Ezekiel 28

1The word of the Lord came to me. He said, 2“Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'The Lord my Master says these things: “'You are very proud! And you say, ”I am a god! I sit on the seat of gods in the middle of the seas.” “'But you are a man and not God! You only think you are a god. 3You think you are wiser than Danel! You think you can find out all secrets! 4Through your wisdom and understanding you have gotten riches for yourself. And you put gold and silver in your treasuries. 5Through your great wisdom and trade, you have made your riches grow. And now you are proud because of those riches. 6“'So the Lord my Master says these things: Tyre, you thought you were like a god. 7I will bring strangers to fight against you. They are most terrible among the nations! They will pull out their swords and use them against the beautiful things that your wisdom brought you. They will ruin your glory. 8They will bring you down to the grave. You will be like a sailor that died at sea. 9That person will kill you. Will you still say, “I am a god”? No! He will have you in his power. You will see that you are a man, not God! 10Strangers will treat you like a foreigner and kill you. ˻Those things will happen because˼ I gave the command!’” The Lord my Master said those things. 11The word of the Lord came to me. He said, 12“Son of man, sing this sad song about the king of Tyre. Say to him, 'The Lord my Master says these things: “'You were the ideal man. You were full of wisdom. You were perfectly handsome. 13You were in Eden, the Garden of God. You had every precious stone— rubies, topaz, and diamonds; beryls, onyx, and jasper; sapphires, turquoise, and emeralds. And each of these stones was set in gold. You were given this beauty on the day you were created. ˻God˼ made you strong. 14You were one of the chosen Cherubs. ˻Your wings˼ spread over ˻my throne˼. And I put you on the holy mountain of God. You walked among the jewels that sparkled like fire. 15You were good and honest when I created you. But then you became evil. 16Your business brought you ˻many riches˼. But they also put cruelty inside you. And you sinned. So I treated you like you were some unclean thing— I threw you off the mountain of God. You were one of the special Cherub angels— ˻Your wings˼ spread over ˻my throne˼. But I forced you to leave the jewels that sparkled like fire. 17Your beauty made you proud. Your glory ruined your wisdom. So I threw you down to the ground. And now other kings stare at you. 18You did many wrong things. You were a very crooked businessman. In this way, you made the holy places unclean. So I brought fire from inside you. It burned you! You burned to ashes on the ground. Now everyone can see your shame. 19All the people in other nations were shocked about what happened to you. What happened to you will make people very afraid. You are finished!’” 20The word of the Lord came to me. He said, 21“Son of man, look toward Sidon and speak for me against that place. 22Say, 'The Lord my Master says these things: “'I am against you, Sidon! Your people will learn to respect me! I will punish Sidon. Then people will know that I am the Lord. Then they will learn that I am holy and they will treat me that way. 23I will send disease and death to Sidon, and many people inside the city will die. The sword ˻(enemy soldiers)˼ outside the city will kill many people. Then they will know that I am the Lord!’” 24“'The countries around Israel hated her. ˻But bad things will happen to those countries.˼ Then there won’t be any sharp stickers or thorn bushes to hurt the family of Israel. And they will know that I am the Lord their Master.’” 25The Lord my Master said these things, “I scattered the people of Israel among other nations. But I will gather the family of Israel together again. Then those nations will know that I am holy and they will treat me that way. At that time, the people of Israel will live in their land—I gave that land to my servant Jacob. 26They will live safely in the land. They will build houses and plant vineyards. I will punish the nations around them that hated them. Then the people of Israel will live in safety. And they will know that I am the Lord their God.”

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