E Z E K I E L.
The prophet had soon done with those four nations
that he set his face against in the foregoing chapters; for they
were not at that time very considerable in the world, nor would
their fall make any great noise among the nations nor any figure in
history. But the city of Tyre is next set to the bar; this, being a
place of vast trade, was known all the world over; and therefore
here are three whole chapters, this and the two that follow, spent
in the prediction of the destruction of Tyre. We have "the burden
of Tyre," Isa. xxiii. It
is but just mentioned in Jeremiah, as sharing with the natives in
the common calamity, ch. xxv. 22; xxvii. 3; xlvii.
4. But Ezekiel is ordered to be copious upon that head.
In this chapter we have, I. The sin charged upon Tyre, which was
triumphing in the destruction of Jerusalem, ver. 2. II. The destruction of Tyrus itself
foretold. 1. The extremity of this destruction: it shall be utterly
ruined, ver. 4-6,
12-14. 2. The instruments of this destruction, many
nations (ver. 3), and the
king of Babylon by name with his vast victorious army, ver. 7-11. 3. The great surprise
that this should give to the neighbouring nations, who would all
wonder at the fall of so great a city and be alarmed at it,