Ezekiel 28* The sentence against the prince or king of Tyre. (1-19) Thefall of Zidon. (20-23) The restoration of Israel. (24-26)1-19 Ethbaal, or Ithobal, was the prince or king of Tyre; andbeing lifted up with excessive pride, he claimed Divine honours.Pride is peculiarly the sin of our fallen nature. Nor can anywisdom, except that which the Lord gives, lead to happiness inthis world or in that which is to come. The haughty prince ofTyre thought he was able to protect his people by his own power,and considered himself as equal to the inhabitants of heaven. Ifit were possible to dwell in the garden of Eden, or even toenter heaven, no solid happiness could be enjoyed without ahumble, holy, and spiritual mind. Especially all spiritual prideis of the devil. Those who indulge therein must expect toperish. 20-26. The Zidonians were borderers upon the land of Israel,and they might have learned to glorify the Lord; but, instead ofthat, they seduced Israel to the worship of their idols. War andpestilence are God's messengers; but he will be glorified in therestoring his people to their former safety and prosperity. Godwill cure them of their sins, and ease them of their troubles.This promise will at length fully come to pass in the heavenlyCanaan: when all the saints shall be gathered together, everything that offends shall be removed, all griefs and fears forever banished. Happy, then, is the church of God, and everyliving member of it, though poor, afflicted, and despised; forthe Lord will display his truth, power, and mercy, in thesalvation and happiness of his redeemed people.
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