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Ezekiel 27

Eze 27:1

Eze 27: "The record of Tyre has a peculiar relevance for our day, for those areas in which she excelled and was the envy of the entire ancient world are precisely the fields in which every modern nation seeks superiority. But Tyre has a message for our age, and it is that riches without God are unable to satisfy the heart of man and often keep many from dependence upon God. Has not this spirit invaded the church, and does it not pervade the lives of too many Christians?" (Const).

"Tyre had been a great support in the building of Solomon's temple. Indeed Hiram was 'ever a lover of David' (1Ki 5:1). What had gone wrong? Tyre had become self-centred and concerned with her own wealth. In this position she forgot the 'brotherly covenant (Amos 1:9) and turned against Israel" (PF).

Eze 27:3

Vv 3-9: Tyre compared to a ship.

Eze 27:5

SENIR: Same as Mount Hermon (Deu 3:9): "Hermon is called Sirion by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir."

Eze 27:7

ELISHAH: Greek isles and neighboring nations.

Eze 27:10

PERSIA, LYDIA AND PUT: Cities of Mesopotamia; notice the extent of Tyre's trade and influence.

Eze 27:12

TARSHISH (Psa 48:7) was a son of Javan (Gen 10:4); it is a name which came to refer to the Phoenicians, a sea-faring and trading people (hence such refs as Jon 1:3; Eze 27:12; 1Ki 9:26; 10:22; 2Ch 9:21). Tarshish = a latter-day power: here; Eze 38:13 (where an ally of Sheba and Dedan). In Isa 23 -- a prophecy concerning Tyre, there is plainly a strong link with "the daughter of Tarshish" and "the ships of Tarshish" (vv 1,6,10,14) -- this leads to the reasonable conclusion that Tarshish is another name for Tyre. (The proposed identification of Tarshish with England merely on the basis that the latter is -- or rather was -- a significant sea power is extremely tenuous at best.) See Lesson, Tarshish.

Eze 27:13

Cit Rev 18:13, when speaking of Babylon, as indeed is Eze 27:30. The description of Babylon in Rev is made up of OT language from the fall of Tyre, the fall of Babylon and the overthrow of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.

Eze 27:25

SHIPS OF TARSHISH: "Trading ships" (NIV of Isa 60:9). The use of "Tarshish" prob expresses type of ship, not origin (NIV: Making... pp 97,98). Cp usage in Psa 48:7; Isa 23:1,14.

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