Ezekiel 29:18

Overview - Ezekiel 29
The judgment of Pharoh for his treachery to Israel.
The desolation of Egypt.
13 The restoration thereof after 40 years.
17 Egypt the reward of Nebuchadnezzar.
21 Israel shall be restored.
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Ezekiel 29:18  (King James Version)
Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

26:7-12 Jeremiah 25:9 ; 27:6

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Nebuchadnezzar was thirteen years employed in the siege. During this long siege, the soldiers must have endured great hardships; their heads would become bald by constantly wearing their helmets; and their shoulders be peeled by carrying materials to and from the works.

St. Jerome asserts, on the authority of the Assyrian histories, that when the Tyrians saw their city must fall, they put their most valuable effects on board their ships, and fled with them to the islands, and their colonies, "so that, the city being taken, Nebuchadnezzar found nothing worthy of his labour."