Isaiah 23
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1The burden against Tyre: Howl, you ships of Tarshish! For it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in. From the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

2Be still, inhabitants of the coast, you merchants of Sidon, who pass over the sea. They have filled you.

3And by great waters, the seed of Shihor and the harvest of the river Nile was her revenue; and she was the mart of nations.

4Be ashamed, O Sidon; for the sea has spoken, the strength of the sea, saying, "I have not travailed nor brought forth children. I have not nourished young men nor raised up virgins."

5As the report comes to Egypt, so they shall be grieved at the report of Tyre.

6Pass over Tarshish. Howl, inhabitants of the coast!

7Is this your joyous city whose origin is from antiquity, whose feet have taken her to settle in far-off lands.

8Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose traders are the honorable of the earth?

9The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.

10Pass through your land like a river, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no more power to restrain.

11He stretched out His hand over the sea; He shook kingdoms. The LORD has made a decree against the merchant city, to destroy its strongholds.

12And He said, "You shall rejoice no more, O oppressed one, virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, pass over to Chittim; also there you shall have no rest."

13Behold the land of the Chaldeans! This is the people which was not. Assyria destined it for wild beasts who live in the desert. They set up their siege towers; they stripped its palaces. They made it a ruin.

14Howl, ships of Tarshish! For your stronghold is laid waste.

15And it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will be as in the song of a harlot to Tyre.

16"Take a lyre, go about the city, O harlot who has been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs so that you may be remembered."

17And it shall come to pass, after the end of seventy years the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall return to her hire and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. 18And her goods and her wages shall be holiness to the LORD. It shall not be treasured nor laid up, for her goods shall be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat enough, and for choice clothing.

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