A prophecy against Tyre.
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
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.