ezekiel 26 matthew henry commentary

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And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. "It refers to what the Romans called a `testudo'. The prophecy which begins in this chapter is concluded in Ezekiel 28:19. These included their submission to the Antiochus III, to Rome in the days of that empire, and to the Saracens in the fourteenth century A.D.[13] Is not this indeed "as the sea causeth her waves to come up?". The point is that Tyre would disappear from the land of the livingfrom the stage of historyand never be found again. (Smith). i. i.

The necessity for the destructive punishment of Israel had given her pagan neighbors the excuse to claim that the True God had been defeated; therefore, the pagan nations themselves were destroyed.

She shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah; and she shall become a spoil to the nations. Here, Ezekiel actually used a slightly different form of his name (Nebuchadrezzar), often used in Babylonian writings. Pit: The Hebrew word bor means a well, a pit, a cistern, but it also refers to the pit of death (Psalms 28:1 and 88:4-6) and sometimes is an equivalent of sheol, the realm of departed spirits. (Wiersbe). These impressive pillars would be demolished by the invader. (Feinberg).

"Thy pillars shall be brought down to the ground " (Ezekiel 26:11).

However, in that passage Ezekiel was referring only to a "single wave" of the many that came against Tyre. "[11], It should be noted that a final end of Tyre was not to come in a single overthrow; it would be the result of "many nations," coming against the proud city "as the waves of the sea." ii. For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.

b. I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth: This wasnt speaking of geography, such as the Dead Sea region (1400 feet or 430 meters below sea level). Though some might look for her, she would not be found. (Alexander), ii. b. Will the coastlands not shake at the sound of your fall: The fall of the great city of Tyre would be a horror and a warning to the other cities on the Mediterranean coast. In addition to the supporting cities and villages on the mainland, Tyre had also established a wide network of commercial establishments all over the Mediterranean world, which some believe included Tarshish on the coast of Spain; and, at one time, Carthage paid a yearly tribute to Tyre.

a. "This passage gives the impression that the pit is identical with Sheol, the realm of the dead, which appears here as a place of no return and of utter lostness. Nebuchadnezzar would bring much death and destruction, complete with battering rams and axes to break down towers.

"[21], "They shall tremble every moment " (Ezekiel 26:16) "This means that they were trembling and fearful continually. b. Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre: Will the coastlands not shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry, when slaughter is made in the midst of you? Judgment would be complete. "[18], "Thou shalt be built no more " (Ezekiel 26:14) This was literally fulfilled as regards the continental city of Tyre. This speaks of the realm of the dead, where the lost are judged. "A roof of shields " (Ezekiel 26:8). Those in Tyre could not realize that the destruction of Jerusalem meant the same fate awaited them; but these 'princes' realized that they also were involved in the fate of Tyre. "Tyre was the incarnation of unrestrained commercialism. i. Certainly Alexander the Great literally threw Tyres stones, timber and rubble into the sea when he built a one-half mile causeway out to the island fortress to conquer the city. (Alexander), ii. Eventually, the final wave of destruction came against Tyre from the Saracens in the fourteenth century AD.

This is called "the buckler" in our version.

In a passage like this, we can understand why the New Testament declares that, "Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."

"[4] They were the vulture-like scavengers on the fringes of every battlefield, waiting to make a deal to buy the prisoners of war and sell them at a profit.

"One was of opal, the other of emerald; they had been erected in honor of the god Melkarth (a variable spelling).

You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. ii. Land of the living: Represents the sphere in which humans live, in contrast to the netherworld, the realm of the dead, and the heavens, the domain of God. (Block), ii. A few commentators, quoting Ezekiel 29:18, insist that "this prophecy was not fulfilled." (Ezekiel 26:8). Why?

Come down from their thrones: The Hebrew word can refer to any chair of an official (1 Samuel 4:13), not exclusively to the royal throne, although it is used mainly in that connection. (Feinberg).

"[16] It was a portable light roof covered with military shields, under the protection of which soldiers could deploy their battering rams against an enemy wall. a. "[20], "Thus saith the Lord Jehovah to Tyre: Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded groan, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee? ;[12] then, there was Alexander the Great (332 B.C. In the practical sense, "Tyre is here compared to the dead who are placed in their tombs and then are heard no more in the land of the living. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences.

We have no evidence whatever that Tyre ever repented; but they certainly had some knowledge of the Lord; and it is no more unreasonable that, at one time or another, they indeed might have repented, than that Nineveh herself did so! First, there was Nebuchadnezzar (586-573 B.C); the Persians next subjugated Tyre in 525 B.C. As for the promise that these should never more be rebuilt, this was certainly true of all that was scraped into the sea for the purpose of building the mole out to the walls of the citadel on the island.

That God would scrape her dust from her took place when Alexander the Great built a great mole out to the island fortress, took it, and then scraped the whole city into the ocean! (Arabic) , Nederlandstalige Bijbelstudies door Stan Marinussen, Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Partner with StudyLight.org as God uses us to make a difference for those displaced by Russia's war on Ukraine. All of these prophecies were most circumstantially fulfilled. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. In verses 7-11 the destruction is described as the effect of a he that is, Nebuchadnezzar.

With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets; he shall slay thy people with the sword; and the pillars of thy strength shall go down to the ground. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. ); and Tyre's remaining history continued to show the `continuing waves' of destruction. This spelling of his name was thought to be more correct than Nebuchadnezzar, being closer to the Babylonian Nabukudurri-usur, but both forms are found in the Hebrew Bible and Nebuchadnezzar may have been the common western Aramaic form. (Taylor), iii. b. We may request cookies to be set on your device.

"For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: For behold I will bring upon Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and a company, and much people. i. Nineveh repented! These refer to all of the islands and coastlands of the Mediterranean Sea, which long had been under the domination of Tyre.

"It is true that the insular Tyre afterward attained some distinction, but the ancient continental city never recovered from her ruin."[27]. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. "[24], "To the people of old time " (Ezekiel 26:20). "[23] Of course, there are other passages, here and there, throughout the Old Testament which indeed give glimpses of the resurrection from the dead; and for these we humbly thank God and praise his holy name; but the tragic passage here is not one of those passages. The Apostle Paul also visited Tyre and met with believers there (Acts 21:3-4).

The strategy described here reflects thorough knowledge of military tactics, containing all the elements normally associated with siege warfare. (Block). Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. They were therefore downgraded and humiliated. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies.

Ezekiel gave more space to God's prophecies against Tyre than did any other sacred writer. Ezekiel. They will sit on the ground, tremble every moment, and be astonished at you: The princes of those other cities on the Mediterranean coast would humble themselves in great fear that the same destruction would come upon them.

We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. i. The colonies of Phoenicia were in Cyprus, Rhodes, Malta, Spain, Sicily, Sardinia, the Balearic Islands and Africa, with all looking to Tyre as their headquarters, and sending annual gifts to the Tyrian Heracles. (Feinberg). All such seats of custom were under the control of Jerusalem until its fall. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers.

By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. "[15] In these supporting villages were located many of those "pleasant houses," riches, and merchandise, which fell to the operations of Nebuchadnezzar. With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. "These daughters were the suburbs and dependences on the mainland. Pit: Refers primarily to a cistern in which rainwater is trapped and stored, but it was also applied to empty cisterns used as dungeons (Exodus 12:29; Jeremiah 37:16; 38:613), or convenient places in which to dump corpses (Jeremiah 41:79). (Block), ii. The heartless old slave traders of Tyre had been the terror of mankind, but for the thirteen year siege against them by Nebuchadnezzar, they allowed the evil slave trade to rest! iii. i. Tyre would never again exist and play an important role in history as she had in the past. Due to Jerusalem's location as a kind of center-piece for three continents, she sat astride the principle trade-routes of the world, able to impose taxes upon all who passed through her borders. [19] "That part of the city that lay on the rocky island, recovered after a lapse of seventy years, as predicted by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 23:17-18).