Isaiah 23

The Fall of Tyre

1 The oracle concerning 1Tyre. Wail, O 2ships of 3Tarshish, For Tyre is destroyed, without house or 4harbor; It is reported to them from the land of 5Cyprus.
2 6Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon; Your messengers crossed the sea
3 And were on many waters. 7The grain of the 8Nile, the harvest of the River was her revenue; And she was the 9market of nations.
4 Be ashamed, O 10Sidon; For the sea speaks, the stronghold of the sea, saying, "I have neither travailed nor given birth, I have neither brought up young men nor reared virgins.
5 When the report reaches Egypt, They will be in 11anguish at the report of Tyre.
7 Is this your 13jubilant city, Whose origin is from antiquity, Whose feet used to carry her to colonize distant places?
9 15The LORD of hosts has planned it, to 16defile the pride of all beauty, To despise all the 17honored of the earth.
10 Overflow your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish, There is no more restraint.
11 He has 18stretched His hand out 19over the sea, He has 20made the kingdoms tremble; The LORD has given a command concerning Canaan to 21demolish its strongholds.
12 He has said, "22You shall exult no more *, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, pass over to 23Cyprus; even there you will find no rest."
13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans -this is the people which was not; 24Assyria appointed it for 25desert creatures -they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, 26they made it a ruin.
14 Wail, O 27ships of Tarshish, For your stronghold is destroyed
15 Now in that day Tyre will be forgotten for 28seventy years like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
16 Take your harp, walk about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.
17 It will come about at 29the end of seventy years that the LORD will visit Tyre. Then she will go back to her harlot's wages and will 30play the harlot with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.
18 Her 31gain and her harlot's wages will be 32set apart to the LORD; it will not be stored up or hoarded, but her gain will become sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the LORD.
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