Isaiah 23

An Oracle Concerning Tyre and Sidon

1 The a burden 1 against Tyre.
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For it is laid waste,
So that there is no house, no harbor;
From the land of 2 Cyprus 3 it is revealed to them.
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coastland,
You merchants of Sidon,
4 Whom those who cross the sea have filled.
3 And on great waters the grain of Shihor,
The harvest of 5 the River, 6 is her revenue;
And b she is a marketplace for the nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon;
For the sea has spoken,
The strength of the sea, saying,
"I do not labor, nor bring forth children;
Neither do I rear young men,
Nor bring up virgins."
5 c When the report reaches Egypt,
They also will be in agony at the report of Tyre.
6 Cross over to Tarshish;
Wail, you inhabitants of the coastland!
7 Is this your d joyous city,
Whose antiquity is from ancient days,
Whose feet carried her far off to dwell?
8 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, e the crowning city,
Whose merchants are princes,
Whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
9 The LORD of hosts has f purposed it,
To 7 bring to dishonor the g pride of all glory,
To bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.
10 Overflow through your land like 8 the River, 9
O daughter of Tarshish;
There is no more 10 strength.
11 He stretched out His hand over the sea,
He shook the kingdoms;
The LORD has given a commandment h against Canaan
To destroy its strongholds.
12 And He said, "You will rejoice no more,
O you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon.
Arise, i cross over to Cyprus;
There also you will have no rest."

13 Behold, the land of the j Chaldeans,
This people which was not;
Assyria founded it for k wild beasts of the desert.
They set up its towers,
They raised up its palaces,
And brought it to ruin.

14 l Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For your strength is laid waste.

15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:

16 "Take a harp, go about the city,
You forgotten harlot;
Make sweet melody, sing many songs,
That you may be remembered."

17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and m commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her pay n will be set apart for the LORD; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for 11 fine clothing.

  1. Cross References
    Jeremiah 25:22
    All the kings of Tyre, all the kings of Sidon, ...
    Jeremiah 47:4
    Because of the day that comes to plunder all th...
    Ezekiel 26:1
    And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on th...
    Ezekiel 28:1
    The word of the LORD came to me again, saying.
    Amos 1:9
    Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions o...
    Zechariah 9:2
    Also against Hamath, which borders on it, And a...
    Zechariah 9:4
    Behold, the LORD will cast her out; He will des...
  2. Cross References
    Ezekiel 27:3 - 23
    "and say to Tyre, 'You who are situated at the entrance of the sea, merchant of the peoples on many coastlands, thus says the Lord GOD: "O Tyre, you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.'
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:16
    In that day Egypt will be like women, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He waves over it.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 22:2
    You who are full of noise, A tumultuous city, a joyous city? Your slain men are not slain with the sword, Nor dead in battle.
    Isaiah 32:13
    On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city.
  5. Cross References
    Ezekiel 28:2
    Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because your heart is lifted up, And you say, 'I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas,' Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your heart as the heart of a god
    Ezekiel 28:12
    Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:26
    This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
  7. Cross References
    Job 40:11
    Disperse the rage of your wrath; Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
    Job 40:12
    Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; Tread down the wicked in their place.
    Isaiah 13:11
    I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
    Isaiah 24:4
    The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away; The haughty people of the earth languish.
    Daniel 4:37
    Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
  8. Cross References
    Zechariah 9:2 - 4
    Also against Hamath, which borders on it, And against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
  9. Cross References
    Ezekiel 26:13
    I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more.
    Ezekiel 26:14
    I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken,' says the Lord GOD.
    Revelation 18:22
    The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 47:1
    Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called Tender and delicate.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 72:9
    Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust.
  12. Cross References
    Ezekiel 27:25 - 30
    The ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise. You were filled and very glorious in the midst of the seas.
  13. Cross References
    Revelation 17:2
    "with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 28:36
    You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
    Zechariah 14:20
    In that day "HOLINESS TO THE LORD" shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
    Zechariah 14:21
    Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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