Isaiah 23:2
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New International Version
Be silent, you people of the island and you merchants of Sidon, whom the seafarers have enriched.

New Living Translation
Mourn in silence, you people of the coast and you merchants of Sidon. Your traders crossed the sea,

English Standard Version
Be still, O inhabitants of the coast; the merchants of Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.

New American Standard Bible
Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon; Your messengers crossed the sea

King James Bible
Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

Christian Standard Bible
Mourn, inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants of Sidon; your agents have crossed the sea

Contemporary English Version
Mourn in silence, you shop owners of Sidon, you people on the coast. Your sailors crossed oceans, making your city rich.

Good News Translation
Wail, you merchants of Sidon! You sent agents

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Mourn, inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants of Sidon; your agents have crossed the sea

International Standard Version
"Be silent, you inhabitants of the coast, you merchants of Sidon, whose messengers crossed over the sea,

NET Bible
Lament, you residents of the coast, you merchants of Sidon who travel over the sea, whose agents sail over

New Heart English Bible
Be still, you inhabitants of the coast, you whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants from Sidon. Your messengers have crossed the sea.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be still, ye inhabitants of the coast-land; Thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

New American Standard 1977
Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon; Your messengers crossed the sea

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou mart of Zidon, that by passing over the sea thou wert replenished.

King James 2000 Bible
Be still, you inhabitants of the coast; you whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

American King James Version
Be still, you inhabitants of the isle; you whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

American Standard Version
Be still, ye inhabitants of the coast, thou whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be silent, you that dwell in the island: the merchants of Sidon passing over the sea, have filled thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle! The merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished thee.

English Revised Version
Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

World English Bible
Be still, you inhabitants of the coast, you whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

Young's Literal Translation
Be silent, ye inhabitants of the isle, Trader of Zidon, passing the sea, they filled thee.
Study Bible
The Fall of Tyre
1The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, For Tyre is destroyed, without house or harbor; It is reported to them from the land of Cyprus. 2Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon; Your messengers crossed the sea 3And were on many waters. The grain of the Nile, the harvest of the River was her revenue; And she was the market of nations.…
Cross References
Isaiah 47:5
"Sit silently, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, For you will no longer be called The queen of kingdoms.

Ezekiel 28:21
"Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, prophesy against her
Treasury of Scripture

Be still, you inhabitants of the isle; you whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

still. Heb. silent

Isaiah 41:1 Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their …

Isaiah 47:5 Sit you silent, and get you into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: …

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, …

Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

the isle

Ezekiel 27:3,4 And say to Tyrus, O you that are situate at the entry of the sea, …

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

the merchants

Ezekiel 27:8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were your mariners: your wise …

(2) Inhabitants of the isle . . .--Better, coast. The word was specially appropriate to the narrow seaboard strip of land occupied by the Ph?nicians--Zidon, the older city, the "great Zidon" of Joshua 11:8; Joshua 19:28, appearing as the representative of Ph?nicia generally. It was her commerce that had filled Tyre and the other daughter cities. The "dumbness" to which the prophet calls the people is that of stupefied terror.

Verse 2. - Be still; rather, be silent, as in the margin. It would be idle to complain or lament. Ye inhabitants of the isle. Tyro was situated on a small isle, which Alexander joined to the mainland by means of a mole (Arrian, 'Exp. Alex.,' 2:23). It is uncertain, however, whether this isle is meant here, or the strip of Phoenician coast, since the Hebrew 'i has both meanings. Thou whom the merchants of Zidon... have replenished. During the flourishing period of Tyro (B.C. 1025-585), Zidon, though it had generally kings of its own, played a secondary part to Tyre, and for the most part acquiesced in Tyrian supremacy. Its best sailors served in the Tyrian fleet (Ezekiel 27:8), and its merchants were content to enrich the recognized "chief city." Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle,.... Either the isles of Chittim, or other islands that traded with Tyre, the singular being put for the plural, called upon to grieve and mourn, because the city of their merchandise was destroyed, as Kimchi; or of Tyre itself, which being situated at some distance from the shore, was an island itself, until it was joined to the continent by Alexander (q); and even old Tyre might be so called, it being usual in Scripture to call places by the seashore isles; and besides, old Tyre included in it new Tyre, the island, as Pliny (r) suggests; who are instructed to be silent as mourners, and to cease from the hurries of business, which they would be obliged to, and not boast of their power and wealth, as they had formerly done, or attempt to defend themselves, which would be in vain:

thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished; Zidon was a very ancient city of Phoenicia, more ancient than Tyre; for Tyre was a colony of the Zidonians, and built by them, and so might be said to be replenished by them with men from the first, as it also was with mariners, Ezekiel 27:8 and likewise with merchants and wares, they being a trading and seafaring people; wherefore they are spoken of as merchants, and as passing over the sea: or this may be understood of the isles replenished with goods by the merchants of Tyre and Zidon, but now no more, and therefore called to mourning.

(q) Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 19. (r) Ibid. 2. Be still—"struck dumb with awe." Addressed to those already in the country, eye-witnesses of its ruin (La 2:10); or, in contrast to the busy din of commerce once heard in Tyre; now all is hushed and still.

isle—strictly applicable to New Tyre: in the sense coast, to the mainland city, Old Tyre (compare Isa 23:6; Isa 20:6).

Zidon—of which Tyre was a colony, planted when Zidon was conquered by the Philistines of Ascalon. Zidon means a "fishing station"; this was its beginning.

replenished—with wealth and an industrious population (Eze 27:3, 8, 23). Here "Zidon," as the oldest city of Phoenicia, includes all the Phoenician towns on the strip of "coast." Thus, Eth-baal, king of Tyre [Josephus, Antiquities, 8.3,2], is called king of the Sidonians (1Ki 16:31); and on coins Tyre is called the metropolis of the Sidonians.23:1-14 Tyre was the mart of the nations. She was noted for mirth and diversions; and this made her loth to consider the warnings God gave by his servants. Her merchants were princes, and lived like princes. Tyre being destroyed and laid waste, the merchants should abandon her. Flee to shift for thine own safety; but those that are uneasy in one place, will be so in another; for when God's judgments pursue sinners, they will overtake them. Whence shall all this trouble come? It is a destruction from the Almighty. God designed to convince men of the vanity and uncertainty of all earthly glory. Let the ruin of Tyre warn all places and persons to take heed of pride; for he who exalts himself shall be abased. God will do it, who has all power in his hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments.
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