you.
Your punishment was so terrible,
    and you are gone forever.’”

Prophecy Against Sidon

20 The ·Lord spoke his word [L word of the Lord came] to me, saying: 21 “·Human [T Son of man; 2:1], ·look [L set your face] toward the city of Sidon and prophesy against her. 22 Say: ‘This is what the Lord God says:

I am against you, Sidon,
    and I will show my glory ·among [or within] you [C his manifest presence].
People will know that I am the Lord
    when I ·have punished Sidon [L execute judgments against her];
I will show my holiness ·by defeating [L in] her.

23 I will send ·diseases [a plague/pestilence] to Sidon,
    and blood will flow in her streets.
·Those who are wounded [or The slain] ·in Sidon will fall dead [L will fall in her midst],
    ·attacked from [L by the sword against it on] all sides.

Then they will know that I am the Lord.

God Will Help Israel

24 “‘No more will neighboring nations be like ·thorny branches [prickling briars] or sharp ·stickers [thorns] to ·hurt [L treat with contempt/scorn the house of] Israel. Then they will know that I am the Lord God.

25 “‘This is what the Lord God says: I will gather the ·people [L house] of Israel from the nations where they are scattered. I will show my holiness ·when the nations see what I do for my people [L in them in the sight of the nations]. Then they will live in their own land—the land I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They will live safely in the land and will build houses and plant vineyards. They will live in safety after I have ·punished [executed judgments against] all the nations around who ·hate them [treat them with contempt; scorn them]. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’”

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