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Book of Isaiah Chapter 23

ISAIAH 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish;* for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

ISAIAH 23:2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

ISAIAH 23:3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

ISAIAH 23:4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.**

ISAIAH 23:5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

ISAIAH 23:6 Pass ye over to Tarshish;* howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

ISAIAH 23:7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

ISAIAH 23:8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

ISAIAH 23:9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

ISAIAH 23:10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.

ISAIAH 23:11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

ISAIAH 23:12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon:** arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

ISAIAH 23:13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.

ISAIAH 23:14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish*: for your strength is laid waste.

ISAIAH 23:15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.

ISAIAH 23:16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

ISAIAH 23:17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

ISAIAH 23:18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.


* Ships of Tarshish were apparently long range vessels that could travel to a place called Tarshish, or were on the model of ships made there. See Where was Tarshish? for a discussion of its possible location and the places it is mentioned in the bible. 

** "Virgins"- in Hebrew "betulot" - female virgins, not men

*** "virgin, daughter of Zidon - "Betulah bat Tsidon" - literally, virgin daughter of Sidon and a correct translation.


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