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Ezekiel 28:11-19
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A Lament over the King of Tyre

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

“You were the signet of perfection,1

full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13You were in Eden, the garden of God;

every precious stone was your covering,

sardius, topaz, and diamond,

beryl, onyx, and jasper,

sapphire,2 emerald, and carbuncle;

and crafted in gold were your settings

and your engravings.3

On the day that you were created

they were prepared.

14You were an anointed guardian cherub.

I placed you;4 you were on the holy mountain of God;

in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.

15You were blameless in your ways

from the day you were created,

till unrighteousness was found in you.

16In the abundance of your trade

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

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

and I destroyed you,5 O guardian cherub,

from the midst of the stones of fire.

17Your heart was proud because of your 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.

18By the multitude of your iniquities,

in the unrighteousness of your trade

you profaned your sanctuaries;

so I brought fire out from your midst;

it consumed you,

and I turned you to ashes on the earth

in the sight of all who saw you.

19All who know you among the peoples

are appalled at you;

you have come to a dreadful end

and shall be no more forever.”


  • 1 28:12 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
  • 2 28:13 Or lapis lazuli
  • 3 28:13 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
  • 4 28:14 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
  • 5 28:16 Or banished you

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