5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
5 By thy great
5 by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth--
5 You used your head well, worked good deals, made a lot of money. But the money has gone to your head, swelled your head - what a big head!
5 By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your riches, And your heart is lifted up because of your riches),"
5 Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich, and your riches have made you very proud.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ezekiel 28:5
Commentary on Ezekiel 28:1-19
(Read Ezekiel 28:1-19)
Ethbaal, or Ithobal, was the prince or king of Tyre; and being lifted up with excessive pride, he claimed Divine honours. Pride is peculiarly the sin of our fallen nature. Nor can any wisdom, except that which the Lord gives, lead to happiness in this world or in that which is to come. The haughty prince of Tyre thought he was able to protect his people by his own power, and considered himself as equal to the inhabitants of heaven. If it were possible to dwell in the garden of Eden, or even to enter heaven, no solid happiness could be enjoyed without a humble, holy, and spiritual mind. Especially all spiritual pride is of the devil. Those who indulge therein must expect to perish.