Isaiah 23:6
6Pass over to Tarshish;
         Wail, O inhabitants of the coastland.

7Is this your jubilant city,
         Whose origin is from antiquity,
         Whose feet used to carry her to colonize distant places?

8Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
         Whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?

9The LORD of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
         To despise all the honored of the earth.

10Overflow your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish,
         There is no more restraint.

11He has stretched His hand out over the sea,
         He has made the kingdoms tremble;
         The LORD has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.

12He has said, “You shall exult no more, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon.
         Arise, pass over to Cyprus; even there you will find no rest.”

      13Behold, the land of the Chaldeans—this is the people which was not; Assyria appointed it for desert creatures—they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, they made it a ruin.

14Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
         For your stronghold is destroyed.

15Now in that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:

16Take your harp, walk about the city,
         O forgotten harlot;
         Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs,
         That you may be remembered.

17It will come about at the end of seventy years that the LORD will visit Tyre. Then she will go back to her harlot’s wages and will play the harlot with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18Her gain and her harlot’s wages will be set apart to the LORD; it will not be stored up or hoarded, but her gain will become sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the LORD.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Pass ye over to Tarshish; wail, ye inhabitants of the coast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Pass over the seas, howl, ye inhabitants of the island.

Darby Bible Translation
Pass over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the coast!

English Revised Version
Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

Webster's Bible Translation
Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

World English Bible
Pass over to Tarshish! Wail, you inhabitants of the coast!

Young's Literal Translation
Pass over to Tarshish, howl, ye inhabitants of the isle,
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