EZEKIEL 28:11-14 is a scripture passage often quoted to describe Lucifer/Satin as a master of music. Proponents use the passage to enhance the argument for Satanic influence on various Rock/Pop/Rap bands and their music etc.
I’ve reproduced two scripture passages, one from the Douay-Rheims Bible (DRB) and the other from the New American Bible (NAB) which is the version I currenlty use. There seems to be a difference in in verse 14 where the DRB uses the word “PIPES”, (refering to the playing of music). The NAB uses “JEWELS” instead.
What is the best interpreation of this scripture passage?
11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyre: 12 And say to him: Thus saith the Lord God: Thou wast the seal of resemblance, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou wast in the pleasures of the paradise of God: every precious stone was thy covering: the sardius, the topaz, and the jasper, the chrysolite, and the onyx, and the beryl, the sapphire, and the carbuncle, and the emerald: gold the work of thy beauty: **and thy pipes were prepared in the day that thou wast created. **14 Thou a cherub stretched out, and protecting, and I set thee in the holy mountain of God, thou hast walked in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day of thy creation, until iniquity was found in thee.
*Commentary from that site follows:
12 “Thou wast the seal of resemblance”… The king of Tyre, by his dignity and his natural perfections, bore in himself a certain resemblance to God, by reason of which he might be called the seal of resemblance, etc. But what is here said to him is commonly understood of Lucifer, the king over all the children of pride.
14 “A cherub stretched out”… That is, thy wings extended. This alludes to the figure of the cherubims in the sanctuary, which with stretched out wings covered the ark.-- Ibid.
14 “The stones of fire”… That is, bright and precious stones which sparkle like fire. *
New American Bible
11 Thus the word of the LORD came to me: 12 Son of man, utter a lament over the king of Tyre, saying to him: Thus says the Lord GOD: You were stamped with the seal of perfection, of complete wisdom and perfect beauty. 13 In Eden, the garden of God, you were, and every precious stone was your covering (carnelian,topaz, and beryl, chrysolite, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, garnet, and emerald); **Of gold your pendants and jewels were made, on the day you were created. **14 With the Cherub I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God, walking among the fiery stones. 15 Blameless you were in your conduct from the day you were created, Until evil was found in you,