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Ezekiel Twenty Six

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Ezekiel 26:1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 26:2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:

Ezekiel 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Tyrus. Tyre was the greatest city of the Phoenicians, who were the preeminent maritime people of the ancient world. This was a small coastal nation, now more or less the region occupied by Lebanon, especially noted for its cedar forests, and other trees. King Hiram of Tyre had assisted David and Solomon in building the temple (1 Kings 5:1-12) and Hiram himself acknowledged that the God of Israel had made heaven and earth (2 Chronicles 2:12). Nevertheless, the Phoenicians as a whole were licentious idolaters. Jezebel, a princess of the Phoenicians, married King Ahab of Judah and introduced Baal worship into Judah (1 Kings 16:31-33).

Ezekiel 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

break down her towers. Nebuchadnezzar, as here prophesied, did destroy the walls and towers of Tyre when he invaded her during the period 585-572 b.c. However, many of her people escaped to an island near the coast, where their city continued strong and prosperous for another 250 years.

top of a rock. Alexander the Great, in expanding his Greek empire, was able finally to reach and conquer the island city of Tyre in 332 b.c., by building a causeway to it out of the ruins of the old mainland city, literally “scraping the dust” from her, leaving it “like the top of a rock.”

Ezekiel 26:5 It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to the nations.

spreading of nets. The island city seems to survive even today, but as a poor village. Because of the causeway built by Alexander, it has long been part of the mainland. The original mainland city, however, is still barren, its rocky shores used only for the spreading of fishermen’s nets to dry. See also Ezekiel 26:14.

Ezekiel 26:6 And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 26:7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

Ezekiel 26:8 He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.

Ezekiel 26:9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

Ezekiel 26:10 By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.

Ezekiel 26:11 With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.

Ezekiel 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

thy timber and thy dust. See notes on Ezekiel 26:4, 5. This remarkable prophecy was literally fulfilled over 250 years later when Alexander built his causeway to the island out of the “stones” and “timber” and “dust” of the old city, leaving it as bare as the top of a rock. The prophecies of God’s Word may be given far in advance of their fulfillment, but are always fulfilled eventually, literally and completely. There are no prophecies in the whole sphere of occult religion like these.

Ezekiel 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

Ezekiel 26:14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 26:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

Ezekiel 26:16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee.

Ezekiel 26:17 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it!

Ezekiel 26:18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.

Ezekiel 26:19 For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

Ezekiel 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

low parts of the earth. The “low parts of the earth” are in the great pit of sheol (or hades), where the imprisoned spirits of the evil “people of old time” are awaiting the great judgment (Revelation 20:12-14).

Ezekiel 26:21 I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord GOD.