A lamentation for the king of Tyre (Ezek 28:11-28:12)


The word of Yahweh

Came to me.

‘Son of man!

Raise a lamentation

Over the king of Tyre!

Say to him!

Thus says Yahweh God!

‘You were the signet

Of perfection,

Full of wisdom,

Perfect in beauty.’”

Now Yahweh wanted Ezekiel to lament about the king of Tyre. Was this the infamous King Ittobaal II (760-740 BCE)? Yahweh called him the sign of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect beauty. That was no small compliment for a person who was a non-Israelite.

The prince of Tyre pretends to be god (Ezek 28:1-28:2)

“The word of Yahweh

Came to me.

‘Son of man!


To the prince of Tyre!

Thus says Yahweh God!

‘Your heart

Is proud!

You have said.

‘I am a god!  

I sit

In the seat

Of the gods

In the heart

Of the seas.’

Yet you are

But a mortal!

You are no god!

Even though

You compare

Your mind

With the mind

Of a god.”

A usual, the word of Yahweh came to Ezekiel, the son of man. He was to tell the prince of Tyre what Yahweh had said. This Tyre prince had a proud heart. He thought that he was a god. He claimed to sit among the gods in the heart of the sea. However, he was just a mere mortal human. He was no god, even though he compared his own mind to that of a god. Was this King Ittobaal II (760-740 BCE), but that would precede the time frame of Ezekiel by over a 100 years.