Isaiah 23:16
New International Version
“Take up a harp, walk through the city, you forgotten prostitute; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered.”

New Living Translation
Take a harp and walk the streets, you forgotten harlot. Make sweet melody and sing your songs so you will be remembered again.

English Standard Version
“Take a harp; go about the city, O forgotten prostitute! Make sweet melody; sing many songs, that you may be remembered.”

Berean Study Bible
“Take up your harp, stroll through the city, O forgotten harlot. Make sweet melody, sing many a song, so you will be remembered.”

King James Bible
Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

New King James Version
“Take a harp, go about the city, You forgotten harlot; Make sweet melody, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.”

New American Standard Bible
Take your harp, wander around the city, You forgotten prostitute; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.

NASB 1995
Take your harp, walk about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.

NASB 1977
Take your harp, walk about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.

Amplified Bible
Take a harp, walk around the city, O forgotten prostitute; Play the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.

Christian Standard Bible
Pick up your lyre, stroll through the city, you forgotten prostitute. Play skillfully, sing many a song so that you will be remembered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pick up your lyre, stroll through the city, prostitute forgotten by men. Play skillfully, sing many a song, and you will be thought of again.

American Standard Version
Take a harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Take a harp and go around the city, whore that was forgotten! Play beautifully! Multiply singers so that you will be remembered!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Take a harp, go about, O city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; play well on the harp, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

Contemporary English Version
You're gone and forgotten, you evil woman! So strut through the town, singing and playing your favorite tune to be remembered again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take a harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten: sing well, sing many a song, that thou mayst be remembered.

English Revised Version
Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

Good News Translation
Take your harp, go round the town, you poor forgotten whore! Play and sing your songs again to bring men back once more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Take your lyre. Go around in the city, you forgotten prostitute. Make sweet music. Sing many songs so that you'll be remembered."

International Standard Version
"Take a harp; walk around the city, you forgotten whore! Make sweet melody; sing many songs, and perhaps you'll be remembered."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take a harp, Go about the city, Thou harlot long forgotten; Make sweet melody, Sing many songs, That thou mayest be remembered.

Literal Standard Version
Take a harp, go around the city, O forgotten harlot, play well, Multiply song that you may be remembered.

NET Bible
"Take the harp, go through the city, forgotten prostitute! Play it well, play lots of songs, so you'll be noticed!"

New Heart English Bible
Take a harp; go about the city, you prostitute that has been forgotten. Make sweet melody. Sing many songs, that you may be remembered.

World English Bible
Take a harp; go about the city, you prostitute that has been forgotten. Make sweet melody. Sing many songs, that you may be remembered.

Young's Literal Translation
Take a harp, go round the city, O forgotten harlot, play well, Multiply song that thou mayest be remembered.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Fall of Tyre
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.…

Cross References
Isaiah 23:15
At 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:

Isaiah 23:17
And 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.

Ezekiel 26:13
So I will silence the sound of your songs, and the music of your lyres will no longer be heard.


Treasury of Scripture

Take an harp, go about the city, you harlot that have been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that you may be remembered.

Proverbs 7:10-12
And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart…

Jeremiah 30:14
All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.









(16) Take an harp, go about the city . . .--In a tone half of irony and half of pity, the prophet tells the "harlot that had been forgotten" to return to her old arts of song (the singing women of the East were commonly of this class), and to go about once more with song and lyre, recalling her old lovers (i.e., her old allies) to the memory of their past love.

Verse 16. - Take an harp. Harlots in the East, and indeed in the West also in ancient times (Her., 'Epist.,' 1:14, 1. 25), were expected to be musicians. The harp and the guitar were their usual instruments. Forgotten harlot. In addressing. Tyro as a "harlot," the prophet does not seem to mean more than that her aims were, or at any rate had been, selfish and worldly, such as sever between man and God. She had pursued wealth for the enjoyments that it brought her, not in order to make a good use of it. Hers had been the covetousness which is "idolatry" (Colossians 3:5).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Take up
קְחִ֥י (qə·ḥî)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

your harp,
כִנּ֛וֹר (ḵin·nō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3658: A harp

stroll through
סֹ֥בִּי (sōb·bî)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

the city,
עִ֖יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

O forgotten
נִשְׁכָּחָ֑ה (niš·kā·ḥāh)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention

harlot;
זוֹנָ֣ה (zō·w·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2181: To commit adultery, to commit idolatry

make sweet
הֵיטִ֤יבִי (hê·ṭî·ḇî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

melody,
נַגֵּן֙ (nag·gên)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5059: To touch or play a stringed instrument

sing many
הַרְבִּי־ (har·bî-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 7235: To be or become much, many or great

a song,
שִׁ֔יר (šîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7892: A song, singing

so you will be remembered.
תִּזָּכֵֽרִי׃ (tiz·zā·ḵê·rî)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male


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