And it hath come to pass, in that day, That forgotten is Tyre seventy years, According to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years there is to Tyre as the song of the harlot.
Isaiah 23:15 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
According to the days of one king - What is, of one kingdom; see Daniel 7:17, Daniel 8:20. Nebuchadnezzar began his conquests in the first year of his reign; from thence to the taking of Babylon by Cyrus are seventy years, at which time the nations subdued by Nebuchadnezzar were to be restored to liberty. These seventy years limit the duration of the Babylonish monarchy. Tyre was taken by him towards the middle of that period; so did not serve the king of Babylon during the whole period, but only for the remaining part of it. This seems to be the meaning of Isaiah; the days allotted to the one king or kingdom, are seventy years; Tyre, with the rest of the conquered nations, shall continue in a state of subjection and desolation to the end of that period. Not from the beginning and through the whole of the period; for, by being one of the latest conquests, the duration of that state of subjection in regard to her, was not much more than half of it. "All these nations," saith Jeremiah, Jeremiah 25:11, "shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years." Some of them were conquered sooner, some later; but the end of this period was the common term for the deliverance of them all.
There is another way of computing the seventy years, from the year in which Tyre was actually taken to the nineteenth of Darius Hystaspis; whom the Phoenicians, or Tyrians, assisted against the Ionians, and probably on that account might then be restored to their former liberties and privileges. But I think the former the more probable interpretation. - L.
Sing as a harlot - Fidicinam esse meretricum est. says Donatus in Terent. Eunuch. 3:2, 4.
Nec meretrix tibicina, cujus Ad strepitum salias.
Hor. 1:Epist. 14:25.
"Nor harlot minstrel sings, when the rude sound
Tempts you with heavy heels to thump the ground."
Sir John Chardin, in his MS. note on this place, says: -
C'est que les vielles prostituees, -
ne font que chanter quand les jeunes dancent, et les animer par l'instrument et par la voix.
"The old prostitutes do nothing but sing, while the young ones dance; and animate them both by vocal and instrumental music."
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Jeremiah 25:9-11,22 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant...
Jeremiah 27:3-7 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus...
Jeremiah 29:10 For thus said the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you...
Ezekiel 29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.
Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him...
Daniel 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Revelation 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes...
shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Heb. it shall be unto Tyre as the song of an harlot
Ezekiel 27:25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of you in your market: and you were replenished, and made very glorious in the middle of the seas.
Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there...
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