Keep in mind that in ancient days, the prophets sometimes used funeral lamentations in a satirical manner to poke fun at the enemies of God. (Wiersbe), ii. The Saracens in the 14th century ADfinally obliterated the city of Tyre. (Block). Changes will take effect once you reload the page. '"[1], Regarding the date of this chapter, Keil identified it as "the year in which Jerusalem fell. No one consigned to Sheol ever returns. (Block), (c) 2021 TheEnduring WordBible Commentary by David Guzik ewm@enduringword.com. c. They will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the midst of the water: When Alexander the Great came against Tyre, most of the people retreated to the island portion of the city which even Nebuchadnezzar could not conquer. And they will take up a lamentation for you, and say to you: How you have perished, There were several ways in which Jerusalem was indeed the "gate of the people." That God would scrape her dust from her took place when Alexander the Great built a great mole out to the island fortress, took it, and then scraped the whole city into the ocean! Will the coastlands not shake at the sound of your fall: The fall of the great city of Tyre would be a horror and a warning to the other cities on the Mediterranean coast. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Now the coastlands tremble on the day of your fall; Furthermore, we cannot rule out the possibility of an unrecorded repentance by Tyre. The rejoicing of Tyre over the fall of Jerusalem indicated that, "Tyre considered herself the heiress of Jerusalem. God's promise through Jonah to overthrow Nineveh in forty days was not fulfilled. [6] No doubt Lydia (Acts 16), a "seller of purple" had her connections with Tyre. i. Nebuchadnezzar now turned his attention to Tyre, which held out on its island for thirteen years. Besides that, there are indeed Biblical examples of prophecies that were not fulfilled. mentions a Babylonian high commissioner, alongside Tyre's native king (evidently a vassal of Nebuchadnezzar). All such seats of custom were under the control of Jerusalem until its fall. O one inhabited by seafaring men, "[20], "Thus saith the Lord Jehovah to Tyre: Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded groan, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee? (Arabic) , Nederlandstalige Bijbelstudies door Stan Marinussen, Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will heap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a defense against you. These merchant princes were not actually kings. Here, Ezekiel actually used a slightly different form of his name (Nebuchadrezzar), often used in Babylonian writings. 1 Kings 7:15). c. He will slay your people by the sword: Nebuchadnezzar laid siege against the mainland portion of Tyre for 13 years and conquered that part of the city, subjugating all of Tyre under his rule. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. ;[12] then, there was Alexander the Great (332 B.C. c. They shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers: Despite her strongly defended position, God promised that Tyre would indeed be destroyed. "[14] It would be helpful if some of our radical "scholars" would read Jeremiah 18:7-10. They were agents of Tyre, and the meaning here is that the source of their power, wealth, and glory had dried up. The prophecy which begins in this chapter is concluded in Ezekiel 28:19. I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt no more have any being; though thou be sought for, yet shall thou never be found again, saith the Lord Jehovah.". Come down from their thrones: The Hebrew word can refer to any chair of an official (1 Samuel 4:13), not exclusively to the royal throne, although it is used mainly in that connection. (Feinberg). Though you are sought for, you will never be found again: What a contrast to this are the words of Jeremiah 50:20: In those days the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found. Refuse the love of God, and you are doomed; you will leave no enduring record. Who caused their terror to be on all her inhabitants! One of the most notable was Alexander the Great in 332 BC, who brought great destruction. They destroyed the city so thoroughly that its remains have only been found with great time and difficulty. This speaks of the realm of the dead, where the lost are judged. i.

His agenda remains the same, to establish glory in the land of the living. "This is probably reference to the pillars associated with the temple of Melkart, the pagan god worshipped in Tyre.

In addition to the supporting cities and villages on the mainland, Tyre had also established a wide network of commercial establishments all over the Mediterranean world, which some believe included Tarshish on the coast of Spain; and, at one time, Carthage paid a yearly tribute to Tyre. [5] The chief representatives of Tyre in all of such centers were important leaders, called `princes' in this chapter, "the merchant princes" of antiquity. With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. The heartless old slave traders of Tyre had been the terror of mankind, but for the thirteen year siege against them by Nebuchadnezzar, they allowed the evil slave trade to rest! It was Jezebel, the daughter of Eth-Baal, king of the Sidonians, who brought the whole pagan institution into Israel in the days of Ahab, precipitating the contest with Elijah on Mount Carmel. Tyre, and its sister city Sidon were pagan to the center of their existence. And they shall take up a lamentation over thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that west inhabited by seafaring men, the renowned city that was strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, that caused their terror to be on all that dwelt there! We need 2 cookies to store this setting. This may have been due to the importance of Tyre at that particular time. "[17] These pillars were described by Herodotus. Not even he could save the city. Nebuchadnezzar would bring much death and destruction, complete with battering rams and axes to break down towers. (Ezekiel 26:8). Cooke alleged that the siege of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar was "probably inconclusive. However, in that passage Ezekiel was referring only to a "single wave" of the many that came against Tyre. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her a bare rock. They were therefore downgraded and humiliated. "[2] Alexander gave that date as 587-586 B.C.[3]. As for the promise that these should never more be rebuilt, this was certainly true of all that was scraped into the sea for the purpose of building the mole out to the walls of the citadel on the island. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. "He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field." b. I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth: This wasnt speaking of geography, such as the Dead Sea region (1400 feet or 430 meters below sea level). They will plunder your riches: There is a subtle but significant change from Ezekiel 26:7-11 to 26:12-14. d. I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets: Once again the doom and destruction of Tyre is announced, even as in Ezekiel 26:4-5. I will make you a terror, and you shall be no more; though you are sought for, you will never be found again, says the Lord GOD.. The magnificent structures of the commercial capital of the Mediterranean will be replaced by fishermens nets, spread out on the bare rock to dry, in the midst of the sea. It is of interest that, "In the Hebrew Bible, there is a marginal note at the beginning of this chapter, which reads, `half of the book. These impressive pillars would be demolished by the invader. (Feinberg). Who was strong at sea, i. "These daughters were the suburbs and dependences on the mainland. The destruction would be so complete that the city would be bare like the top of a rock, and a place for spreading nets in the midst of the sea. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. And he shall set his battering engines against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers. Throughout history, many nations would come and continually crash against her like the waves of the sea. "It is possible that Tyre was spared because of an unrecorded repentance. The point is that Tyre would disappear from the land of the livingfrom the stage of historyand never be found again. (Smith). Her responsibility and judgment would be less than that of the Galileans who rejected Christs constant ministry to them (Matt 11:2122; Luke 10:1314). (Alexander). Those in Tyre could not realize that the destruction of Jerusalem meant the same fate awaited them; but these 'princes' realized that they also were involved in the fate of Tyre. A few commentators, quoting Ezekiel 29:18, insist that "this prophecy was not fulfilled." Though some might look for her, she would not be found. (Alexander), ii. Their destruction would be so complete that archaeologists would do their work with difficulty: though you are sought for, you will never be found again. Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre: Will the coastlands not shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry, when slaughter is made in the midst of you? She shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah; and she shall become a spoil to the nations. "It refers to what the Romans called a `testudo'. "The mourning of these `princes' indicated that they had better judgment than the rulers of Tyre. Due to Jerusalem's location as a kind of center-piece for three continents, she sat astride the principle trade-routes of the world, able to impose taxes upon all who passed through her borders. "A roof of shields " (Ezekiel 26:8). "And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, because that Tyre hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gate of the people; she is turned unto me; I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste: therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Behold, I am against thee, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth its waves to come up. i. Certainly Alexander the Great literally threw Tyres stones, timber and rubble into the sea when he built a one-half mile causeway out to the island fortress to conquer the city. (Alexander), ii. For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people. The top of a rock: The name Tyre means, rock. When God said He would make her a bare outcropping of rock, it was a play upon her name. "The renowned city that caused her terror to fall upon all " (Ezekiel 26:17). Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. "[16] It was a portable light roof covered with military shields, under the protection of which soldiers could deploy their battering rams against an enemy wall. Jezebel was the wife of Ahab. They will sit on the ground, tremble every moment, and be astonished at you: The princes of those other cities on the Mediterranean coast would humble themselves in great fear that the same destruction would come upon them. i. The colonies of Phoenicia were in Cyprus, Rhodes, Malta, Spain, Sicily, Sardinia, the Balearic Islands and Africa, with all looking to Tyre as their headquarters, and sending annual gifts to the Tyrian Heracles. (Feinberg). The cruel selfishness of those old slave-traders in Tyre led them to look with greedy delight upon any disaster that befell Jerusalem. And I will make thee a bare rock: thou shalt be a place for the spreading of nets; thou shalt be built no more: for I Jehovah have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah.". Why? i. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. All of these prophecies were most circumstantially fulfilled. She and her inhabitants, "Thy pillars shall be brought down to the ground " (Ezekiel 26:11). Then all the princes of the sea will come down from their thrones, lay aside their robes, and take off their embroidered garments; they will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble every moment, and be astonished at you. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Pit: Refers primarily to a cistern in which rainwater is trapped and stored, but it was also applied to empty cisterns used as dungeons (Exodus 12:29; Jeremiah 37:16; 38:613), or convenient places in which to dump corpses (Jeremiah 41:79). (Block), ii. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. "She that was the gate of the people " (Ezekiel 26:2). It truly became a place for spreading nets. ", "Thy pillars shall be brought down to the ground ", "The renowned city that caused her terror to fall upon all ", "The princes shall come down from their thrones ", "Yet thou shalt never be found again ". a. "[23] Of course, there are other passages, here and there, throughout the Old Testament which indeed give glimpses of the resurrection from the dead; and for these we humbly thank God and praise his holy name; but the tragic passage here is not one of those passages. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, "She that was the gate of the people ", "He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field. "For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: For behold I will bring upon Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and a company, and much people. Throughout the book of Ezekiel many references have been made to the king of Babylon, but Ezekiel 26:7 is the first mention of Nebuchadnezzar by name. flip commentary