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Isaiah 23

An Oracle Concerning Tyre and Sidon

1 The 1oracle concerning 2Tyre. Wail, O 3ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, 4without house or harbor! From 5the land of Cyprusa it is revealed to them.
2 Be still, O inhabitants of the coast; the merchants of 6Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.
3 And on many waters your revenue was the grain of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile; you were 7the merchant of the nations.
4 Be ashamed, O 8Sidon, for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying: "I have neither labored nor given birth, I have neither reared young men nor brought up young women."
5 When the report comes to Egypt, they will be in anguishb over the report about Tyre.
6 9Cross over to Tarshish; wail, O inhabitants of the coast!
7 Is this your exultant city 10whose origin is from days of old, whose feet carried her to settle far away?
8 Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?
9 The LORD of hosts has purposed it, 11to defile the pompous pride of all glory,c to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
10 Cross over your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no restraint anymore.
11 12He has stretched out his hand over the sea; he has shaken the kingdoms; the LORD has given command concerning Canaan to destroy its strongholds.
12 And he said: "You will no more exult, O oppressed virgin daughter of 13Sidon; arise, 14cross over to 15Cyprus, even there you will have no rest."
13 Behold the land of 16the Chaldeans! This is the people that was not;d Assyria destined it for wild beasts. They erected 17their siege towers, they stripped her palaces bare, they made her a ruin.
14 18Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your stronghold is laid waste
15 In that day Tyre will be forgotten for 19seventy years, like the dayse of one king. At the end of 20seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
16 "Take a harp; go about the city, O forgotten prostitute! Make sweet melody; sing many songs, that you may be remembered."
17 At the end of 21seventy years, the LORD will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and 22will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18 Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the LORD. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the LORD.
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