THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 23 ©
A prophecy concerning the destruction of the city of Tyre, v. 1, etc. That God would destroy it, 8. And that for her pride, 9. He shows likewise how long this tribulation of the Tyrians would last, 15. Their rising again, 17. And their conversion to Christ, 18.
THE 1burden of Tyre.a Howl, 2ye ships of 3Tarshish; for 4it is laid waste, so 5that there is no house, no entering in: 6from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.
7Be still, ye inhabitants 8of the isle; 9thou whom the merchants of 10Zidon, that pass over the sea, have 11replenished.
And 12by great waters 13the seed of 14Sihor, 15the harvest 16of the river, is her revenue; and she is a 17mart of nations.
Be thou ashamed, 18O Zidon: for the 19sea hath spoken, even 20the strength of the sea, saying, 21I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I 22nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.
As at 23the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely 24pained 25at the report of Tyre.*
27Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants 28of the isle.
29Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off 30to sojourn.
Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, 31the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose 32traffickers are the honourable 33of the earth?
The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, 34to stain 35the pride of all glory, and to bring into 36contempt all the honourable 37of the earth.
38Pass through thy land 39as a river, 40O daughter of Tarshish: 41there is no more strength.
42He 43stretched out his hand 44over the sea, he 45shook the kingdoms: the LORD 46hath given a commandment 47against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.
And 48he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, 49O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over 50to Chittim; 51there also shalt thou have no rest.
52Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the 53Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and 54he 55brought it 56to ruin.
Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for 57your strength is laid waste.
And it shall come to pass in that day, 58that Tyre shall be forgotten 59seventy years, 60according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years 61shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
Take an harp, go about the city, thou 62harlot that hast been 63forgotten; 64make sweet melody, 65sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
¶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 66commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
And 67her merchandise and her hire shall be 68holiness to the LORD: 69it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them 70that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for 71durable clothing.