Isaiah 23
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An Oracle against Tyre

1An oraclea against Tyre:b

Wail, ships of Tarshish,c

for your haven has been destroyed.

Word has reached them from the land of Cyprus.d, e

2Mourn, inhabitants of the coastland,

you merchants of Sidon;f

your agents have crossed the seag

3on many waters.

Tyre’s revenue was the grain from Shihor —

the harvest of the Nile.

She was the merchant among the nations.h

4Be ashamed 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 news reaches Egypt,

they will be in anguish over the news about Tyre.i

6Cross over to Tarshish;

wail, inhabitants of the coastland!

7Is this your jubilant city,

whose origin was in ancient times,

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 the honored ones of the earth?

9The LORD of Hosts planned it,

to desecrate all its glorious beauty,

to disgrace all the honored ones of the earth.

10Overflowj your land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish;

there is no longer anything to restrain you.k

11He stretched out His hand over the sea;l

He made kingdoms tremble.

The LORD has commanded

that the Canaanite fortresses be destroyed.

12He said,

You will not rejoice anymore,

ravished young woman, daughter of Sidon.

Get up and cross over to Cyprusm —

even there you will have no rest! ”

13Look at the land of the Chaldeans —

a people who no longer exist.

Assyria destined it for desert creatures.

They set up their siege towers

and stripped its palaces.

They made it a ruin.

14Wail, ships of Tarshish,

because your fortress is destroyed!

15On that day Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years — the life span of one king. At the end of 70 years, what the song says about the prostitute will happen to Tyre:

16Pick up your lyre,

stroll through the city,

prostitute forgotten by men.

Play skillfully,

sing many a song,

and you will be thought of again.

17And at the end of the 70 years,n the LORD will restore Tyreo and she will go back into business, prostituting herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18But her profits and wages will be dedicated to the LORD. They will not be stored or saved, for her profit will go to those who live in the LORD’s presence, to provide them with ample food and sacred clothing.

a. 23:1 Is 13:1
b. 23:1 Jos 19:29; 1Kg 5:1; Jr 25:22; 47:4; Ezk 26:1–27:36; Jl 3:4-8; Am 1:9; Zch 9:2-4
c. 23:1 Gn 10:4; 1Kg 10:22
d. 23:1 Hb Kittim
e. 23:1 Jr 2:10; Ezk 27:6; Ac 11:19
f. 23:2 Gn 10:15; Jos 19:28; Jr 25:22; 27:3; Ezk 27:8; 32:30; Jl 3:4; Zch 9:2
g. 23:2 DSS; MT reads Sidon, whom the seafarers have filled
h. 23:3 Ezk 27:3-23
i. 23:5 Ac 21:7
j. 23:10 DSS, LXX read Work
k. 23:10 Or longer any harbor
l. 23:11 Ex 14:21; Is 14:26
m. 23:12 Is 23:1; Jr 2:10; Ezk 27:6; Ac 4:36; 11:19-20; 13:4; 15:39; 21:3,16; 27:4
n. 23:17 Jr 25:11,22
o. 23:17 Ac 21:7
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