Shaking Tyre and Sidon
1The burden of Tyre. Wail, ships of Tarshish! For Tyre is destroyed. There is no house and no harbor. From the land of Cyprus, it was revealed to them.
2Be still, inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants of Sidon, your messengers crossing the sea.
3On many waters the grain of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile was her revenue and a marketplace of nations.
4Be ashamed, O Sidon. For the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying, “I have not writhed or given birth. I have not reared young men or brought up maidens.”
5When the report reaches Egypt, they will be in anguish at the report about Tyre.
6Cross over to Tarshish. Wail, you inhabitants of the island!
7Is this your jubilant city? Whose antiquity is from long ago, whose feet have taken her to settle in far off lands?
8Who planned this against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of earth?
9Adonai-Tzva’ot has planned it, to defile the pride of all glory, to shame all the honored of earth.
10Overflow through your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish! There is no restraint any more.
11His hand has stretched out over the sea, He has shaken the kingdoms. Adonai has given a commandment concerning Canaan, to destroy its strongholds.
12He said, “You will exult no more.” O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, cross over to Cyprus— even there you will have no rest.
13Look, the land of the Chaldeans— this is the people who no longer exist. Assyria set it up for desert animals. They set up their siege towers; they stripped its palaces; they made it a ruin.
14Wail, you ships of Tarshish! For your stronghold is destroyed.
15Then it will come about in that day that Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years, like the days of one king. At the end of 70 years it will happen to Tyre just as in the song of the prostitute:
16“Take a harp, stroll about the city, forgotten harlot! Skillfully play many songs, so you may be remembered.”
17Then it will come about after the end of 70 years that Adonai will take note of Tyre. She will return to her trade and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18 Yet her profit and her wages will be set apart to Adonai. They will not be stored up or hoarded. For her profit will be for those who dwell in the presence of Adonai, as ample food and as fine clothing.