“By your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth” (28:12). The ancient city-state of Tyre sat offshore in the Mediterranean, a perfect location for both security and trade (28:2). Their trading empire stretched across the Mediterranean and allowed goods to spread around the known world: ivory, oil, animals, wood, metals, grains, precious stones, linens and silks (ch 27) passed through their hands. Their wealth was staggering, and they felt like gods (28:6).
“You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (28:17). God’s gifts, twisted by sinful pride, can lead us to think we don’t need Him. Yet there is no real security without God (28:26).