Bible: Isa 23:1-17

The Lord Will Judge Tyre

23:1 Here is a message about Tyre:

Wail, you large ships, 1 

for the port is too devastated to enter! 2 

From the land of Cyprus 3  this news is announced to them.

23:2 Lament, 4  you residents of the coast,

you merchants of Sidon 5  who travel over the sea,

whose agents sail over 23:3 the deep waters! 6 

Grain from the Shihor region, 7 

crops grown near the Nile 8  she receives; 9 

she is the trade center 10  of the nations.

23:4 Be ashamed, O Sidon,

for the sea 11  says this, O fortress of the sea:

“I have not gone into labor

or given birth;

I have not raised young men

or brought up young women.” 12 

23:5 When the news reaches Egypt,

they will be shaken by what has happened to Tyre. 13 

23:6 Travel to Tarshish!

Wail, you residents of the coast!

23:7 Is this really your boisterous city 14 

whose origins are in the distant past, 15 

and whose feet led her to a distant land to reside?

23:8 Who planned this for royal Tyre, 16 

whose merchants are princes,

whose traders are the dignitaries 17  of the earth?

23:9 The Lord who commands armies planned it

to dishonor the pride that comes from all her beauty, 18 

to humiliate all the dignitaries of the earth.

23:10 Daughter Tarshish, travel back to your land, as one crosses the Nile;

there is no longer any marketplace in Tyre. 19 

23:11 The Lord stretched out his hand over the sea, 20 

he shook kingdoms;

he 21  gave the order

to destroy Canaan’s fortresses. 22 

23:12 He said,

You will no longer celebrate,

oppressed 23  virgin daughter Sidon!

Get up, travel to Cyprus,

but you will find no relief there.” 24 

23:13 Look at the land of the Chaldeans,

these people who have lost their identity! 25 

The Assyrians have made it a home for wild animals.

They erected their siege towers, 26 

demolished 27  its fortresses,

and turned it into a heap of ruins. 28 

23:14 Wail, you large ships, 29 

for your fortress is destroyed!

23:15 At that time 30  Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, 31  the typical life span of a king. 32  At the end of seventy years Tyre will try to attract attention again, like the prostitute in the popular song: 33 

23:16Take the harp,

go through the city,

forgotten prostitute!

Play it well,

play lots of songs,

so you’ll be noticed! 34 

23:17 At the end of seventy years 35  the Lord will revive 36  Tyre. She will start making money again by selling her services to all the earth’s kingdoms. 37 

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