Ezekiel 28-30 New Revised Standard Version

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28 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  Mortal, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: Because your heart is proud and you have said, "I am a god; I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas," yet you are but a mortal, and no god, though you compare your mind with the mind of a god. 3  You are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; 4  by your wisdom and your understanding you have amassed wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries. 5  By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth. 6  Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you compare your mind with the mind of a god, 7  therefore, I will bring strangers against you, the most terrible of the nations; they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. 8  They shall thrust you down to the Pit, and you shall die a violent death in the heart of the seas. 9  Will you still say, "I am a god," in the presence of those who kill you, though you are but a mortal, and no god, in the hands of those who wound you? 10  You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners; for I have spoken, says the Lord God.

11  Moreover the word of the Lord came to me: 12  Mortal, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13  You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, carnelian, chrysolite, and moonstone, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; and worked in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. 14  With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the stones of fire. 15  You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you. 16  In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub drove you out from among the stones of fire. 17  Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. 18  By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade, you profaned your sanctuaries. So I brought out fire from within you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. 19  All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.

The Prophecy against Zidon

20  The word of the Lord came to me: 21  Mortal, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against it, 22  and say, Thus says the Lord God: I am against you, O Sidon, and I will gain glory in your midst. They shall know that I am the Lord when I execute judgments in it, and manifest my holiness in it; 23  for I will send pestilence into it, and bloodshed into its streets; and the dead shall fall in its midst, by the sword that is against it on every side. And they shall know that I am the Lord. 24  The house of Israel shall no longer find a pricking brier or a piercing thorn among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. And they shall know that I am the Lord God. 25  Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall settle on their own soil that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26  They shall live in safety in it, and shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall live in safety, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God.

Prophecies against Egypt

29 1  In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2  Mortal, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt; 3  speak, and say, Thus says the Lord God: I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon sprawling in the midst of its channels, saying, "My Nile is my own; I made it for myself." 4  I will put hooks in your jaws, and make the fish of your channels stick to your scales. I will draw you up from your channels, with all the fish of your channels sticking to your scales. 5  I will fling you into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your channels; you shall fall in the open field, and not be gathered and buried. To the animals of the earth and to the birds of the air I have given you as food. 6  Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord because you were a staff of reed to the house of Israel; 7  when they grasped you with the hand, you broke, and tore all their shoulders; and when they leaned on you, you broke, and made all their legs unsteady.

8  Therefore, thus says the Lord God: I will bring a sword upon you, and will cut off from you human being and animal; 9  and the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste. Then they shall know that I am the Lord. Because you said, "The Nile is mine, and I made it," 10  therefore, I am against you, and against your channels, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from Migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Ethiopia. 11  No human foot shall pass through it, and no animal foot shall pass through it; it shall be uninhabited forty years. 12  I will make the land of Egypt a desolation among desolated countries; and her cities shall be a desolation forty years among cities that are laid waste. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries. 13  Further, thus says the Lord God: At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom they were scattered; 14  and I will restore the fortunes of Egypt, and bring them back to the land of Pathros, the land of their origin; and there they shall be a lowly kingdom. 15  It shall be the most lowly of the kingdoms, and never again exalt itself above the nations; and I will make them so small that they will never again rule over the nations. 16  The Egyptians shall never again be the reliance of the house of Israel; they will recall their iniquity, when they turned to them for aid. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.

17  In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 18  Mortal, King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head was made bald and every shoulder was rubbed bare; yet neither he nor his army got anything from Tyre to pay for the labor that he had expended against it. 19  Therefore thus says the Lord God: I will give the land of Egypt to King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon; and he shall carry off its wealth and despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army. 20  I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he labored, because they worked for me, says the Lord God. 21  On that day I will cause a horn to sprout up for the house of Israel, and I will open your lips among them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.

30 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  Mortal, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord God: Wail, "Alas for the day!" 3  For a day is near, the day of the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. 4  A sword shall come upon Egypt, and anguish shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain fall in Egypt, and its wealth is carried away, and its foundations are torn down. 5  Ethiopia, and Put, and Lud, and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the allied land shall fall with them by the sword. 6  Thus says the Lord: Those who support Egypt shall fall, and its proud might shall come down; from Migdol to Syene they shall fall within it by the sword, says the Lord God. 7  They shall be desolated among other desolated countries, and their cities shall lie among cities laid waste. 8  Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have set fire to Egypt, and all who help it are broken. 9  On that day, messengers shall go out from me in ships to terrify the unsuspecting Ethiopians; and anguish shall come upon them on the day of Egypt's doom; for it is coming! 10  Thus says the Lord God: I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt, by the hand of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon. 11  He and his people with him, the most terrible of the nations, shall be brought in to destroy the land; and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain. 12  I will dry up the channels, and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it by the hand of foreigners; I the Lord have spoken. 13  Thus says the Lord God: I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis; there shall no longer be a prince in the land of Egypt; so I will put fear in the land of Egypt. 14  I will make Pathros a desolation, and will set fire to Zoan, and will execute acts of judgment on Thebes. 15  I will pour my wrath upon Pelusium, the stronghold of Egypt, and cut off the hordes of Thebes. 16  I will set fire to Egypt; Pelusium shall be in great agony; Thebes shall be breached, and Memphis face adversaries by day. 17  The young men of On and of Pi-beseth shall fall by the sword; and the cities themselves shall go into captivity. 18  At Tehaphnehes the day shall be dark, when I break there the dominion of Egypt, and its proud might shall come to an end; the city shall be covered by a cloud, and its daughter-towns shall go into captivity. 19  Thus I will execute acts of judgment on Egypt. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.

20  In the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 21  Mortal, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; it has not been bound up for healing or wrapped with a bandage, so that it may become strong to wield the sword. 22  Therefore thus says the Lord God: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, both the strong arm and the one that was broken; and I will make the sword fall from his hand. 23  I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them throughout the lands. 24  I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand; but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him with the groans of one mortally wounded. 25  I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall stretch it out against the land of Egypt, 26  and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.

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