The Sinking of Tyre1The word of the Lord came to me: 2“Now, son of man, lament for Tyre. a 3 Say to Tyre, who is located at the entrance of the sea, merchant of the peoples b to many coasts and islands: This is what the Lord God says:Tyre, you declared,
‘I am perfect in beauty.’
4 Your realm was in the heart of the sea;
your builders perfected your beauty.
5 They constructed all your planking
with pine trees from Senir. ▼
▼= Mount Hermon, d
They took a cedar from Lebanon
to make a mast for you.
6 They made your oars of oaks from Bashan.
They made your deck of cypress wood
from the coasts of Cyprus e
inlaid with ivory.
7 Your sail was made of
fine embroidered linen from Egypt,
and served as your banner.
Your awning was of blue and purple fabric
from the coasts of Elishah.
8 The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad f
were your rowers.
Your wise men were within you, Tyre;
they were your captains.
9 The elders of Gebal and its wise men g
were within you, repairing your leaks.
All the ships of the sea and their sailors
came to ▼
▼Lit sailors were withyou to barter for your goods.
10 Men of Persia, Lud, and Put i
were in your army, serving as your warriors.
They hung shields and helmets in you;
they gave you splendor.
11 Men of Arvad and Helech
were stationed on your walls all around,
and Gammadites were in your towers.
They hung their shields ▼
▼Or quivers; Hb obscureall around your walls;
they perfected your beauty.
12 “Tarshish k was your trading partner because of your great wealth of every kind. They exchanged silver, iron, tin, and lead for your merchandise. 13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech l were your merchants. They exchanged slaves ▼
▼Lit souls of menand bronze utensils for your goods. 14Those from Beth-togarmah n exchanged horses, war horses, and mules for your merchandise. 15 Men of Dedan ▼
▼LXX reads Rhodes, p were also your merchants; many coasts and islands were your regular markets. They brought back ivory tusks q and ebony as your payment. 16 Aram ▼
▼Some Hb mss, Aq, Syr read Edom, ▼
▼= Syriawas your trading partner because of your numerous products. They exchanged turquoise ▼ purple and embroidered cloth, fine linen, coral ▼ and rubies ▼ for your merchandise. 17 Judah and the land of Israel were your merchants. They exchanged wheat from Minnith w meal ▼
▼Or resin; Hb obscurehoney, oil, and balm, for your goods. 18 Damascus was also your trading partner because of your numerous products and your great wealth of every kind, trading in wine from Helbon and white wool. ▼
▼Or and wool from Zahar19 Vedan ▼
▼Or Danand Javan from Uzal ▼ , ab dealt in your merchandise; wrought iron, cassia ac and aromatic cane were exchanged for your goods. 20 Dedan ad was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding. 21 Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your business ▼
▼Lit tradingpartners, trading with you in lambs, rams, and goats. 22The merchants of Sheba af and Raamah traded with you. They exchanged gold, the best of all spices, and all kinds of precious stones for your merchandise. ag 23 Haran, Canneh, Eden ah the merchants of Sheba, Asshur ai and Chilmad traded with you. 24 They were your merchants in choice garments, cloaks of blue and embroidered materials, and multicolored carpets ▼ which were bound and secured with cords in your marketplace. 25 Ships of Tarshish ak were the carriers for your goods.So you became full and heavily loaded ▼
▼Or and very glorious
in the heart of the sea.
26 Your rowers have brought you
onto the high seas am
but the east wind has shattered you
in the heart of the sea.
27 Your wealth, merchandise, and goods,
your sailors and captains,
those who repair your leaks,
those who barter for your goods,
and all the warriors within you,
with all the other people on board, ▼
▼Lit with all your assembly among you
sink into the heart of the sea
on the day of your downfall.
28 The countryside shakes
at the sound of your sailors’ cries. ao
29 All those who handle an oar
disembark from their ships.
The sailors and all the captains of the sea
stand on the shore.
30 They raise their voices over you
and cry out bitterly.
They throw dust on their heads; ap
they roll in ashes.
31 They shave their heads because of you
and wrap themselves in ▼
▼sackcloth: Garment made of poor quality material and worn as a sign of grief and mourningsackcloth.
They weep over you
with deep anguish and bitter mourning.
32 In their wailing they lament for you, ar
mourning over you:
Who was like Tyre,
silenced ▼ in the middle of the sea?
33 When your merchandise was unloaded from the seas,
you satisfied many peoples.
You enriched the kings of the earth
with your abundant wealth and goods.
34 Now you are shattered by the sea
in the depths of the waters;
your goods and the people within you
have gone down.
35 All the inhabitants of the coasts and islands
are appalled at at you.
Their kings shudder with fear;
their faces are contorted.
36 Those who trade among the peoples
▼Lit hiss, av you;
you have become an object of horror
and will never exist again.” aw
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