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Ezekiel Chapter 28 | Parsha: Va-'era'

1The word of the Lord came to me: 2O mortal, say to the prince of Tyre: Thus said the Lord God:
Because you have been so haughty and have said, “I am a god; I sit enthroned like a god in the heart of the seas,” whereas you are not a god but a man, though you deemed your mind equal to a god’s—

3Yes, you are wiser than Daniel;
In no hidden matter can anyone
Compare to you.

4By your shrewd understanding
You have gained riches,
And have amassed gold and silver
In your treasuries.

5By your great shrewdness in trade
You have increased your wealth,
And you have grown haughty
Because of your wealth.

6Assuredly, thus said the Lord God: Because you have deemed your mind equal to a god’s,

7I swear I will bring against you
Strangers, the most ruthless of nations.
They shall unsheathe their swords
Against your prized shrewdness,
And they shall strike down your splendor.

8They shall bring you down to the Pit;
In the heart of the sea you shall die
The death of the slain.

9Will you still say, “I am a god”
Before your slayers,
When you are proved a man, not a god,
At the hands of those who strike you down?

10By the hands of strangers you shall die
The death of the uncircumcised;
For I have spoken
—declares the Lord God.

11The word of the Lord came to me: 12O mortal, intone a dirge over the king of Tyre and say to him: Thus said the Lord God:
You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and flawless in beauty.

13You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your adornment:
Carnelian, chrysolite, and amethyst;
Beryl, lapis lazuli, and jasper;
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald;
And gold beautifully wrought for you,
Mined for you, prepared the day you were created.

14I created you as a cherub
With outstretched shielding wings;
And you resided on God’s holy mountain;
You walked among stones of fire.

15You were blameless in your ways,
From the day you were created
Until wrongdoing was found in you.

16By your far-flung commerce
You were filled with lawlessness
And you sinned.
So I have struck you down
From the mountain of God,
And I have destroyed you, O shielding cherub,
From among the stones of fire.

17You grew haughty because of your beauty,
You debased your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
I have cast you to the ground,
I have made you an object for kings to stare at.

18By the greatness of your guilt,
Through the dishonesty of your trading,
You desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire issue from you,
And it has devoured you;
I have reduced you to ashes on the ground,
In the sight of all who behold you.

19All who knew you among the peoples
Are appalled at your doom.
You have become a horror
And have ceased to be forever.

20The word of the Lord came to me: 21O mortal, set your face toward Sidon and prophesy against her. 22Say: Thus said the Lord God:
I am going to deal with you, O Sidon.
I will gain glory in your midst;
And they shall know that I am the Lord,
When I wreak punishment upon her
And show Myself holy through her.

23I will let pestilence loose against her
And bloodshed into her streets.
And the slain shall fall in her midst
When the sword comes upon her from all sides.
And they shall know that I am the Lord.

24Then shall the House of Israel no longer be afflicted with prickling briers and lacerating thorns from all the neighbors who despise them; and they shall know that I am the Lord God.

25Thus said the Lord God: When I have gathered the House of Israel from the peoples among which they have been dispersed, and have shown Myself holy through them in the sight of the nations, they shall settle on their own soil, which I gave to My servant Jacob, 26and they shall dwell on it in security. They shall build houses and plant vineyards, and shall dwell on it in security, when I have meted out punishment to all those about them who despise them. And they shall know that I the Lord am their God.

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