Look at the land of the Babylonians,a1 this people that is now of no account! The Assyrians2 have made it a place for desert creatures;3 they raised up their siege towers,4 they stripped its fortresses bare and turned it into a ruin.514
Wail, you ships6 of Tarshish;7 your fortress is destroyed!
At that time Tyre8 will be forgotten for seventy years,9 the span of a king's life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
"Take up a harp, walk through the city, O prostitute10 forgotten; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered."
At the end of seventy years,11 the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire as a prostitute12 and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.1318
Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the LORD;14 they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the LORD,15 for abundant food and fine clothes.16