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Isaiah 23

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 1 This is the prophecy concerning Tyre: Wail, you ships of Tarshish for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in; from the land of Chittim [Cyprus] it is revealed to them.

 2 Be still, you inhabitants of the isle; you of Sidon, whom the merchants that pass over the sea have replenished.

 3 And on great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river is her revenue; and she is a marketplace of nations.

 4 Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, "I do not travail, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins."

 5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so they will be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

 6 Pass over to Tarshish; wail, you inhabitants of the isle.

 7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? Her own feet carried her afar off to sojourn.

 8 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honorable of the earth?

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

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

 11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms. The LORD has given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the its strongholds.

 12 And he said, "You will rejoice no more, O you oppressed virgin, daughter of Sidon; arise, pass over to Chittim; there you will also have no rest."

 13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, until the Assyrian founded it for those who dwell in the wilderness. They set up its towers, they raised up its palaces, and he brought it to ruin.

 14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish; for your strength is laid waste.

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

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

 17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre, and she will return to her hire, and will commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

 18 And her merchandise and her hire will be holiness [set apart] to the LORD; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her merchandise will be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.


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