Eze 27:1 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
Divine Commentary –
“My servants revisit episodes within their past:
episodes of happiness,
episodes of grief,
episodes of honour,
episodes of shame.
My servants revisit episodes of celebration,
episodes of joy,
episodes of amusement,
episodes where work dominates a scene.
My servants revisit episodes where effort was rewarded,
where effort was wasted as it fell upon a desert.
My servants recall their dramatic times with God which impact both the memory and the heart.
My servants recall the stories found within the harvest fields,
the highlights in which Christ crossed their paths,
the encounters with divine appointments where a soul was assisted into a new relationship.”
Eze 27:2 "Now, son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre,
“My servants call out for the repetition of success,
call out to see their God in action,
call out for the freeing of the slave to poverty,
call out for the opening of the door to freedom –
the door of education –
the door of enlightenment,
which sets the world aflame with opportunity for the spirit and the soul of man.”
Eze 27:3 "and say to Tyre, 'You who are situated at the entrance of the sea, merchant of the peoples on many coastlands, thus says the Lord GOD: "O Tyre, you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.'
“My servants give voice to their authority to command the downfall:
of all who would bring the spirit of man unto oblivion,
the soul of man unto imprisonment.”
Eze 27:4 Your borders are in the midst of the seas. Your builders have perfected your beauty.
“My servants give voice to faith in action with the loosing of the oversight of God into a life.
My servants give voice to faith in action with the binding of demonic activities within a life.
My servants give voice to faith in action in service to The Living God.”
Eze 27:5 They made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; They took a cedar from Lebanon to make you a mast.
“My servants exhibit loyalty which underscores their freewill,
exhibit knowledge which underscores their wisdom,
exhibit perseverance which underscores their commitment.
My servants love and attend their God which underscores their relationship:
their freshness of endeavour,
their freshness of approach,
their freshness of application.
My servants have bound the stakes of staleness,
have bound the clothing of complacency,
have bound the vine-wood of the forest.
My servants have thrown the stakes,
onto the bonfire of My Spirit.”
Eze 27:6 Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; The company of Ashurites have inlaid your planks With ivory from the coasts of Cyprus
“My servants count the cost prior to a commitment to proceed.
My servants know their liabilities,
know the assets available for use.
My servants ensure My Spirit leads,
My Spirit goes before,
My Spirit carries the torch lit for the placing of the feet.
My servants enter through the opened doors,
do not try the doors of closure.”
Eze 27:7 Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was what you spread for your sail; Blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was what covered you.
“My servants contribute to the task in hand,
contribute to the presentation,
contribute with their testimonies,
contribute to the truthfulness of the integrity of God.
My servants contribute as My Spirit confirms their actions of the day.
My servants contribute with their prayers which have the ear of God.”
Eze 27:8 "Inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; Your wise men, O Tyre, were in you; They became your pilots.
“My servants are aware of those who know the way in a distant land,
of those who can lead and guide in the ways of man,
of those who drive the camels of convenience across the landscape of the soul.
My servants are aware of those who know the tents of hospitality.”
Eze 27:9 Elders of Gebal and its wise men Were in you to caulk your seams; All the ships of the sea And their oarsmen were in you To market your merchandise.
“My servants offer but do not sell their wares,
offer but do not sell their prayers,
offer but do not sell the living water which brings new life to a thirsty soul.”
Eze 27:10 "Those from Persia, Lydia, and Libya Were in your army as men of war; They hung shield and helmet in you; They gave splendour to you.
“My servants draw the battle lines.
My servants dress in their armour.
My servants hold their weapons of My Spirit in readiness for use.
My servants dress My battlefield in the splendour of My Spirit.”
Eze 27:11 Men of Arvad with your army were on your walls all around, And the men of Gammad were in your towers; They hung their shields on your walls all around; They made your beauty perfect.
“My servants can visit in My Spirit,
can visit in the reality of man:
the battlefields of God.
The battlefields of God are wider,
are more extensive,
than the embattled defences of the devil with his demons in accord.”
Eze 27:12 "Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods.
“My servants proclaim The Living God.
I AM He who died The Son of Man and rose The Son of God.
I AM He who died so man may live.
I AM He who lives so man may inherit.
I AM He who seeks the preparation of man.
I AM He who welcomes man,
as committed to his journey,
back home into My presence.”
Eze 27:13 "Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered human lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise.
Eze 27:14 "Those from the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules.
Eze 27:15 "The men of Dedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payment.
Eze 27:16 "Syria was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made. They gave you for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies.
Eze 27:17 "Judah and the land of Israel were your traders. They traded for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, millet, honey, oil, and balm.
Eze 27:18 "Damascus was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made, because of your many luxury items, with the wine of Helbon and with white wool.
Eze 27:19 "Dan and Javan paid for your wares, traversing back and forth. Wrought iron, cassia, and cane were among your merchandise.
Eze 27:20 "Dedan was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding.
Eze 27:21 "Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your regular merchants. They traded with you in lambs, rams, and goats.
Eze 27:22 "The merchants of Sheba and Raamah were your merchants. They traded for your wares the choicest spices, all kinds of precious stones, and gold.
Eze 27:23 "Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants.
Eze 27:24 "These were your merchants in choice items—in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chests of multicoloured apparel, in sturdy woven cords, which were in your marketplace.
Eze 27:25 "The ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious in the midst of the seas.
Eze 27:26 Your oarsmen brought you into many waters, But the east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.
Eze 27:27 "Your riches, wares, and merchandise, Your mariners and pilots, Your caulkers and merchandisers, All your men of war who are in you, And the entire company which is in your midst, Will fall into the midst of the seas on the day of your ruin.
Eze 27:28 The common-land will shake at the sound of the cry of your pilots.
Eze 27:29 "All who handle the oar, The mariners, All the pilots of the sea Will come down from their ships and stand on the shore.
Eze 27:30 They will make their voice heard because of you; They will cry bitterly and cast dust on their heads; They will roll about in ashes;
Eze 27:31 They will shave themselves completely bald because of you, Gird themselves with sackcloth, And weep for you With bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.
Eze 27:32 In their wailing for you They will take up a lamentation, And lament for you: 'What city is like Tyre, Destroyed in the midst of the sea?
Eze 27:33 'When your wares went out by sea, You satisfied many people; You enriched the kings of the earth With your many luxury goods and your merchandise.
Eze 27:34 But you are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters; Your merchandise and the entire company will fall in your midst.
“My servants witness the progressive fall of the foe of man,
witness the progressive contraction of his areas of influence established over centuries,
witness the citadels of darkness wilt and melt before the light,
before the word of God,
before My servants with their hosts,
before what their tongues proclaim,
before the collective prayers of My saints”
Eze 27:35 All the inhabitants of the isles will be astonished at you; Their kings will be greatly afraid, And their countenance will be troubled.
“My servants surprise those with other gods,
surprise those who know no gods,
surprise those who deny the existence of any god.
My servants see those who pause to stop and think,
those who examine the possibility of the error of their stance,
those who readily accept the reality of a new truth now laid before their eyes.”
Eze 27:36 The merchants among the peoples will hiss at you; You will become a horror, and be no more forever.' " ' "
“My servants beckon and encourage,
gather some for prayer,
gather some to witness the works of God,
gather some to experience the works of God.
My servants put on offer the abilities of God to interact with man.
My servants rejoice with gladness at the upholding of His Word before the face of man.”
* (27:6) Hebrew Kittim, western lands, especially Cyprus
* (27:10) Hebrew Lud
* (27:10) Hebrew Put