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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 23\\

This chapter gives an account both of the desolation and restoration of
Tyre, an ancient city of Phoenicia. Its desolation is described as so
complete, that a house was not left in it, \\#Isa 23:1\\ and by the fewness
and stillness of the inhabitants of it, with which it had been
replenished, it having been a mart of nations, \\#Isa 23:2,3\\ and by the
shame and pain Zidon, a neighbouring city, was put into, on account of it,
\\#Isa 23:4,5\\ and by the removal of its inhabitants to other places,
\\#Isa 23:6,7,12\\ all which is attributed to the counsel, purpose, and
commandment of God, to destroy it; whose view was to stain their pride,
and bring them into contempt, \\#Isa 23:8-11\\ the means and instruments
made use of to this purpose were the Assyrians or Chaldeans, \\#Isa 23:13\\
and its desolation is further aggravated by the loss of its trade; hence
the merchants of other countries are called to mourning, \\#Isa 23:1,14\\
the date and duration of this desolation were seventy years, \\#Isa 23:15\\
after which it should be restored, and its merchandise and commerce with
all the nations of the earth be revived again, \\#Isa 23:15-18\\.