Question: Was Satan a worship leader in heaven? Ezekiel 28:12-19
does speak about Satan, right? Doesn’t pipes refer to Satan’s instrument? The King James
Bible says, “12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of
Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou
sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every
precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the
beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle,
and gold: the workmanship of thy
tabrets and of thy pipes was
prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14Thou
art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon
Answer: There is no evidence that Satan was a worship leader in heaven.
A person should always examine the context
of Biblical passages. Ezekiel 26:1-28:19 contains a collection of prophetic
Further, this passage is followed by a
prophetic oracle concerning
As for pipes, the Hebrew word neqeb in Ezek 28:13 means “subterranean passage, mine” [W. Holladay, A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, 244], and is not a reference to a musical instrument.
Similarly, Isaiah 14:3-23 speaks of the king
William P. Griffin, Ph.D.
Addendum by Wave Nunnally, Ph.D.: Similarly, later Jewish literature NEVER used this term to refer to musical instruments, applying it instead to things like "hole, perforation, incision, channel" and even a reference to a private part (Marcus Jastrow, DICTIONARY OF THE TARGUMIM, TALMUD BABLI, YERUSHALMI, AND THE MIDRASHIC LITERATURE. NY: Judiaca Press, 1971, p. 930).