Ezekiel 28-30 Revised Standard Version

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28 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, 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 man, and no god, though you consider yourself as wise as a god-- 3  you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; 4  by your wisdom and your understanding you have gotten 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 consider yourself as wise as a god, 7  therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you, the most terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. 8  They shall thrust you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the heart of the seas. 9  Will you still say, 'I am a god,' in the presence of those who slay you, though you are but a man, 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  "Son of man, 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, topaz, and jasper, chrysolite, beryl, and onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and wrought in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. 14  With an anointed guardian cherub I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 15  You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till 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 the midst of 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 forth fire from the midst of you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes upon 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 for ever."

The Prophecy against Zidon

20  The word of the Lord came to me: 21  "Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her 22  and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against you, O Sidon, and I will manifest my glory in the midst of you. And they shall know that I am the Lord when I execute judgments in her, and manifest my holiness in her; 23  for I will send pestilence into her, and blood into her streets; and the slain shall fall in the midst of her, by the sword that is against her on every side. Then they will know that I am the Lord. 24  "And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will 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 dwell in their own land which I gave to my servant Jacob. 26  And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will 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  "Son of man, 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: "Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, 'My Nile is my own; I made it.' 4  I will put hooks in your jaws, and make the fish of your streams stick to your scales; and I will draw you up out of the midst of your streams, with all the fish of your streams which stick to your scales. 5  And I will cast you forth into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your streams; you shall fall upon the open field, and not be gathered and buried. To the beasts 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 have been 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 upon you, you broke, and made all their loins to shake;

8  therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring a sword upon you, and will cut off from you man and beast; 9  and the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord. "Because you said, 'The Nile is mine, and I made it,' 10  therefore, behold, I am against you, and against your streams, 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 foot of man shall pass through it, and no foot of beast shall pass through it; it shall be uninhabited forty years. 12  And I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of 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  "For 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  And it shall never again be the reliance of the house of Israel, recalling their iniquity, when they turn to them for aid. Then they will 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  "Son of man, Nebuchadrez'zar king 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 performed against it. 19  Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadrez'zar king 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 recompense for which he labored, because they worked for me, says the Lord GOD. 21  "On that day I will cause a horn to spring forth to the house of Israel, and I will open your lips among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord."

30 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Wail, 'Alas for the day!' 3  For the 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 her wealth is carried away, and her foundations are torn down. 5  Ethiopia, and Put, and Lud, and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword. 6  "Thus says the Lord: Those who support Egypt shall fall, and her proud might shall come down; from Migdol to Syene they shall fall within her by the sword, says the Lord GOD. 7  And she shall be desolated in the midst of desolated countries and her cities shall be in the midst of cities that are laid waste. 8  Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have set fire to Egypt, and all her helpers are broken. 9  "On that day swift messengers shall go forth from me to terrify the unsuspecting Ethiopians; and anguish shall come upon them on the day of Egypt's doom; for, lo, it comes! 10  "Thus says the Lord GOD: I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt, by the hand of Nebuchadrez'zar king 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  And I will dry up the Nile, and will sell the land into the hand of evil men; 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 Zo'an, and will execute acts of judgment upon Thebes. 15  And I will pour my wrath upon Pelusium, the stronghold of Egypt, and cut off the multitude of Thebes. 16  And I will set fire to Egypt; Pelusium shall be in great agony; Thebes shall be breached, and its walls broken down. 17  The young men of On and of Pibe'seth shall fall by the sword; and the women shall go into captivity. 18  At Tehaph'nehes the day shall be dark, when I break there the dominion of Egypt, and her proud might shall come to an end; she shall be covered by a cloud, and her daughters shall go into captivity. 19  Thus I will execute acts of judgment upon Egypt. Then they will 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  "Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and lo, it has not been bound up, to heal it by binding it with a bandage, so that it may become strong to wield the sword. 22  Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, 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  And 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 like a man 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 will know that I am the Lord."

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