Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Ezekiel describes in a prophetic picture the beauty and perfection of Satan in the Garden of Eden. Leading the worship of God, Satan was clothed with garments decorated with beautiful stones, and some believe he was even covered in musical instruments. He was a "mighty angelic guardian" (Ezekiel 28:14), walking among the fiery stones that surround the throne of God.

Satan's high position and beauty led him to imagine himself as the source of that beauty and position. Jesus said that He saw "Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning!" (Luke 10:18). And how great was that fall! He lost everything he could lose and was thrown to the earth, exposed to "the curious gaze of kings" (Ezekiel 28:17).

We must always remember the wisdom of showing reverence to the Lord. To Him alone belongs eternal praise (Psalm 111:10). It may sound like a simple lesson-to walk humbly in the fear of the Lord- but it is the one the devil never learned. To have the fear of the Lord means we always reverence Him as first and never take any praise for ourselves. If we will give God the glory, one day the Church will occupy the position Satan forfeited so long ago.

Ezekiel 27:1-28:26

A Lament Over Tyre

27 The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, take up a lamentS Eze 19:1 concerning Tyre.Say to Tyre,S Ps 83:7 situated at the gateway to the sea,ver 33; Hos 9:13 merchant of peoples on many coasts, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘You say, Tyre,

“I am perfect in beauty.S Isa 23:9; S Eze 16:15

Your domain was on the high seas;

your builders brought your beauty to perfection.Eze 28:12

They made all your timbers

of juniper from SenirThat is, Mount Hermon;S Dt 3:9

they took a cedar from LebanonS Isa 2:13

to make a mast for you.

Of oaksNu 21:33; S Ps 29:9; Jer 22:20; Zec 11:2 from Bashan

they made your oars;

of cypress woodTargum; the Masoretic Text has a different division of the consonants. from the coasts of CyprusS Ge 10:4; Isa 23:12

they made your deck, adorned with ivory.

Fine embroidered linenS Ex 26:36; S Isa 19:9 from Egypt was your sail

and served as your banner;

your awnings were of blue and purpleEx 25:4; Jer 10:9

from the coasts of Elishah.Ge 10:4

Men of Sidon and ArvadGe 10:18 were your oarsmen;

your skilled men, Tyre, were aboard as your sailors.1Ki 9:27

Veteran craftsmen of ByblosS Jos 13:5 were on board

as shipwrights to caulk your seams.

All the ships of the seaS Ps 104:26 and their sailors

came alongside to trade for your wares.

10 “‘Men of Persia,2Ch 36:20; Ezr 1:1; Eze 38:5; Da 8:20 LydiaS Isa 66:19 and PutS Ge 10:6; Eze 30:5; Na 3:9

served as soldiers in your army.

They hung their shieldsSS 4:4 and helmets on your walls,

bringing you splendor.

11 Men of Arvad and Helek

guarded your walls on every side;

men of Gammad

were in your towers.

They hung their shields around your walls;

they brought your beauty to perfection.ver 27

12 “‘TarshishS Ge 10:4 did business with you because of your great wealth of goods;ver 18, 33 they exchanged silver, iron, tin and lead for your merchandise.

13 “‘Greece,Joel 3:6 Tubal and MeshekGe 10:2; Isa 66:19; Eze 32:26; 38:2; 39:1 did business with you; they traded human beingsRev 18:13 and articles of bronze for your wares.

14 “‘Men of Beth TogarmahS Ge 10:3 exchanged chariot horses, cavalry horses and mules for your merchandise.

15 “‘The men of RhodesSeptuagint; Hebrew DedanS Ge 10:7 traded with you, and many coastlandsS Jer 25:22 were your customers; they paid you with ivory1Ki 10:22; Rev 18:12 tusks and ebony.

16 “‘AramMost Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac EdomJdg 10:6; Isa 7:1-8 did business with you because of your many products; they exchanged turquoise,Ex 28:18; 39:11; Eze 28:13 purple fabric, embroidered work, fine linen,S Eze 16:10 coralJob 28:18 and rubies for your merchandise.

17 “‘Judah and Israel traded with you; they exchanged wheatS 1Ki 5:9 from MinnithJdg 11:33 and confections,The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. honey, olive oil and balmS Ge 43:11 for your wares.Ac 12:20

18 “‘DamascusS Ge 14:15; Eze 47:16-18 did business with you because of your many products and great wealth of goods.S ver 12 They offered wine from Helbon, wool from Zahar19 and casks of wine from IzalGe 10:27 in exchange for your wares: wrought iron, cassiaS Ex 30:24 and calamus.

20 “‘DedanS Ge 10:7 traded in saddle blankets with you.

21 “‘ArabiaS 2Ch 9:14 and all the princes of KedarS Ge 25:13; Isa 21:17 were your customers; they did business with you in lambs, rams and goats.

22 “‘The merchants of ShebaS Ge 10:7, 28 and Raamah traded with you; for your merchandise they exchanged the finest of all kinds of spicesS Ge 43:11 and precious stones, and gold.Rev 18:12

23 “‘Harran,S Ge 11:26 Kanneh and EdenS Isa 37:12 and merchants of Sheba, AshurS Ge 10:22; S Nu 24:24 and Kilmad traded with you.24 In your marketplace they traded with you beautiful garments, blue fabric, embroidered work and multicolored rugs with cords twisted and tightly knotted.

25 “‘The ships of TarshishS Ge 10:4; Isa 2:16 fn serve

as carriers for your wares.

You are filled with heavy cargo

as you sail the sea.Rev 18:3

26 Your oarsmen take you

out to the high seas.

But the east windS Ge 41:6; Jer 18:17 will break you to pieces

far out at sea.

27 Your wealth,Pr 11:4 merchandise and wares,

your mariners, sailors and shipwrights,

your merchants and all your soldiers,

and everyone else on board

will sink into the heart of the seaEze 28:8

on the day of your shipwreck.

28 The shorelands will quakeS Jer 49:21

when your sailors cry out.

29 All who handle the oars

will abandon their ships;

the mariners and all the sailors

will stand on the shore.

30 They will raise their voice

and cry bitterly over you;

they will sprinkle dustS Jos 7:6; S 2Sa 1:2 on their heads

and rollS Jer 6:26 in ashes.Rev 18:18-19

31 They will shave their headsS Lev 13:40; S Job 1:20; S Isa 3:17; S Jer 48:37 because of you

and will put on sackcloth.

They will weepS Isa 16:9; Rev 18:15 over you with anguish of soul

and with bitter mourning.S Est 4:1; Job 3:20; Isa 22:12; Jer 6:26; S La 2:10; S Eze 7:18

32 As they wail and mourn over you,

they will take up a lamentS Eze 19:1 concerning you:

“Who was ever silenced like Tyre,

surrounded by the sea?Isa 23:1-6; Eze 26:5

33 When your merchandise went out on the seas,S ver 3

you satisfied many nations;

with your great wealthS ver 12; Eze 28:4-5 and your wares

you enriched the kings of the earth.

34 Now you are shattered by the sea

in the depths of the waters;

your wares and all your company

have gone down with you.Zec 9:4

35 All who live in the coastlandsS Eze 26:15

are appalledS Lev 26:32; S Job 18:20 at you;

their kings shudder with horror

and their faces are distorted with fear.S Eze 26:17-18; 32:10

36 The merchants among the nations scoff at you;Jer 19:8; S 49:17; S 50:13; Zep 2:15

you have come to a horrible end

and will be no more.S Ps 37:10, 36; S Eze 26:21’”

A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

28 The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of manS Isa 13:11, 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 throneS Isa 14:13 of a god

in the heart of the seas.”Zep 2:15

But you are a mere mortal and not a god,

though you think you are as wise as a god.S Ge 3:5; S Ps 9:20; 82:6-7; S Eze 16:49; 2Th 2:4

Are you wiser than DanielOr Danel, a man of renown in ancient literature?S Eze 14:14; Da 1:20; 2:20-23, 28; 5:11-12

Is no secret hidden from you?

By your wisdom and understanding

you have gained wealth for yourself

and amassed gold and silver

in your treasuries.Isa 10:13; Zec 9:3

By your great skill in tradingS Isa 23:8

you have increased your wealth,S Jer 9:23; S Eze 27:33

and because of your wealth

your heart has grown proud.S Job 31:25; Ps 52:7; 62:10; Hos 12:8; 13:6

“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Because you think you are wise,

as wise as a god,

I am going to bring foreigners against you,

the most ruthless of nations;Eze 30:11; 31:12; 32:12; Hab 1:6

they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdomJer 9:23

and pierce your shining splendor.S Eze 7:24

They will bring you down to the pit,S Ps 55:23; Eze 32:30

and you will die a violent deathRev 18:7

in the heart of the seas.S Eze 26:12; 27:27

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,S Isa 31:3

in the hands of those who slay you.S Eze 16:49

10 You will die the death of the uncircumcisedS 1Sa 14:6; S Jer 9:26; Eze 32:19, 24

at the hands of foreigners.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

11 The word of the Lord came to me:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentS Eze 19:1 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.Eze 27:2-4

13 You were in Eden,S Ge 2:8

the garden of God;Eze 31:8-9

every precious stoneRev 17:4 adorned you:

carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,

topaz, onyx and jasper,

lapis lazuli, turquoiseS Eze 27:16 and beryl.The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.

Your settings and mountingsThe meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. were made of gold;

on the day you were created they were prepared.Isa 14:11; Rev 21:20

14 You were anointedEx 30:26; 40:9 as a guardian cherub,Ex 25:17-20

for so I ordained you.

You were on the holy mount of God;

you walked among the fiery stones.

15 You 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,S Ge 6:11; Hab 2:17

and you sinned.

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

and I expelled you, guardian cherub,S Ge 3:24

from among the fiery stones.

17 Your heart became proudIsa 10:12; Eze 16:49; 31:10

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.S Eze 19:12

18 By your many sins and dishonest trade

you have desecrated your sanctuaries.

So I made a fireOb 1:18 come out from you,

and it consumed you,

and I reduced you to ashesMal 4:3 on the ground

in the sight of all who were watching.Zec 9:2-4

19 All the nations who knew you

are appalledS Lev 26:32 at you;

you have come to a horrible end

and will be no more.S Jer 51:64; S Eze 26:21’”

A Prophecy Against Sidon

20 The word of the Lord came to me:21 “Son of man, set your face againstS Eze 13:17 Sidon;S Ge 10:15; S Jer 25:22 prophesy against her22 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I am against you, Sidon,

and among you I will display my glory.Eze 39:13

You will know that I am the Lord,

when I inflict punishmentEze 30:19 on you

and within you am proved to be holy.S Lev 10:3

23 I will send a plague upon you

and make blood flow in your streets.

The slain will fall within you,

with the sword against you on every side.

Then you will know that I am the Lord.S Eze 5:17; 38:22

24 “‘No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns.S Isa 5:6; S Eze 2:6 Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.

25 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gatherPs 106:47; Jer 32:37 the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered,S Isa 11:12 I will be proved holyS Eze 20:41 through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob.Jer 12:15; 23:8; S Eze 11:17; 34:27; 37:2526 They will live there in safetyS Lev 25:18; S 1Ki 4:25; S Jer 17:25 and will build houses and plantS Dt 20:6 vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishmentS Ps 149:9 on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.S Isa 65:21; S Jer 32:15; Eze 38:8; 39:26-27; Hos 2:15; 11:11; Am 9:14-15’”

The End of Tyre’s Glory

27 Then this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, sing a funeral song for Tyre,that mighty gateway to the sea, the trading center of the world. Give Tyre this message from the Sovereign Lord:

“You boasted, O Tyre,

‘My beauty is perfect!’

You extended your boundaries into the sea.

Your builders made your beauty perfect.

You were like a great ship

built of the finest cypress from Senir.Or Hermon.

They took a cedar from Lebanon

to make a mast for you.

They carved your oars

from the oaks of Bashan.

Your deck of pine from the coasts of CyprusHebrew Kittim.

was inlaid with ivory.

Your sails were made of Egypt’s finest linen,

and they flew as a banner above you.

You stood beneath blue and purple awnings

made bright with dyes from the coasts of Elishah.

Your oarsmen came from Sidon and Arvad;

your helmsmen were skilled men from Tyre itself.

Wise old craftsmen from Gebal did the caulking.

Ships from every land came with goods to barter for your trade.

10 “Men from distant Persia, Lydia, and LibyaHebrew Paras, Lud, and Put. served in your great army. They hung their shields and helmets on your walls, giving you great honor.11 Men from Arvad and Helech stood on your walls. Your towers were manned by men from Gammad. Their shields hung on your walls, completing your beauty.

12 “Tarshish sent merchants to buy your wares in exchange for silver, iron, tin, and lead.13 Merchants from Greece,Hebrew Javan. Tubal, and Meshech brought slaves and articles of bronze to trade with you.

14 “From Beth-togarmah came riding horses, chariot horses, and mules, all in exchange for your goods.15 Merchants came to you from Dedan.Greek version reads Rhodes. Numerous coastlands were your captive markets; they brought payment in ivory tusks and ebony wood.

16 “SyriaHebrew Aram; some manuscripts read Edom. sent merchants to buy your rich variety of goods. They traded turquoise, purple dyes, embroidery, fine linen, and jewelry of coral and rubies.17 Judah and Israel traded for your wares, offering wheat from Minnith, figs,The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. honey, olive oil, and balm.

18 “Damascus sent merchants to buy your rich variety of goods, bringing wine from Helbon and white wool from Zahar.19 Greeks from UzalHebrew Vedan and Javan from Uzal. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. came to trade for your merchandise. Wrought iron, cassia, and fragrant calamus were bartered for your wares.

20 “Dedan sent merchants to trade their expensive saddle blankets with you.21 The Arabians and the princes of Kedar sent merchants to trade lambs and rams and male goats in exchange for your goods.22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah came with all kinds of spices, jewels, and gold in exchange for your wares.

23 “Haran, Canneh, Eden, Sheba, Asshur, and Kilmad came with their merchandise, too.24 They brought choice fabrics to trade—blue cloth, embroidery, and multicolored carpets rolled up and bound with cords.25 The ships of Tarshish were your ocean caravans. Your island warehouse was filled to the brim!

The Destruction of Tyre

26 “But look! Your oarsmen

have taken you into stormy seas!

A mighty eastern gale

has wrecked you in the heart of the sea!

27 Everything is lost—

your riches and wares,

your sailors and pilots,

your ship builders, merchants, and warriors.

On the day of your ruin,

everyone on board sinks into the depths of the sea.

28 Your cities by the sea tremble

as your pilots cry out in terror.

29 All the oarsmen abandon their ships;

the sailors and pilots stand on the shore.

30 They cry aloud over you

and weep bitterly.

They throw dust on their heads

and roll in ashes.

31 They shave their heads in grief for you

and dress themselves in burlap.

They weep for you with bitter anguish

and deep mourning.

32 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?

33 The merchandise you traded

satisfied the desires of many nations.

Kings at the ends of the earth

were enriched by your trade.

34 Now you are a wrecked ship,

broken at the bottom of the sea.

All your merchandise and crew

have gone down with you.

35 All who live along the coastlands

are appalled at your terrible fate.

Their kings are filled with horror

and look on with twisted faces.

36 The merchants among the nations

shake their heads at the sight of you,Hebrew hiss at you.

for you have come to a horrible end

and will exist no more.’”

A Message for Tyre’s King

28 Then this message came to me from the Lord:“Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign Lord:

“In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god!

I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’

But you are only a man and not a god,

though you boast that you are a god.

You regard yourself as wiser than Daniel

and think no secret is hidden from you.

With your wisdom and understanding you have amassed great wealth—

gold and silver for your treasuries.

Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich,

and your riches have made you very proud.

“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

Because you think you are as wise as a god,

I will now bring against you a foreign army,

the terror of the nations.

They will draw their swords against your marvelous wisdom

and defile your splendor!

They will bring you down to the pit,

and you will die in the heart of the sea,

pierced with many wounds.

Will you then boast, ‘I am a god!’

to those who kill you?

To them you will be no god

but merely a man!

10 You will die like an outcastHebrew will die the death of the uncircumcised.

at the hands of foreigners.

I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

11 Then this further message came to me from the Lord:12 “Son of man, sing this funeral song for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord:

“You were the model of perfection,

full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty.

13 You were in Eden,

the garden of God.

Your clothing was adorned with every precious stoneThe identification of some of these gemstones is uncertain.

red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone,

blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper,

blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald—

all beautifully crafted for you

and set in the finest gold.

They were given to you

on the day you were created.

14 I ordained and anointed you

as the mighty angelic guardian.Hebrew guardian cherub; similarly in 28:16.

You had access to the holy mountain of God

and walked among the stones of fire.

15 “You were blameless in all you did

from the day you were created

until the day evil was found in you.

16 Your rich commerce led you to violence,

and you sinned.

So I banished you in disgrace

from the mountain of God.

I expelled you, O mighty guardian,

from your place among the stones of fire.

17 Your heart was filled with pride

because of all your beauty.

Your wisdom was corrupted

by your love of splendor.

So I threw you to the ground

and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.

18 You defiled your sanctuaries

with your many sins and your dishonest trade.

So I brought fire out from within you,

and it consumed you.

I reduced you to ashes on the ground

in the sight of all who were watching.

19 All who knew you are appalled at your fate.

You have come to a terrible end,

and you will exist no more.”

A Message for Sidon

20 Then another message came to me from the Lord:21 “Son of man, turn and face the city of Sidon and prophesy against it.22 Give the people of Sidon this message from the Sovereign Lord:

“I am your enemy, O Sidon,

and I will reveal my glory by what I do to you.

When I bring judgment against you

and reveal my holiness among you,

everyone watching will know

that I am the Lord.

23 I will send a plague against you,

and blood will be spilled in your streets.

The attack will come from every direction,

and your people will lie slaughtered within your walls.

Then everyone will know

that I am the Lord.

24 No longer will Israel’s scornful neighbors

prick and tear at her like briers and thorns.

For then they will know

that I am the Sovereign Lord.

Restoration for Israel

25 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Israel will again live in their own land, the land I gave my servant Jacob. For I will gather them from the distant lands where I have scattered them. I will reveal to the nations of the world my holiness among my people.26 They will live safely in Israel and build homes and plant vineyards. And when I punish the neighboring nations that treated them with contempt, they will know that I am the Lord their God.”

27 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

28 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

20 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it,

22 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.

23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord God.

25 Thus saith the Lord God; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.

26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the Lord their God.

Hebrews 11:17-31

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.Ge 22:1-10; Jas 2:21 He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”Gen. 21:12Ge 21:12; Ro 9:719 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead,Ro 4:21; S Jn 5:21 and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.Ge 27:27-29, 39, 40

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons,Ge 48:1, 8-22 and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.Ge 50:24, 25; Ex 13:19; Jos 24:32

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born,Ex 2:2 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.Ex 1:16, 22

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.Ex 2:10, 1125 He chose to be mistreatedver 37 along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.26 He regarded disgraceHeb 13:13 for the sake of ChristLk 14:33 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.Heb 10:3527 By faith he left Egypt,Ex 12:50, 51 not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer1Co 10:10 of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.Ex 12:21-23

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.Ex 14:21-31

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.Jos 6:12-20

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.Or unbelievingJos 2:1, 9-14; 6:22-25; Jas 2:25

17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.”Gen 21:12.19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

20 It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

22 It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Psalm 111:1-10

Psalm 111This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah

I will extol the LordPs 34:1; 109:30; 115:18; 145:10 with all my heartS Ps 9:1

in the councilPs 89:7 of the upright and in the assembly.S Ps 1:5

Great are the worksS Job 36:24; Ps 143:5; Rev 15:3 of the Lord;

they are pondered by allPs 64:9 who delight in them.

Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

and his righteousness enduresPs 112:3, 9; 119:142 forever.

He has caused his wonders to be remembered;

the Lord is gracious and compassionate.S Dt 4:31; S Ps 86:15

He provides foodS Ge 1:30; S Ps 37:25; Mt 6:26, 31-33 for those who fear him;Ps 103:11

he remembers his covenantS 1Ch 16:15; S Ps 105:8 forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,Ps 64:9; S 66:3, 5

giving them the lands of other nations.S Ps 105:44

The works of his handsS Ps 92:4 are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.Ps 19:7; 119:128

They are established for everPs 119:89, 152, 160; Isa 40:8; S Mt 5:18 and ever,

enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

He provided redemptionPs 34:22; S 103:4; 130:7; Lk 1:68 for his people;

he ordained his covenant forever—

holy and awesomePs 30:4; 99:3; Lk 1:49 is his name.

10 The fear of the LordS Job 23:15; S Ps 19:9 is the beginning of wisdom;Dt 4:6

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.S Dt 4:6; Ps 119:98, 104, 130

To him belongs eternal praise.Ps 28:6; 89:52

Psalm 111This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; after the introductory note of praise, each line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart

as I meet with his godly people.

How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!

All who delight in him should ponder them.

Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.

His righteousness never fails.

He causes us to remember his wonderful works.

How gracious and merciful is our Lord!

He gives food to those who fear him;

he always remembers his covenant.

He has shown his great power to his people

by giving them the lands of other nations.

All he does is just and good,

and all his commandments are trustworthy.

They are forever true,

to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.

He has paid a full ransom for his people.

He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.

What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!

10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.

All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever!

111 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 27:15-16

15 A quarrelsome wife is like the drippingS Est 1:18

of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;

16 restraining her is like restraining the wind

or grasping oil with the hand.

15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying

as constant dripping on a rainy day.

16 Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind

or trying to hold something with greased hands.

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

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