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Isaiah 23

1 The burden against Tyre: Howl, ships of Tarshish! For it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in. From the land of Kittim it is revealed to them.
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coast, merchants of Sidon, who pass over the sea. They have filled you.
3 And by great waters, the seed of Sihor and the harvest of the River was her revenue; and she is a marketplace for the nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon; for the sea has spoken, the strength of the sea, saying, I have not travailed nor brought forth. I have not nourished young men nor raised up virgins.
5 As the report comes to Egypt, so they shall be writhing in pain at the report of Tyre.
6 Pass over to Tarshish. Howl, you inhabitants of the coast!
7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is from ancient days; whose feet carried it to distant lands to sojourn?
8 Who has advised this against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are rulers, whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
9 Jehovah of Hosts has counseled it, to dishonor the pride of all glory and to bring into contempt all the honorable 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. Jehovah has given a command against the merchant city, to destroy its strongholds.
12 And He said, You shall rejoice no more, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, pass over to Kittim; there also you shall have no rest.
13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans, this people which did not exist. Assyria founded it for those who live in the desert. They set up their siege-towers; they stripped its palaces; they made it a ruin.
14 Howl, ships of Tarshish! For your strength is laid waste.
15 And in that day Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it shall be for Tyre as the song of a harlot.
16 Take a harp, go about the city, O harlot who has been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs so that you may be remembered.
17 And it shall be after the end of seventy years that Jehovah will visit Tyre, and she shall return to her hire and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18 And her goods and her wages shall be set apart to Jehovah. It shall not be treasured nor laid up, for her goods shall be for those who dwell before Jehovah, to eat enough, and for fine clothing.
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