v’-a-mar-TA l’-TZOR ha-yo-SHE-vet al m’-vo-OT YAM ro-KHE-let ha-a-MEEM el i-YEEM ra-BEEM KOH a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM TZOR AT a-MAR-t’ a-NEE k’-LEE-lat YO-fee
27:3 I am perfect in beauty
Yechezkel laments the downfall of Tyre, blaming her ruin on arrogance. He compares Tyre to a beautiful ship, made of the finest materials by expert craftsmen (verses 4-11). He then gives a detailed description of the commercial activity that enriched the port city (verses 12-25). However, the proud ship, reliant on its wealth for its success and safety, was too full and heavy, a dangerous state for a vessel in deep waters. It therefore sank at the first storm (verses 26-36). As an expression of her arrogance, Tyre says about herself “I am perfect in beauty,” a biblical phrase that had been used by Yirmiyahu to describe Yerushalayim (Lamentations 2:15).