Ezekiel 26

* A prophecy against Tyre.

1-14 To be secretly pleased with the death or decay of others,

when we are likely to get by it; or with their fall, when we may

thrive upon it, is a sin that easily besets us, yet is not

thought so bad as really it is. But it comes from a selfish,

covetous principle, and from that love of the world as our

happiness, which the love of God expressly forbids. He often

blasts the projects of those who would raise themselves on the

ruin of others. The maxims most current in the trading world,

are directly opposed to the law of God. But he will show himself

against the money-loving, selfish traders, whose hearts, like

those of Tyre, are hardened by the love of riches. Men have

little cause to glory in things which stir up the envy and

rapacity of others, and which are continually shifting from one

to another; and in getting, keeping, and spending which, men

provoke that God whose wrath turns joyous cities into ruinous

heaps.
15-21 See how high, how great Tyre had been. See how low Tyre

is made. The fall of others should awaken us out of security.

Every discovery of the fulfilment of a Scripture prophecy, is

like a miracle to confirm our faith. All that is earthly is

vanity and vexation. Those who now have the most established

prosperity, will soon be out of sight and forgotten.

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