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16 Take a harp, go about the city,
    forgotten prostitute;
Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs,
    that you may be remembered.

17 At the end of the seventy years the Lord shall visit Tyre. She shall return to her hire and serve as prostitute[a] with all the world’s kingdoms on the face of the earth.(A) 18 But her merchandise and her hire shall be sacred to the Lord. It shall not be stored up or laid away; instead, her merchandise shall belong to those who dwell before the Lord, to eat their fill and clothe themselves in choice attire.

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  1. 23:17–18 Her hire…prostitute: the international trade engaged in by Tyre will become a source of wealth to God’s people (cf. 45:14; 60:4–14; Zec 14:14).

16 “Take up a harp, walk through the city,
    you forgotten prostitute;(A)
play the harp well, sing many a song,
    so that you will be remembered.”

17 At the end of seventy years,(B) the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution(C) and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.(D) 18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord;(E) they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord,(F) for abundant food and fine clothes.(G)

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