Isaiah 23
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Tyre is Rebuked

1A messagea concerning Tyre.

“Wail, you ships of Tarshish,

for Tyre is destroyed

and is without house or harbor!

From the land of Cyprusb

it was revealed to them.

2“Be silent,c you inhabitants of the coast,

you merchants of Sidon,

whose messengers crossed over the sea,d

3and were on mighty waters.

Her revenue was the grain of Shihor,

the harvest of the Nile;

and she became the marketplace of nations.

4Be ashamed, Sidon, because the seae has spoken,

the fortress of the sea:

I have neither been in labor nor given birth,

I have neither reared young men

nor brought up young women.”

5When the news reaches Egypt,

they will be in anguish

at the report about Tyre.

6“You who are crossing overf to Tarshish—

Wail, you inhabitants of the coast!

7Is this your excitingg city,

that was founded long ago,

whose feet carried her

to settle in far-off lands?

8Who has planned this

against Tyre,

that bestower of crowns,

whose merchants were princes,h

whose traders were the most renowned on earth?

9The LORD of the Heavenly Armies has planned it—

to neutralize all the hubris of grandeur,i

to discredit all the renowned men of earth.

10“Cultivatej your land like the Nile,

you daughter of Tarshish;

for there is no longer a harbor.

11He has stretched out his hand over the sea;

he has madek kingdoms tremble.

The LORD has issued orders concerning Canaan

to destroy its strongholds.

12And he said:

‘You will revel no longer,l

you virgin daughter of Sidon,

now crushed.

Get up, cross over to Cyprus—

but even there you will find no rest.’”

Tyre’s Desolation and Restoration

13“Look at the land of the Chaldeans!

This is a people that no longer exist;

Assyria destined herm for desert creatures.n

They raised up hero siege towers,

they stripped her fortresses bare

and turned her into a ruin.

14Wail, you ships of Tarshish,

because yourp stronghold is destroyed!”

15It will happen at that time that Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years, the span of a king’s life. Then, at the end of those 70 years, it will turn out for Tyre as in the prostitute’s song:q

16“Take a harp;

walk around the city,

you forgotten whore!

Make sweet melody;

sing many songs,

and perhaps you’ll be remembered.”

17At the end of 70 years, the LORD will deal with Tyre, at which time she’ll return to her courtesan’s trade, and prostitute herself with the kingdomsr of the world on the surface of the earth. 18Nevertheless, her profits and her earnings will be dedicateds to the LORD; they will not be stored up or hoarded—but her profits will go to those who live in the LORD’s presence,t for abundant food and choice clothing.

a 23:1 Lit. An oracle
b 23:1 Lit. of the Kittim
c 23:2 So 1QIsaa 4QIsaa MT; LXX reads To whom are they like?
d 23:2 So 1QIsaa 4QIsaa LXX; MT reads you whom the merchants of Sidon, passing over the sea, have replenished
e 23:4 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsaa MT read for he
f 23:6 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Cross over
g 23:7 Or happy
h 23:8 So 1QIsaa corrector
i 23:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads the hubris of all grandeur
j 23:10 Or Worship; so 1QIsaa LXX; 4QIsac MT read Pass through
k 23:11 So 1QIsaa 4QIsaa MT LXX; 4QIsac reads to make
l 23:12 So 1QIsaa MT LXX; 4QIsac reads won’t take refuge to revel; or won’t revel with gusto
m 23:13 i.e. Tyre
n 23:13 Or demons
o 23:13 So 1QIsaa; MT reads his
p 23:14 So 1QIsaa (sing.); MT LXX (pl.)
q 23:15 So 1QIsac MT LXX; 1QIsaa lacks that Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years, the span of a king’s life. Then, at the end of those 70 years
r 23:17 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read all the kingdoms
s 23:18 Or given
t 23:18 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsac reads but will be for those who live in the LORD’s presence. And her profits will be

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