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Isaiah Chapter 23 | Parsha:

1The “Tyre” Pronouncement.
Howl, you ships of Tarshish!
For havoc has been wrought, not a house is left;
As they came from the land of Kittim,
This was revealed to them.

2Moan, you coastland dwellers,
You traders of Sidon,
Once thronged by seafarers,

3Over many waters
Your revenue came:
From the trade of nations,
From the grain of Shihor,
The harvest of the Nile.

4Be ashamed, O Sidon!
For the sea—this stronghold of the sea—declares,
“I am as one who has never labored,
Never given birth,
Never raised youths
Or reared maidens!”

5When the Egyptians heard it, they quailed
As when they heard about Tyre.

6Pass on to Tarshish—
Howl, you coastland dwellers!

7Was such your merry city
In former times, of yore?
Did her feet carry her off
To sojourn far away?

8Who was it that planned this
For crown-wearing Tyre,
Whose merchants were nobles,
Whose traders the world honored?

9The Lord of Hosts planned it—
To defile all glorious beauty,
To shame all the honored of the world.

10Traverse your land like the Nile,
Fair Tarshish;
This is a harbor no more.

11The Lord poised His arm o’er the sea
And made kingdoms quake;
It was He decreed destruction
For Phoenicia’s strongholds,

12And said,
“You shall be gay no more,
O plundered one, Fair Maiden Sidon.
Up, cross over to Kittim—
Even there you shall have no rest.”

13Behold the land of Chaldea—
This is the people that has ceased to be.
Assyria, which founded it for ships,
Which raised its watchtowers,
Erected its ramparts,
Has turned it into a ruin.

14Howl, O ships of Tarshish,
For your stronghold is destroyed!

15In that day, Tyre shall remain forgotten for seventy years, equaling the lifetime of one king. After a lapse of seventy years, it shall go with Tyre as with the harlot in the ditty:

16Take a lyre, go about the town,
Harlot long forgotten;
Sweetly play, make much music,
To bring you back to mind.

17For after a lapse of seventy years, the Lord will take note of Tyre, and she shall resume her “fee-taking” and “play the harlot” with all the kingdoms of the world, on the face of the earth. 18But her profits and “hire” shall be consecrated to the Lord. They shall not be treasured or stored; rather shall her profits go to those who abide before the Lord, that they may eat their fill and clothe themselves elegantly.

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