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Ezekiel 27

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Ezekiel 27

1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

2 Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;

3 And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.

4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.

5 They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee.

6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim.

7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.

8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy mariners: thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots.

9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.

10 They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness.

11 The men of Arvad with thine army were upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.

12 Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.

13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.

14 They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.

15 The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony.

16 Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.

17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm.

18 Damascus was thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon, and white wool.

19 Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market.

20 Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots.

21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy merchants.

22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.

23 Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.

24 These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise.

25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas.

26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.

27 Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.

28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots.

29 And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land;

30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:

31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.

32 And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?

33 When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise.

34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.

35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance.

36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.

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Summary and the Meaning of Ezekiel Chapter 27

Ezekiel Chapter 27 of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is a vivid and poetic description of the city of Tyre, its wealth, glory, and subsequent downfall. The chapter is a lamentation over the city, detailing its grandeur and the many nations that traded with it. Ezekiel uses the metaphor of a ship to describe Tyre's commercial prowess and its ultimate ruin.

The Prelude to the Lamentation

The chapter begins with God instructing Ezekiel to lament for Tyre. The city is portrayed as a ship, built with the finest materials from all over the world. The inhabitants of Tyre are described as skillful mariners, guiding the ship with wisdom and expertise. The ship, an embodiment of the city, is presented as a thing of beauty and wealth, laden with rich goods and manned by people from many nations.

The Description of Tyre's Wealth

In his lament, Ezekiel describes the wealth of Tyre in great detail. The city is said to have traded with numerous nations, its markets filled with goods from around the world. The items listed include precious metals, luxurious fabrics, exotic animals, and many other commodities, symbolizing the city's immense wealth and global connections. This section serves to highlight the extent of Tyre's prosperity and the wide reach of its trade networks.

The Downfall of Tyre

Despite its glory and wealth, Tyre is foretold to meet a tragic end. The city-ship is described as being caught in a storm and wrecked, its riches sinking into the sea. This metaphorical shipwreck signifies the fall of Tyre, which is said to bring sorrow to all the nations that traded with it. The chapter concludes with a grim image of the city's ruin, its once bustling markets silent and its glory faded.

The Meaning of the Lamentation

Ezekiel's lament over Tyre carries a profound message about the transience of worldly wealth and glory. Despite its grandeur and prosperity, Tyre is not immune to destruction. The city's downfall serves as a warning against pride and complacency, reminding the reader that all earthly things are temporary and subject to change.

The chapter also highlights the interconnectedness of nations and economies. The fall of Tyre affects not just the city itself, but also its trading partners. This suggests that the well-being of a society is not just dependent on its own prosperity, but also on the stability of its relationships with other societies.

Ezekiel's Role as a Prophet

In delivering this lamentation, Ezekiel fulfills his role as a prophet, communicating God's message to the people. His vivid and detailed description of Tyre's glory and downfall serves to make the prophecy more tangible and impactful. Through this chapter, Ezekiel not only foretells the fate of Tyre, but also provides a moral lesson for the people, encouraging them to reflect on their own actions and values.


In conclusion, Ezekiel Chapter 27 is a powerful lamentation over the city of Tyre, portraying its wealth, glory, and subsequent downfall. The chapter serves as a reminder of the transient nature of worldly prosperity and the importance of maintaining stable relationships with other societies. It also underscores Ezekiel's role as a prophet, delivering God's message in a way that is both vivid and impactful.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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