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    Who is Ezekiel talking about in Ezekiel 28:1-10?

    Lou Newton
    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher



    Ezekiel 28 New International Version (NIV)

    “A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

    28 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

    “‘In the pride of your heart
    you say, “I am a god;
    I sit on the throne of a god
    in the heart of the seas.”
    But you are a mere mortal and not a god,
    though you think you are as wise as a god.
    3 Are you wiser than Daniel?
    Is no secret hidden from you?
    4 By your wisdom and understanding
    you have gained wealth for yourself
    and amassed gold and silver
    in your treasuries.
    5 By your great skill in trading
    you have increased your wealth,
    and because of your wealth
    your heart has grown proud.


    6 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

    “‘Because you think you are wise,
    as wise as a god,
    7 I am going to bring foreigners against you,
    the most ruthless of nations;
    they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom
    and pierce your shining splendor.
    8 They will bring you down to the pit,
    and you will die a violent death
    in the heart of the seas.
    9 Will you then say, “I am a god,”
    in the presence of those who kill you?

    You will be but a mortal, not a god,
    in the hands of those who slay you.
    10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised
    at the hands of foreigners. “

    This passage of the Chapter is about the King of Trye only. The King of Tyre was a mere man and had become really arrogant and proud because he had amassed so much wealth.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    Who is Ezekiel talking about in Ezekiel 28:1-10?

    Lou Newton
    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher



    Ezekiel 28 New International Version (NIV)

    “A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

    28 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

    “‘In the pride of your heart
    you say, “I am a god;
    I sit on the throne of a god
    in the heart of the seas.”
    But you are a mere mortal and not a god,
    though you think you are as wise as a god.
    3 Are you wiser than Daniel?
    Is no secret hidden from you?
    4 By your wisdom and understanding
    you have gained wealth for yourself
    and amassed gold and silver
    in your treasuries.
    5 By your great skill in trading
    you have increased your wealth,
    and because of your wealth
    your heart has grown proud.


    6 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

    “‘Because you think you are wise,
    as wise as a god,
    7 I am going to bring foreigners against you,
    the most ruthless of nations;
    they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom
    and pierce your shining splendor.
    8 They will bring you down to the pit,
    and you will die a violent death
    in the heart of the seas.
    9 Will you then say, “I am a god,”
    in the presence of those who kill you?

    You will be but a mortal, not a god,
    in the hands of those who slay you.
    10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised
    at the hands of foreigners. “

    This passage of the Chapter is about the King of Trye only. The King of Tyre was a mere man and had become really arrogant and proud because he had amassed so much wealth.
    As for today, could not the USA be the king of tyre? Seems to fit the attitude of our government.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

      As for today, could not the USA be the king of tyre? Seems to fit the attitude of our government.
      Thanks for the reply Tom. Many fit the attitude of the King of Tyre down through history. Certainly much of the US fits this description too. This passage was written with the King of Tyre in mind, but also reveals that anyone who fits this description will suffer the same judgement as him. Thank God there are some real Christians in the US that will be "salt" to preserve us by the mercy of The Lord Jesus

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      • #4
        Glen B Smith
        To:Lou Newton

        Oct 22 at 3:51 PM

        King of Tyre


        I appreciate your position on Ezekiel 28:1-10.

        I presume you posted this because many commentaries apply this passage to Satan.

        I am of the opinion that the only passages that may be legitimately assigned to Satan are those referencing Satan or the devil within the text. This questions the use of dragon as Satan in the Book of Revelation and the meaning of a third of the stars. Lucifer is also removed from being a proof text.

        However, the New Testament identifies the serpent in the Garden of Eden as Satan.


        Commentaries assigning references other than Satan or the devil to stand for Satan may not be wrong, but they are subject to the charge of speculation. The necessary question to ask becomes, "How does an interpretation reveal the divine plan of redemption and the events concerning its achievement." This is all that matters concerning divine revelation.
        Thanks for the reply Glen. Please read my reply to Tom in post # 3. It applies here too. Although the King of Tyre was definitely the person in mind when the passage was written, it applies to anyone who fits his behavior and attitude.

        I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

        11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

        “‘You were the seal of perfection,
        full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
        13You were in Eden,
        the garden of God;

        every precious stone adorned you:
        carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
        topaz, onyx and jasper,
        lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
        Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
        on the day you were created they were prepared.
        14You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
        for so I ordained you.
        You were on the holy mount of God;

        you walked among the fiery stones.
        15You were blameless in your ways
        from the day you were created
        till wickedness was found in you.

        16 Through your widespread trade
        you were filled with violence,
        and you sinned.
        So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
        and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
        from among the fiery stones.
        17 Your heart became proud
        on account of your beauty,
        and you corrupted your wisdom
        because of your splendor.

        So I threw you to the earth;
        I made a spectacle of you before kings.
        18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
        you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
        So I made a fire come out from you,
        and it consumed you,
        and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
        in the sight of all who were watching.
        19 All the nations who knew you
        are appalled at you;
        you have come to a horrible end
        and will be no more.’”
        So the rest of the Chapter is to the King of Tyre, but it is pointing out how Satan was even more powerful and beautiful than the King of Tyre and God brought him to ruin, just as God will bring the King of Tyre to ruin.

        There is no other who was in Eden, the garden of God, and also was anointed as a guardian cherub. All men are born into sin, but Satan was;
        You were blameless in your ways
        from the day you were created
        till wickedness was found in you.

        So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,

        and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
        from among the fiery stones.
        17 Your heart became proud
        on account of your beauty,
        and you corrupted your wisdom
        because of your splendor.

        So I threw you to the earth;

        Although the above passage is written to the King of Tyre, the example God puts forth is Satan.

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