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Bible Reading Plan – Day 224

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Prophecy against Ammon

1The LORD spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “denounce the country of Ammon. 3Tell them to listen to what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: you were delighted to see my Temple profaned, to see the land of Israel devastated, to see the people of Judah go into exile. 4Because you were glad, I will let the tribes from the eastern desert conquer you. They will set up their camps in your country and settle there. They will eat the fruit and drink the milk that should have been yours. 5I will turn the city of Rabbah into a place to keep camels, and the whole country of Ammon into a place to keep sheep, so that you will know that I am the LORD.

6“This is what the Sovereign LORD is saying: you clapped your hands and jumped for joy. You despised the land of Israel. 7Because you did, I will hand you over to other nations who will rob you and plunder you. I will destroy you so completely that you will not be a nation any more or have a country of your own. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”

Prophecy against Moab

8The Sovereign LORD said, “Because Moab has said that Judah is like all the other nations, 9I will let the cities that defend the border of Moab be attacked, including even the finest cities — Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and Kiriathaim. 10I will let the tribes of the eastern desert conquer Moab, together with Ammon, so that Moab will no longer be a nation. 11I will punish Moab, and they will know that I am the LORD.”

Prophecy against Edom

12The Sovereign LORD said, “The people of Edom took cruel revenge on Judah, and that revenge has brought lasting guilt on Edom. 13Now I announce that I will punish Edom and kill every person and animal there. I will make it a waste, from the city of Teman to the city of Dedan, and the people will be killed in battle. 14My people Israel will take revenge on Edom for me, and they will make Edom feel my furious anger. Edom will know what it means to be the object of my revenge.” The Sovereign LORD has spoken.

Prophecy against Philistia

15The Sovereign LORD said, “The Philistines have taken cruel revenge on their age-long enemies and destroyed them in their hate. 16And so I am announcing that I will attack the Philistines and wipe them out. I will destroy everyone left living there on the Philistine Plain. 17I will punish them severely and take full revenge on them. They will feel my anger. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

Prophecy against Tyre

1On the first day of the… month of the eleventh year of our exile, the LORD spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “this is what the people in the city of Tyre are cheering about. They shout, ‘Jerusalem is shattered! Her commercial power is gone! She won't be our rival any more!’

3“Now then, this is what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: I am your enemy, city of Tyre. I will bring many nations to attack you, and they will come like the waves of the sea. 4They will destroy your city walls and tear down your towers. Then I will sweep away all the dust and leave only a bare rock. 5Fishermen will dry their nets on it, there where it stands in the sea. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. The nations will plunder Tyre, 6and with their swords they will kill those who live in her towns on the mainland. Then Tyre will know that I am the LORD.”

7The Sovereign LORD says, “I am going to bring the greatest king of all — King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia — to attack Tyre. He will come from the north with a huge army, with horses and chariots and with cavalry. 8Those who live in the towns on the mainland will be killed in the fighting. The enemy will dig trenches, build earthworks, and make a solid wall of shields against you. 9They will pound in your walls with battering rams and tear down your towers with iron bars. 10The clouds of dust raised by their horses will cover you. The noise of their horses pulling wagons and chariots will shake your walls as they pass through the gates of the ruined city. 11Their horsemen will storm through your streets, killing your people with their swords. Your mighty pillars will be thrown to the ground. 12Your enemies will help themselves to your wealth and merchandise. They will pull down your walls and shatter your luxurious houses. They will take the stones and wood and all the rubble, and dump them into the sea. 13I will put an end to all your songs, and I will silence the music of your harps. 14I will leave only a bare rock where fishermen can dry their nets. The city will never be rebuilt. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken.”

15The Sovereign LORD has this to say to the city of Tyre: “When you are being conquered, the people who live along the coast will be terrified at the screams of those who are slaughtered. 16All the kings of the seafaring nations will come down from their thrones. They will take off their robes and their embroidered clothes and sit trembling on the ground. They will be so terrified at your fate that they will not be able to stop trembling. 17They will sing this funeral song for you:

The famous city is destroyed!

Her ships have been swept from the seas.

The people of this city ruled the seas

And terrified all who lived on the coast.

18Now, on the day it has fallen,

The islands are trembling,

And their people are shocked at such destruction.”

19The Sovereign LORD says: “I will make you as desolate as ruined cities where no one lives. I will cover you with the water of the ocean depths. 20I will send you down to the world of the dead to join the people who lived in ancient times. I will make you stay in that underground world among eternal ruins, keeping company with the dead. As a result you will never again be inhabited and take your place in the land of the living. 21I will make you a terrifying example, and that will be the end of you. People may look for you, but you will never be found.” The Sovereign LORD has spoken.

A Funeral Song for Tyre

1The LORD said to me, 2“Mortal man, sing a funeral song for Tyre, 3that city which stands at the edge of the sea and does business with the people living on every seacoast. Tell her what the Sovereign LORD is saying:

“Tyre, you boasted of your perfect beauty.

4Your home is the sea.

Your builders made you like a beautiful ship;

5They used fir trees from Mount Hermon for timber

And a cedar from Lebanon for your mast.

6They took oak trees from Bashan to make oars;

They made your deck out of pine from Cyprus

And inlaid it with ivory.

7Your sails were made of linen,

Embroidered linen from Egypt,

Easily recognized from afar.

Your awnings were made of finest cloth,

Of purple from the island of Cyprus.

8Your oarsmen were from the cities of Sidon and Arvad.

Your own skilful men were the sailors.

9The ship's carpenters

Were well-trained men from Byblos.

Sailors from every seagoing ship

Did business in your shops.

10“Soldiers from Persia, Lydia, and Libya served in your army. They hung their shields and their helmets in your barracks. They are the men who won glory for you. 11Soldiers from Arvad guarded your walls, and men from Gamad guarded your towers. They hung their shields on your walls. They are the men who made you beautiful.

12“You did business in Spain and took silver, iron, tin, and lead in payment for your abundant goods. 13You did business in Greece, Tubal, and Meshech and traded your goods for slaves and for articles of bronze. 14You sold your goods for draught horses, war horses, and mules from Beth Togarmah. 15The people of Rhodes traded with you; people of many coastal lands gave you ivory and ebony in exchange for your goods. 16The people of Syria bought your merchandise and your many products. They gave emeralds, purple cloth, embroidery, fine linen, coral, and rubies in payment for your wares. 17Judah and Israel paid for your goods with wheat, honey, olive oil, and spices. 20The people of Dedan exchanged saddlecloths for your goods. 21The Arabians and the rulers of the land of Kedar paid for your merchandise with lambs, sheep, and goats. 22For your goods the merchants of Sheba and Raamah exchanged jewels, gold, and the finest spices. 23The cities of Haran, Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, the cities of Asshur and Chilmad — they all traded with you. 24They sold you luxurious clothing, purple cloth, and embroidery, brightly coloured carpets, and well-made cords and ropes. 25Your merchandise was carried in fleets of the largest cargo ships.

“You were like a ship at sea

Loaded with heavy cargo.

26When your oarsmen brought you out to sea,

An east wind wrecked you far from land.

27All your wealth of merchandise,

All the sailors in your crew,

Your ship's carpenters and your merchants,

Every soldier on board the ship —

All, all were lost at sea

When your ship was wrecked.

28The shouts of the drowning sailors

Echoed on the shore.

29“Every ship is now deserted,

And every sailor has gone ashore.

30They all mourn bitterly for you,

Throwing dust on their heads and rolling in ashes.

31They shave their heads for you

And dress themselves in sackcloth.

Their hearts are bitter as they weep.

32They chant a funeral song for you:

‘Who can be compared to Tyre,

To Tyre now silent in the sea?

33When your merchandise went overseas,

You filled the needs of every nation.

Kings were made rich

By the wealth of your goods.

34Now you are wrecked in the sea;

You have sunk to the ocean depths.

Your goods and all who worked for you

Have vanished with you in the sea.’

35“Everyone who lives along the coast is shocked at your fate. Even their kings are terrified, and fear is written on their faces. 36You are gone, gone for ever, and merchants all over the world are terrified, afraid that they will share your fate.”

Ezekiel 25:1-27:36GNBOpen in Bible reader
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