Ezekiel 27–29; 1 Peter 3

A Lament for Tyre

27 The word of the Lord came to me: Now you, tson of man, uraise a lamentation over Tyre, and say to Tyre, who dwells at vthe entrances to the sea, wmerchant of the peoples to many coastlands, thus says the Lord God:

O Tyre, you have said,

I am xperfect in beauty.

Your borders are yin the heart of the seas;

your builders made perfect your beauty.

They made all your planks

of fir trees from zSenir;

they took aa cedar from Lebanon

to make a mast for you.

Of boaks of Bashan

they made your oars;

they made your deck of pines

from cthe coasts of Cyprus,

inlaid with ivory.

dOf fine embroidered linen from Egypt

was your sail,

serving as your banner;

blue and purple from cthe coasts of Elishah

was your awning.

The inhabitants of Sidon and eArvad

were your rowers;

your skilled men, O Tyre, were in you;

they were fyour pilots.

The elders of gGebal and her skilled men were in you,

hcaulking your seams;

all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you

to barter for your wares.

10 iPersia and jLud and iPut were in your army as your men of war. kThey hung the shield and helmet in you; they gave you splendor. 11 Men of eArvad and Helech were on your walls all around, and men of Gamad were in your towers. They hung their shields on your walls all around; they made xperfect your beauty.

12 lTarshish did mbusiness with you because of your great wealth of every kind; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your nwares. 13 oJavan, pTubal, and pMeshech traded with you; they exchanged human beings and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 From qBeth-togarmah they exchanged horses, war horses, and mules rfor your wares. 15 The men of sDedan1 traded with you. Many coastlands were your own special markets; they brought you in payment ivory tusks and ebony. 16 Syria tdid business with you because of your abundant goods; they exchanged for your wares uemeralds, upurple, vembroidered work, wfine linen, coral, and xruby. 17 Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise ywheat of zMinnith, meal,2 honey, oil, and abalm. 18 bDamascus did business with you for your abundant goods, because of your great wealth of every kind; wine of Helbon and cwool of Sahar 19 and casks of wine3 from Uzal they exchanged for your wares; wrought iron, dcassia, and ecalamus were bartered for your merchandise. 20 Dedan traded with you in saddlecloths for riding. 21 Arabia and all the princes of fKedar were your favored dealers fin lambs, rams, and goats; in these they did business with you. 22 The traders of gSheba and gRaamah traded with you; they exchanged hfor your wares ithe best of all kinds of spices and all precious stones and gold. 23 jHaran, Canneh, jEden, traders of Sheba, kAsshur, and Chilmad traded with you. 24 In your market these traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of lblue and lembroidered work, and in carpets of colored material, bound with cords and made secure. 25 mThe ships of nTarshish traveled for you with your merchandise. So you were filled and heavily laden oin the heart of the seas.

26  Your rowers have brought you out

into the high seas.

pThe east wind has wrecked you

in the heart of the seas.

27  Your riches, your wares, your merchandise,

your mariners and qyour pilots,

ryour caulkers, your dealers in merchandise,

and all your men of war who are in you,

with all your crew

that is in your midst,

sink into the heart of the seas

son the day of your fall.

28  At the sound of the cry of your pilots

tthe countryside shakes,

29  and down from their ships

ucome all who handle the oar.

The mariners and all the pilots of the sea

stand on the land

30  uand shout aloud over you

and cry out bitterly.

vThey cast dust on their heads

wand wallow in ashes;

31  they xmake themselves bald for you

and put sackcloth on their waist,

and they weep over you in bitterness of soul,

with bitter mourning.

32  In their wailing they yraise a lamentation for you

and lament over you:

zWho is like Tyre,

like one destroyed in the midst of the sea?

33  When your wares came from the seas,

ayou satisfied many peoples;

with your abundant wealth and merchandise

ayou enriched the kings of the earth.

34  Now byou are wrecked by the seas,

in the depths of the waters;

your merchandise and all your crew in your midst

have sunk with you.

35  cAll the inhabitants of the coastlands

are appalled at you,

and dthe hair of their kings bristles with horror;

their faces are convulsed.

36  eThe merchants among the peoples fhiss at you;

gyou have come to a dreadful end

and shall be no more forever.

Prophecy Against the Prince of Tyre

28 The word of the Lord came to me: hSon of man, say to ithe prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God:

jBecause your heart is proud,

and kyou have said, I am a god,

I sit in the seat of the gods,

in the heart of the seas,

yet lyou are but a man, and no god,

mthough you make your heart like the heart of a god

nyou are indeed wiser othan pDaniel;

no secret is hidden from you;

by your wisdom and your understanding

qyou have made wealth for yourself,

and have gathered gold and silver

into your treasuries;

by your great wisdom in your trade

you have increased your wealth,

and jyour heart has become proud in your wealth

therefore thus says the Lord God:

rBecause you make your heart

like the heart of a god,

therefore, behold, I will bring sforeigners upon you,

the most ruthless of the nations;

and they shall draw their swords against tthe beauty of your wisdom

and defile tyour splendor.

uThey shall thrust you down into the pit,

vand you shall die the death of the slain

in the heart of the seas.

wWill you still say, I am a god,

in the presence of those who kill you,

though lyou are but a man, and no god,

in the hands of those who slay you?

10  xYou shall die the death of the uncircumcised

by the hand of foreigners;

yfor I have spoken, declares the Lord God.

A Lament over the King of Tyre

11 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: 12 zSon of man, araise a lamentation over bthe king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:

You were the signet of perfection,4

cfull of wisdom and dperfect in beauty.

13  You were in eEden, the garden of God;

fevery precious stone was your covering,

gsardius, topaz, and diamond,

beryl, onyx, and jasper,

sapphire,5 femerald, and carbuncle;

and crafted in gold were your settings

and your engravings.6

iOn the day that you were created

they were prepared.

14  You were an anointed jguardian cherub.

I placed you;7 you were on kthe holy mountain of God;

in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.

15  You were blameless in your ways

lfrom the day you were created,

till unrighteousness was found in you.

16  In the abundance of myour trade

you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;

so I cast you as a profane thing from kthe mountain of God,

and I destroyed you,8 jO guardian cherub,

from the midst of the stones of fire.

17  nYour heart was proud because of oyour 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 pI brought fire out from your midst;

it consumed you,

and I turned you to ashes on the earth

qin the sight of all who saw you.

19  All who know you among the peoples

are appalled at you;

ryou have come to a dreadful end

and shall be no more forever.

Prophecy Against Sidon

20 The word of the Lord came to me: 21 sSon of man, tset your face toward uSidon, and tprophesy against her 22 and say, Thus says the Lord God:

Behold, vI am against you, O Sidon,

and wI will manifest my glory in your midst.

And xthey shall know that I am the Lord

ywhen I execute judgments in her

and zmanifest my holiness in her;

23  for I will send apestilence into her,

and blood into her streets;

and the slain shall fall in her midst,

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 bthere shall be no more a brier to prick or ca thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors dwho have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord God.

Israel Gathered in Security

25 Thus says the Lord God: eWhen I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and zmanifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, fthen they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 gAnd they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, hwhen I execute judgments upon all their neighbors dwho have treated them with contempt. xThen they will know that I am the Lord their God.

Prophecy Against Egypt

29 iIn the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: jSon of man, kset your face against lPharaoh king of Egypt, mand prophesy against him and nagainst all Egypt; speak, and say, Thus says the Lord God:

oBehold, I am against you,

Pharaoh king of Egypt,

pthe great dragon that lies

in the midst of his streams,

qthat says, My Nile is my own;

I made it for myself.

I will rput 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

that stick to your scales.

sAnd I will cast you out into the wilderness,

you and all the fish of your streams;

you shall fall ton the open field,

and unot be brought together or gathered.

To the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the heavens

sI give you as food.

Then all the inhabitants of Egypt vshall know that I am the Lord.

Because you9 have been wa staff of reed to the house of Israel, xwhen they grasped you with the hand, you broke and tore all their shoulders; and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins to shake.10 Therefore thus says the Lord God: yBehold, I will bring a sword upon you, and will cut off from you man and beast, and the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste. vThen they will know that I am the Lord.

zBecause you11 said, The Nile is mine, and I made it, 10 therefore, zbehold, I am against you and aagainst your streams, and aI will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, bfrom Migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Cush. 11 cNo foot of man shall pass through it, and no foot of beast shall pass through it; it shall be uninhabited forty years. 12 dAnd 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. eI will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them through the countries.

13 For thus says the Lord God: At the end of forty years fI will gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom they were scattered, 14 and gI will restore the fortunes of Egypt and bring them back to hthe 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, iand 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 jthe reliance of the house of Israel, recalling their iniquity, when they turn to them for aid. kThen they will know that I am the Lord God.

17 lIn the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 18 mSon of man, nNebuchadnezzar 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 her. 19 Therefore thus says the Lord God: oBehold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; pand he shall carry off its wealth12 qand despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army. 20 rI have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he labored, because they worked for me, declares the Lord God.

21 On that day sI will cause a horn to spring up for the house of Israel, and tI will open your lips among them. uThen they will know that I am the Lord.


Wives and Husbands

Likewise, wives, kbe subject to your own husbands, so that leven if some do not obey the word, mthey may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your nrespectful and pure conduct. oDo not let your adorning be externalthe braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear but let your adorning be pthe hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, qcalling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and rdo not fear anything that is frightening.

Likewise, shusbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker tvessel, since they are heirs with you1 of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake

Finally, all of you, uhave unity of mind, sympathy, vbrotherly love, wa tender heart, and xa humble mind. yDo not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, zbless, for ato this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

bWhoever desires to love life

and see good days,

let him keep his tongue from evil

and his lips from speaking deceit;

11  let him turn away from evil and do good;

let him seek peace and pursue it.

12  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are open to their prayer.

But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

13 Now cwho is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 dBut even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. eHave no fear of them, fnor be troubled, 15 but gin your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, halways being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and irespect, 16 jhaving a good conscience, so that, kwhen you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For lit is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also msuffered2 nonce for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, othat he might bring us to God, being put to death pin the flesh but made alive qin the spirit, 19 in which3 he went and qproclaimed4 to the spirits in prison, 20 because5 they formerly did not obey, rwhen God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, swhile the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, teight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, unow saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but vas an appeal to God for a good conscience, wthrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and xis at the right hand of God, ywith angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.