Ezekiel 28:1-10

From Ruth

A.(1) The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, (2) Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD;


a. Because thine heart is lifted up,

b. and thou hast said, I am a GodI sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas;

c. yet thou art a man,

b’. and not God,

a’. though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

C.(3) Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: (4) With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: (5) By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

D.(6) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

C’.(7) Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. (8)They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

B’. (9)

a. Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee,

b. I am God?

c. but thou shalt be a man,

b’. and no God,

a’. in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

A’.(10) Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Note: -the structure suggests that the key sin of Tyre is to make a claim to divinity. At one time the king of Tyre had been a friend of Israel and had contributed to the true Temple in Jerusalem.  But clearly Tyre had fallen away from the true God. How similar is the language to the description of  the Man of Sin in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.