Ezekiel Chapter 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.

33 thoughts on “Ezekiel Chapter 27

  1. It is hard to look at reality

    Once upon a time, yes once upon a time you were glorious. Once upon a time, your beauty could not be compared to others. Once upon a time, everyone was proud of what you were. Time went on and left his mark upon you. You chose to speak ill about Jerusalem and went from crown of glory, to garbage left over. Lets learn from Tyre, do not speak ill about anyone for it will come back to beat you down. No one is above judgement, we all have fallen short, and we all will be judge by our Lord!!!

  2. I feel that this chapter is talking is Pride. Pride makes you unclean and impure. Pride of sin must be handled consciously. If you don’t take it seriously you won’t even know you have a prideful attitude. People don’t like to hang around with someone that is always talking about themselves and thinking the world revolves around them. God hates pride cause it comes the heart, if someone is full of pride how is God suppose to live in the heart? What are you showing today are you helping someone or just yourself?

  3. 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.

    What took many years to accumulate can be taken away in a single day, either because you are wicked or because you are righteous. The difference is the righteous was repaid more than double, while the wicked was wiped out forever.

    See Job 1:13-19 and 42:10-17

  4. 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?

    No man is an island to himself. Especially when it comes to God. Every good and perfect gift cometh down from the father of lights in whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

    Tyre had forgotten what made them who they were. They began to become puffed up with pride, and full of iniquity. Sounds just like a certain fallen angel.

    Humility is the key to success is the kingdom of God. Love one another, and be thankful. Look what The Lord has done!

  5. ilove to eat the Word

    I found this article to be interesting with the scriptures today.

    Tyre was the maritime equivalent of Babylon. Carthage, a rival of Rome, was only a colony of Tyre.

    The destruction of Tyre could have been plausible. However, the prophecy that Tyre would be thrown into the midst of the sea, and its former location be scraped like the top of a rock seemed more than implausible. Yet both these prophecies were fulfilled. Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged the city and conquered it. The inhabitants of Tyre, however, escaped to a nearby island. Nebuchadnezzar then rendered the city to ruins. For two and-a-half centuries, these ruins were a mute contradiction of the Bible.
    tyre in sea
    When Alexander the Great conquered the Medo-Persian empire, long after Nebuchadnezzar’s siege, the new island city of Tyre resisted his advances. Frustrated by their efforts, Alexander ordered his troops to build a causeway to the island by throwing the ancient ruins of mainland Tyre into the midst of the sea, and using the dust to create a way for his troops, thus fulfilling the prophecy that Tyre would be thrown into the midst of the sea.
    The scraped rocks and sunken causeway of ancient Tyre declare with emphasis to this generation that the Bible is more than just an ordinary book.

    • 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?

  6. We must be ever vigilant in our devotion to God, for no matter how good we think we are, our own pride may come before our destruction.

    1Cor 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

  7. There is a difference in confidence and pride. Having self esteem doesn’t desire boasting about themselves to anyone with an ear to listen. Where as pride will continually boast about their good works and their achievements, not giving the glory to whom deserves it. Pride will alway cause a man to fall.

    God I pray you search me and cleanse in me anything that is displeasing to you!

  8. 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.

    I am reminded of how the word tells us oveer and over, of how God resiststhe proud and how pride comes before the fall.

    No matter what we have, what we get to participate in, or what blessings we are allowed to obtain, we must stay humble, that way we get to continue to walk in blessings, and we don’t end up a curse upon someone else’s head….

  9. HOW THE MIGHTY FALL

    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.

    Here we witness a mighty, powerful city by the sea, their location and commerce are matchless, they have built a great business with multiple resources. They are a growing, productive entity.

    What happened to cause such calamity?

    Ezekiel 26:2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:

    3 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

    Aha – is as a sigh of joy, a look at them type attitude. GOD took it personal and chose to take vengeance speedily. Great lessons are learned here:

    1. You cannot grow too successful that GOD is unable to cause you to fold.

    2. Do not rejoice or gloat over the calamity of others in times of trouble and toil.

    3. Do not speak against someone or something that GOD has prophesied over and blessed.

    The POFW along with business owners and entrepreneurs remember this powerful principal; you cannot get bigger than GOD. We shall remember to stay focused on what GOD is doing through us and leave the details to HIM. Other churches or businesses are not our competitor; we have an adversary and GOD will elevate the righteous and fearful of HIS great name and power.

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  10. 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.

    These things will all pass away. Do not put your trust in the things of this world. God is the only absolute in this life, or any other. We put a higher quality on things that are either harder to find or make. Yet the most bountiful things in life are the things we need. Air, water, and family just to name a few. Let’s be thankful for what we do have.

  11. 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.

    Wealth, people, and material things will not save you. Tyre had it all, but they lacked God. He took everything and destroyed it. Don’t focus on material things but rather make sure your heart is right with God. Our relationship with Him value outweighs all the riches of this world.

  12. Pride leads to great destruction. We must remember who deserves all the glory; building yourself up, thinking you’re all that, taking God’s glory – I don’t think so.

    To me I analogize pride with a balloon, you keep airing yourself up, your head just gets bigger and bigger, your pride keeps growing, you keep stealing the glory from God – and yes from the looks of it you are climbing higher, the balloon is floating higher and higher, airing up to get yourself to a place where you think you’re equal with higher authorities. But who really deserves the glory? God. And who has all power to put you back in your place? God. So then the balloon pops… Now what? All that pride you kept trying to squeeze into the balloon is gone, the balloon itself (you) is broken and busted, and has fallen down to the ground.

  13. 27:1-36. Because Tyre’s fate is assured, Ezekiel can make the second oracle a funeral dirge for her.
    Under the imagery of a sinking ship, her destruction is dramatically envisioned(vv.1-9).

  14. Grief

    They cry aloud over you and weep bitterly. They throw dust on their heads and roll in ashes. They shave their heads in grief for you and dress themselves in burlap. They weep for you with bitter anguish and deep mourning. As they wail and mourn over you, they sing this sad funeral song: ‘Was there ever such a city as Tyre, now silent at the bottom of the sea? (Ezekiel 27:30-32 NLT)

    I have experienced grief. My grief, while it was great was not like this. The reason I did not have such a great grief as this is that I have Jesus. When things seem to be overwhelming, JESUS! When you are gripped with the reality of loss, JESUS! He is greater than any situation you find yourself in. The people in this chapter have extreme grief because they did not trust God. They trusted in their own glory, their beauty, their riches, and they fell. All was destroyed.

    We must trust God and rely on him. He is the great comforter and will bring peace.

    Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. (Psalms 20:7 KJV)

  15. 26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.

    This world is unpredictable, inconsistent. We have to be prepared, standing firm on our rock Jesus Christ and live by his word

  16. This chapter illustrates value. Their hearts were troubled; “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”. God’s (Jesus) heart, was also troubled; “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  17. In this scripture, it seems that their foundation was not solid. It seems they sought out their own glory and forgot to give it to the One True God Jesus Christ. In which, all Glory is due to his mighty name. Their focus was not fixed right, but on what they can achieve or obtain. God can bless us in many ways, Money, Stuff, Homes, Cars, and all our needs met with abundance. But, remember God looks at our hearts, and he knows our thoughts. How was David picked by God, he knew what was in David’s Heart. God looks upon the heart, the sincerity, and the pureness, and he is constantly searching for someone to worship him in spirit and truth. But, I believe in his word, the blood, the name of Jesus Christ, and by the power of God’s Spirit, we can overcome anything with faith. Though our flesh wars with the Holy Spirit, I believe the Holy Ghost is going to win everytime. “He Loves Me”, and his desire is to complete me. Just as Jesus said, the good work I begun in you, I will complete. “That’s a promise”…………My foundation is built upon the Rock Christ JESUS……..and his word will not return void.

    “Keep your Place”……………………………………….

  18. 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.

    Lost blessings…
    These people were at one time so great so mighty it seemed that no one could match them. But somewere along the line they allowed pride and arrogance to get the best of them and throw them off track. Its important to always stay on spiritual track by being humble and humbling yourself instead of God needing to humble you…

  19. The sudden sinking not only is the demise of Tyre but the vulnerbility of all material possessions to destrution. The last two verses particlarly display the anguish of those who pin there hopes in things only to see them suddenly irretievably gone

  20. Vs.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.”
    Vs.4, “Thy borders are in the nmidstof the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.”

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

    Tyrus said that they were of perfect beauty,PRIDE, but God had become angry with them because they had made fun of his people. Therefore, God was going to destroy them.

    This made me think of the scripture found in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

  21. This chapter reminds us of the trickery and deceit of the enemy. Just because you have big houses and nice cars, nice things and plenty of money, all the wants of the world are yours to hold, doesn’t mean that your exempt from the same judgement or even chance as common people.

    Some how our country has hidden itself behind all the sparkle and glamour of temporal things while the eternal matters have taken a backseat. People go to church if they don’t have anything else planned. They only pray when there is something that they cant figure out on their own. They don’t understand the meaning of real relationships because their love is based on how much stuff they give one another.

    We have to somehow catch that world that thinks that they don’t need God.That world that somehow looks blessed but is missing the true worth of life. My prayer is that we can reach them with this gospel before this warning becomes a reality.

    Help us Jesus

  22. The destruction of Commercialism

    This chapter illustrates the great fleet of merchant ships of Tyre as a great and beautiful ship bringing merchandise and treasures to many nations. It would be destroyed and many would lament over it.

    We will see this again soon.

    Rev 18:7-10 NIV 7 Give her as much torment and grief
    as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
    In her heart she boasts,
    ‘I sit enthroned as queen.
    I am not a widow;[c]
    I will never mourn.’
    8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
    death, mourning and famine.
    She will be consumed by fire,
    for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
    Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

    9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

    “‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    you mighty city of Babylon!
    In one hour your doom has come!’

    Suffering and misery will fall on commercial Babylon in proportion to the self-glorying and luxurious lifestyle she lived. People who made wealth for themselves through will be stripped of all their wealth within one day.

    We are approaching the collapse of capitalism. The greatest “depression” the world has ever seen.

  23. Only what we do for Christ will last. That’s worth dying for.

    Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT)

  24. It was hard work of many of those gone before that put Tyrus on the map. They boasted, they were proud and they were of an arrogant attitude, but when the storm of life came all of that was for naught. They were destroyed.

    We must be careful that we don’t allow success of any kind to go to our head. None of us got where we are on our own. All of us are standing on the shoulders of someone. Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. We must guard our heart and our mind daily to remain humble and of Christ like nature and attributes.

  25. 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.

    Once again another example of how a misguided focus caused pride and the fall. It seems to always have to deal with looking at I, or oneself. Let’s not not forget, when we begging to accomplish many things and be successful, that the earth is the Lord’s and all that dwell therein, that all things exist because of Him and for Him. Every good gift comes from above and it’s His work that creates beautiful things.

  26. Perfect Beauty

    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.

    We’ve heard it said before: our society has a twisted view of beauty. “Perfection” is no longer simply admired but demanded, and thanks to Photoshop no longer has to be even based on real individuals. “Perfect beauty” has become a god made with human hands, particularly in the form of makeup, flawless hair, an unnatural body, and the right outfit.

    Maintaining a good appearance is one thing, but there’s a difference between trying to look your best and trying to look like someone (or something) else. The harsh standards of “perfect beauty” are generally aimed towards women, and so I find it no surprise that God addresses this directly:

    Proverbs 31:30
    Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

    It is not wrong to have beauty or favor, but the problem comes in when they are not properly viewed. Our real standard of “perfect beauty” comes from God:

    1 Chronicles 16:29
    Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

    Holiness displays true beauty; separation unto God is beautiful. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the pursuit perfect beauty, but the greatest cost of all came about 2,000 years ago at Calvary. Jesus paid the price and made a way for us to enter into holiness in restored relationship with Him. He gave us the ultimate beauty for ashes, and we get to enjoy it now on this earth, not just later in heaven. If we want true perfect beauty, we must have Jesus, the One who is perfectly beautiful.

  27. 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.

    Jesus made us who were are to be the light in this world and to stand out and be apart from those around us to speak his word and spread his love hes MERCIFUL and his LOVE ENDURES FOREVER hes WORTHY of our praise and deserves our all if he took us out of of the misery we were dealing with then we can stomp on the devil and jump up and down and praise and worship him

  28. 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 yhe 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 Ty’ -rus,
    like the destroyed in the midst of the sea? Destruction of Ty’-rus

  29. Tyre

    A beautiful and rich city during this time period, “situated at the gateway to the sea.” (vs2). Tyre was one of the two major cities of Phoenicia, the other one being Sidon, about 25 miles to the north. Tyre was an island city with harbors that promoted he shipping endevors and trade (Isa 23:1). King Solomon participated with Tyre in the shipping trades, bringing wealth to Israel asto Pheonicia. Solomon had Tyre send cedar trees to complete the temple of the Lord and his own palace.

    One of the great military stories of history is Alexander the Great’s long siege of the island city in 332 B.C. He used the rubble from the conquered mainland city to build a causeway to the island fortress in order to enter and destroy it. Although the ancient city no longer exists, the causeway still remains.

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