The Effect of Tyre’s Destruction

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Destruction

The third section of this prophecy discusses the response of Tyre’s neighbors to her fall (vv. 15-18). These coastal powers, dependent on Tyre for their trade and commerce, would be dismayed at Tyre’s fall. Tyre’s fall would send shock waves throughout the maritime community (the coast lands would tremble). The princes of the seacoast were appalled at the unbelievable fate of their chief benefactor.

Sitting in mourning was a common way to express grief for a loved one or friend (Job 2:11-13). As Tyre’s allies came to sit and mourn her passing, they also sang a funeral lament, contrasting her present condition with her former glory. Tyre had been a formidable power on the seas, reigning supremely on the eastern Mediterranean shores. Her fall sent terror rippling to every shore she had touched. With their source of supplies gone, those nations would suffer great economic loss. Today the Island city is still a pile of rubble, a testimony of God’s judgment.

In Tyre’s demise she would descend into the underworld never to rise again (vv. 19-21). Now again he said the ocean depths would sweep over Tyre. The most fearful prospect facing ancient mariners was to be caught in a storm and be “lost at sea.”

Application

This is a reminder of the recent earthquakes and surnames and how they destroy complete cites and towns. I must put my complete trust in God and not the things of this world.

Ezekiel 26:15-21 (English Standard Version)

""Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre: Will not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan, when slaughter is made in your midst? Then all the princes of the sea will step down from their thrones and remove their robes and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground and tremble every moment and be appalled at you. And they will raise a lamentation over you and say to you, "'How you have perished, you who were inhabited from the seas, O city renowned, who was mighty on the sea; she and her inhabitants imposed their terror on all her inhabitants! Now the coastlands tremble on the day of your fall, and the coastlands that are on the sea are dismayed at your passing.' "For thus says the Lord GOD: When I make you a city laid waste, like the cities that are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you, and the great waters cover you, then I will make you go down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you to dwell in the world below, among ruins from of old, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set beauty in the land of the living. I will bring you to a dreadful end, and you shall be no more. Though you be sought for, you will never be found again, declares the Lord GOD."

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