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The Fall of Tyre

23 The [mournful, inspired] oracle ([a]a burden to be carried) concerning [b]Tyre:

Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
For Tyre is destroyed, without house, without harbor;
It is reported to them from the land of Cyprus (Kittim).

Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland,
You [c]merchants of Sidon;
[d]Your messengers crossed the sea

And they were on great waters.
The grain of the [e]Shihor, the harvest of the Nile River, was Tyre’s revenue;
And she was the market of nations.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 23:1 I.e. an urgent message the prophet is under compulsion to proclaim.
  2. Isaiah 23:1 Ancient Tyre was a Phoenician trading center with two separate urban areas; the major trading center was located on a fortified island and the suburban center was located on the adjacent coast. They were connected by a causeway built by Alexander the Great during his siege of Tyre.
  3. Isaiah 23:2 So some versions; MT reads merchant.
  4. Isaiah 23:2 The DSS so read. MT reads Who crossed the sea, they replenished you.
  5. Isaiah 23:3 An Egyptian name meaning “the pond of Horus”; it is probably a branch of the Nile or an unspecified lake.

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