Isaiah 23
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The Fall of Tyre

1This is an oracle concerning Tyre:

Wail, O ships of Tarshish,

for Tyre is laid waste,

without house or harbor.

Word has reached them

from the land of Cyprus.a

2Be silent, O dwellers of the coastland,

you merchants of Sidon, whom the seafarers have enriched.

3On the great waters

came the grain of Shihor;

the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre;

she was the merchant of the nations.

4Be ashamed, O Sidon, the stronghold of the sea,

for the sea has spoken:

“I have not been in labor

or given birth.

I have not raised young men

or brought up young women.”

5When the report reaches Egypt,

they will writhe in agony over the news of Tyre.

6Cross over to Tarshish;

wail, O inhabitants of the coastland!

7Is this your jubilant city,

whose origin is from antiquity,

whose feet have taken her

to settle far away?

8Who planned this against Tyre,

the bestower of crowns,

whose traders are princes,

whose merchants are renowned on the earth?

9The LORD of Hosts planned it,

to defile all its glorious beauty,

to disgrace all the renowned of the earth.

10Overflowb your land like the Nile, O Daughter of Tarshish;

there is no longer a harbor.

11The LORD has stretched out His hand over the sea;

He has made kingdoms tremble.

He has given a command

that the strongholds of Canaan be destroyed.

12He said, “You shall rejoice no more,

O oppressed Virgin Daughter of Sidon.

Get up and cross over to Cyprus—

even there you will find no rest.”

13Look at the land of the Chaldeansc

a people now of no account.

The Assyrians destined it for the desert creatures;

they set up their siege towers and stripped its palaces.

They brought it to ruin.

14Wail, O ships of Tarshish,

for your harbor has been destroyed!

15At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years—the span of a king’s life. But at the end of seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:

16“Take up your harp,

stroll through the city,

O forgotten harlot.

Make sweet melody,

sing many a song,

so you will be remembered.”

17And at the end of seventy years, the LORD will restore Tyre. Then she will return to hire as a prostitute and sell herself to all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18Yet her profits and wages will be set apart to the LORD; they will not be stored or saved, for her profit will go to those who live before the LORD, for abundant food and fine clothing.

Footnotes:

1 a Hebrew Kittim; also in verse 12
10 b MT; DSS and some LXX manuscripts Till
13 c That is, the Babylonians

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