23 1 A Prophecy against Tyre. 17 A promise that it shall be restored.
1 The [a]burden of Tyre. Howl ye ships of [b]Tarshish: for [c]it is destroyed, so that there is none house: none shall come from the land of [d]Kittim: it is [e]revealed unto them.
2 Be still, ye that dwell in the isles: the merchants of Sidon, and such as pass over the sea, have [f]replenished thee.
3 The [g]seed of Nile growing by the abundance of waters, and the harvest of the river was her revenues, and she was a mart of the nations.
4 Be ashamed, thou Sidon: for the [h]sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I have not [i]travailed, nor brought forth children, neither nourished young men, nor brought up virgins.
5 When the fame cometh to the Egyptians, they shall be [j]sorry, concerning the rumor of Tyre.
6 Go you over to [k]Tarshish: howl, ye that dwell in the isles.
7 Is not this that your glorious city? her antiquity is of ancient days: her own feet shall lead her afar off to be a sojourner.
8 Who hath decreed this against Tyre (that [l]crowneth men) whose merchants are princes? whose chapmen are the nobles of the world?
9 The Lord of hosts hath decreed this, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring to contempt all them that be glorious in the earth.
10 Pass through thy land like a flood to the [m]daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.
11 He stretched out his hand upon the sea: he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment concerning the place of merchandise, to destroy the power thereof.
12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice when thou art oppressed: [n]O virgin [o]daughter of Sidon: rise up, go out unto Kittim: yet there thou shalt have no rest.
13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans: this was no people: [p]Assyria founded it by the inhabitants of the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof: they raised the palaces thereof, and he [q]brought it to ruin.
14 Howl ye ships of Tarshish, for your [r]strength is destroyed.
15 And in that day shall Tyre be forgotten seventy years (according to the years of one King) at the end of [s]seventy years shall Tyre [t]sing as an harlot.
16 Take an harp and go about the city (thou harlot that hast been forgotten) [u]make sweet melody, sing more songs that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And at the end of seventy years shall the Lord visit Tyre, and she shall return to her [v]wages, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the earth, that are in the world.
18 Yet her occupying and her wages shall be [w]holy unto the Lord: it shall not be laid up nor kept in store, but her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and to have durable clothing.
Isaiah 23:13The Chaldeans which dwelt in tents in the wilderness, were gathered by the Assyrians into cities.
Isaiah 23:13The people of the Chaldeans destroyed the Assyrians: whereby the Prophet meaneth, that seeing the Chaldeans were able to overcome the Assyrians which were so great a nation, much more shall these two nations of Chaldea and Assyria be able to overthrow Tyre.
Isaiah 23:15Tyre shall lie destroyed seventy years which he calleth the reign of one King, or a man’s age.
Isaiah 23:15Shall use all craft and subtlety to entice men again unto her.
Isaiah 23:16She shall labor by all means to recover her first credit: as an harlot when she is long forgotten, seeketh by all means to entertain her lovers.
Isaiah 23:17Though she have been chastised of the Lord, yet she shall return to her old wicked practices, and for gain shall give herself to all men’s lusts like an harlot.
Isaiah 23:18He showeth that God yet by the preaching of the Gospel will call Tyre to repentance, and turn her heart from avarice and filthy gain, unto the true worshipping of God, and liberality toward his Saints.
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