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Ezekiel 28:2-9

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28:2 “Son of man, say to the prince 1  of Tyre, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says:

“‘Your heart is proud 2  and you said, “I am a god; 3 

I sit in the seat of gods, in the heart of the seas” –

yet you are a man and not a god,

though you think you are godlike. 4 

28:3 Look, you are wiser than Daniel; 5 

no secret is hidden from you. 6 

28:4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself;

you have amassed gold and silver in your treasuries.

28:5 By your great skill 7  in trade you have increased your wealth,

and your heart is proud because of your wealth.

28:6 “‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says:

Because you think you are godlike, 8 

28:7 I am about to bring foreigners 9  against you, the most terrifying of nations.

They will draw their swords against the grandeur made by your wisdom, 10 

and they will defile your splendor.

28:8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die violently 11  in the heart of the seas.

28:9 Will you still say, “I am a god,” before the one who kills you –

though you are a man and not a god –

when you are in the power of those who wound you?

1 tn Or “ruler” (NIV, NCV).

2 tn Heb “lifted up.”

sn See Prov 16:5.

3 tn Or “I am divine.”

4 tn Heb “and you made your heart (mind) like the heart (mind) of gods.”

5 sn Or perhaps “Danel” (so TEV), referring to a ruler known from Canaanite legend. See the note on “Daniel” in 14:14. A reference to Danel (preserved in legend at Ugarit, near the northern end of the Phoenician coast) makes more sense here when addressing Tyre than in 14:14.

6 sn The tone here is sarcastic, reflecting the ruler’s view of himself.

7 tn Or “wisdom.”

8 tn Heb “because of your making your heart like the heart of gods.”

9 sn This is probably a reference to the Babylonians.

10 tn Heb “they will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom.”

11 tn Heb “you will die the death of the slain.”



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