Ezekiel 26

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The Judgment of Tyre

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There was insular Tyre just off the coast and continental Tyre on land. The seat of commercial power was the island rock. Three chapters are devoted to her downfall-the first on her sin, the second a lamentation over her downfall and the third referring to the specific downfall of her king. This chapter details her sin that she saw the fall of Jerusalem as tending to her commercial advantage, second the instruments of her doom and third the effects it produced on other nations (c.f. Isaiah 23). Although there had been friendly relations between Israel and Tyre in the days of David and Solomon, later Jezebel, daughter of the king of Zidon and the idolatrous practices of these commercial city states were a grieving thorn to Israel (chapter 28:24). Nebuchadnezzar was the beginner of the work of judgment in a thirteen year siege, Alexander then conquered it in 332BC (see U tube ), the Crusaders in 1124 AD and finally the Turks in the 14th century. The coastal states that were planted and depended upon commerce with her were dismayed at her ruin. But there is a glimmer of hope in Isaiah 23:18 fulfilled in Gospel times (Acts 21:3-4).

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Modern Tyre

 

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