Ezekiel 27:1-24 (NIV) 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning Tyre. 3 Say to Tyre, situated at the gateway to the sea, merchant of peoples on many coasts, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘You say, O Tyre, “I am perfect in beauty.” 4 Your domain was on the high seas; your builders brought your beauty to perfection. 5 They made all your timbers of pine trees from Senir; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. 6 Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; of cypress wood from the coasts of Cyprus they made your deck, inlaid with ivory. 7 Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail and served as your banner; your awnings were of blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah. 8 Men of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; your skilled men, O Tyre, were aboard as your seamen. 9 Veteran craftsmen of Gebal were on board as shipwrights to caulk your seams. All the ships of the sea and their sailors came alongside to trade for your wares. 10 “‘Men of Persia, Lydia and Put served as soldiers in your army. They hung their shields and helmets on your walls, bringing you splendor. 11 Men of Arvad and Helech manned your walls on every side; men of Gammad were in your towers. They hung their shields around your walls; they brought your beauty to perfection. 12 “‘Tarshish did business with you because of your great wealth of goods; they exchanged silver, iron, tin and lead for your merchandise. 13 “‘Greece, Tubal and Meshech traded with you; they exchanged slaves and articles of bronze for your wares. 14 “‘Men of Beth Togarmah exchanged work horses, war horses and mules for your merchandise. 15 “‘The men of Rhodes traded with you, and many coastlands were your customers; they paid you with ivory tusks and ebony. 16 “‘Aram did business with you because of your many products; they exchanged turquoise, purple fabric, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and rubies for your merchandise. 17 “‘Judah and Israel traded with you; they exchanged wheat from Minnith and confections, honey, oil and balm for your wares. 18 “‘Damascus, because of your many products and great wealth of goods, did business with you in wine from Helbon and wool from Zahar. 19 “‘Danites and Greeks from Uzal bought your merchandise; they exchanged wrought iron, cassia and calamus for your wares. 20 “‘Dedan traded in saddle blankets with you. 21 “‘Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your customers; they did business with you in lambs, rams and goats. 22 “‘The merchants of Sheba and Raamah traded with you; for your merchandise they exchanged the finest of all kinds of spices and precious stones, and gold. 23 “‘Haran, Canneh and Eden and merchants of Sheba, Asshur and Kilmad traded with you. 24 In your marketplace they traded with you beautiful garments, blue fabric, embroidered work and multicolored rugs with cords twisted and tightly knotted.
On verses 1-24: Here in these verses we really get a sense of how prosperous, beautiful and sophisticated was the city of Tyre. Verses 4 through 7 speak of Tyre’s asthetic beauty. Verses 8 through 11 speak of how Tyre attracted the best and the brightest, making their shipping industry and military very powerful. Verses 12 to 24 speak of Tyre’s extensive trade relationships and burgeoning economy. As powerful, prosperous and beautiful as Tyre was, the one problem we see in Tyre — which would prove to be her fatal flaw — was her pride. In verse 3, God quotes Tyre as saying, “I am perfect in beauty”.
What can we learn from this? No matter how powerful, prosperous, popular or beautiful you get, always stay humble. Humility comes before honour, but pride precedes a downfall.
Heavenly Father, may I always have a humble heart toward You and toward others. May I always have a humble perspective about myself, knowing that it’s not about me. It’s about You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!