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.