« السابقةمتابعة »
doms and people, it is God who directs and prospers them. This consideration should induce us not to make any earthly thing our glory; but trust in the divine protection and promises ; for they, and they alone, are sure.
2. The principal instruction to be drawn from the whole chapter is, that God is greatly displeased with those who rejoice in the afflictions of others ; not merely with those who revenge theme selves, but those also who take pleasure in the sufferings of others. His controversy with all these countries was because they helped forward and triumphed in the desolations of Israel. When persons bear a grudge against their neighbours, hate their rivals in trade, endeavour to do them an injury, and rejoice when they meet with losses and disappointments, and say, Ah, 80 would we have it ; it shows a most spiteful, malignant, and diabolical spirit; especially when they impute their calamities to divine judgments. Persons of this hellish disposition forget that the cup of affliction goes its round, and may soon be put into their hands. The stroke of divine vengeance will come with double force on those who have avenged themselves ; and he that is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished.
The prophecy beginning here, and ending at the 20th verse of chap.
xxviii. foretells the destruction of Tyre, which was taken nineteen years after by Nebuchadnezzar, after a siege of thirteen years. 1 ND it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first 2 unto me, saying, 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, 3 [now] she is laid waste :* Therefore, thus saith the Lord
God; Behold, I (am) against thee, Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up ; as the sea rolls its waves against thee, so
shall the army of Nebuchadnezzar come with irresistible force. 4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down
her towers : I will also scrape her dust from her, and make 5 her like the top of a rock.t It shall be (a place for) the
• Tyre was in alliance with Jerusalem, yet, froin a selfish principle rejoiced in its de. struction, concluding that there would be greater resort to, and a greater trade with herself ; Jerusalem is called ihe gates of the people, because it was a populous place, and there was a great resort of proselýtes and strangers there, especially at the feasts,
+ This denotes the great rage with which the city should be attacked ; that her buildings should be entirely destroyed, and she left bare as a rock; which was literally accomplished, when the rubbish was afterwards carried away by Alexander, co maks Causeway to attack nsw Tyre, which stood on an island. Voi. VI.
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 na6 tions. And her daughters which (are) in the field, the towns
and cities, and the coasts that belong to her, shall be slain by the
sword ; and they shall know that I [am] the LORD. 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 horse8 men, and companies, and much people. 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 9 buckler against thee. And he shall set engines of war against
thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers. 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;
all of which represents the tumult and desolation occasioned by @ 11 conquering army. With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread
down all thy streets : he shall slay thy people by the sword, 12 and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground. And
they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise : and they shall break down thy walls, and des.
troy thy pleasant houses : and they shall lay thy stones and 13 thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water. * And I
will cause the noise of thy songs to cease ; and the sound of 14 thy harps shall be no more heard. And I will make thee like
the top of a rock : thou shalt be sa place] to spread nets upon : thou shalt be built no more for I the LORD have spok
en [it,] saith the Lord God.t 15
Thus saith the Lord God to Tyrus ; Shall not the isles, the neighbouring isles, or a maritime country called isles, shake at the sound of thy fall, as neighbouring ground shakes when
some large building falls, when the wounded cry, when the 16 slaughter is made in the midst of thee? Then all the princes
of the sea shall come down from their thrones, either the princes of the neighbouring country, or merchants and captains
• Tyre was a city abounding in riches and luxuries, which the enemies should throw into the sea; or rather, it is a prophecy of the use which Alexander should make of theni.
+ Tyre was famous after this time, but it was new Tyre, not that against which judg. ment is here denounced. Maundrel tells us, that there are scarce any remains of old Tyre, there are no entire houses, only a few pillars, and some old vaults which are inkabited by fishermen, who spread their nets upon the rocks. It was strange that Nebucha inezzar should destroy so beautiful, so weli situated, and flourishing a city, which might have been very advantageous to him: but the siege of the place had been very troublesome; he was thirteen years about it, had wasted vast treasures, and lost great numbers of his men ; and when he entered the city, the inhabitants had gone oft by sea, with all their valuable ep. fects; at which he was so much enraged, that he utterly destroyed it, and se fulfilled the word of the Lord.
that live like princes, and lay away their robes, and put off their
trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble
shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art
the sea, having lost their trade with them, and being apprehensive
day of thy fall ; yea, the isles that [are) in the sea shall be
When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that
and great waters shall cover thee ; (its destruction is compared
that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, who are
less taken notice of, and its destruction less regarded than theirs;
no (more :) though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never
ET me repeat the admonition given in the last chapter,
That to be pleased with the ruin or decay of others, because we are likely to gain by it, is a very wicked temper. Tyre had no hatred to Jerusalem, as other nations had, on account of their religion ; but considered them as rivals in trade ; and rejoiced in Jerusalem's destruction as their gain. It is to be feared that many, and some who prosess religion too, are of this disposition. They say, I shall be replenished now he is dead, or laid waste. This shows a very criminal love of the world ; a want of love to our neighbour ; and a mean, selfish, wretched spirit ; and justly may God blast those who hope to flourish by the sufferings of others.
2. This chapter gives an awful warning to Great Britain. Like the Tyrians, we are strong in the sea, in situation, extensive trade, and naval force. But the strongest situation, the greatest traffic, or naval power, cannot secure a country, when God gives
an enemy a commission against it. Thus can he bring us down, and make other nations, our allies and correspondents, tremble at the fall. Let us then not be high minded, but fear : do our part to ensure the favour of heaven, by advancing that righteousness which will be our greatest excellency, and our surest defence.
3. When God brings destruction on those who hate his people, he has glory in reserve for them. They may suffer and be af. flicted, like others ; may be hated and despised; but God intends glory to them ; glory in heaven, which is properly the land of the living; for there shall be no more death. It will add unspeakable terror to the miserable creatures who are gone down to the pit of destruction, to see the glory which those possess, whom they injured, reproached, and contemned. Let God's people rejoice in hope of this glory ; and let all choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than enjoy the pleasures of sin, which are but for a season.
This chapter continues the prophecy of the ruin of Tyre : as it was
common for mourners at funerals first to proclaim the excellen. cies, and then to lament the loss of the deceased, so the prophet here, first celebrates the beauty, wealth and glory of Tyre ; and then declares its irrecoverable fall. He could be supposed to know but little of the trade of Tyre himself ; yet he minutely describes it ; which, among others, is a plain proof of his inspiration.
1 HE word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2 Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Ty3 rus ; And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the en
try of the sea, at the east end of the Mediterranean, called the Levant, (which art) a merchant of the people for many isles, that is, countries on the sea shore, Thus saith the Lord God; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I [am] of perfect beauty ; wanting
nothing to make the nations ambitious of my friendship, and to de establish a free trade with me. Thy borders (are) in the midst
of the seas, thy builders, especially the builders of ships, have 5 perfected thy beauty. They have made all thy (ship) boards,
the decks, cabins, and state rooms, of fir trees of Senir : they
have taken cedars from Lebanon, to make masts for thee. 6 [Of] the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the
company of the Ashurites have made thy benches [of] ivory, [brought] out of the isles of Chittim ; or, of box tree have
they made thy banches, inlaid with ivory, brought from some 7 parts about the Mediterranean sea. Fine linen with broidered
work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail, or rather, for thy flags : blue and purple from the
isles of Elishah, from the Peloponnesus, was that which covered & thee ; or, the awning spread over part of thy ships. The in
habitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy mariners : thy wise 9 [men,] O Tyrus, [that] were in thee, were thy pilots. The
ancients of Gebal, and the wise (men) thereof, were in thee thy calkers, to stop leaks and repair what was amiss ; all the
ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy 10 thy merchandise. They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut
were in thine army, thy men of war : they hanged the shield
and helmet in thee ; they set forth thy comeliness, thy pomp 11 and splendor. The men of Arvad with thine army (were]
upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims, either a people of Phenicia, or, in general, guards were in thy towers ;
they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they 12 have made thy beauty perfect. Tarshish, or Spain, which was
anciently remarkable for silver mines, (was] thy merchant by
reason of the multitude of all skind of] riches ; with silver, 13 iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs. Javan, or Greece,
and Tubal, and Meshech, the sons of Japheth, (Gen. x. 2.) who dwelt about mount Caucasus, they (were] thy merchants : they traded the persons of men, traded in slaves, ( which is
branded by St. Paul as highly criminal, 1 Tim. i. 10.) and ves14 sels of brass in thy market. They of the house of Togar
mah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules. 15 The men of Dedan (were) thy merchants ; many isles (were]
the merchandise of thine hand : they brought thee (for) a 16 present horns ofivory and ebony. Syria (was) thy merchant
by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making ; the Tyrians did not neglect their own manufactures for foreign trade, they were remarkable for fine furple; they occupied in
thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine 17 Jinen, and coral, and agate. Judah and the land of Israel,
they (were) thy merchants : they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith and Pannag ; Minnith lay in a valley in Canaan, that produced excellent wheat ; though it was a small tract of country, and had a multitude of inhabitants, and the land lay un. tilled every seventh year, yet such an extraordinary blessing al
tended it, that it could export wheat, and honey, and oil, and 18 balm. Damascus [was) thy merchant in the multitude of
the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches ; in 19 the wine of Helbon, or Aleppo, and white wool. Dan also and
Javan going to and fro, occupied in thy fairs : bright iron, 20 cassia, and calamus were in thy market. Dedan (was) thy 21 merchant in precious clothes for chariots. Arabia, and all
the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and