- THE WORD CONCERNING TYRE. Howl, ye ships of Carthage; for she has perished, and men no longer arrive from the land of the Citians: she is led captive.
- To whom are the dwellers in the island become like, the merchants of Phoenice, passing over the sea
- in great waters, a generation of merchants? as when the harvest is gathered in, so are these traders with the nations.
- Be ashamed, O Sidon: the sea has said, yea, the strength of the sea has said, I have not travailed, nor brought forth, nor have I brought up young men, nor reared virgins.
- Moreover when it shall be heard in Egypt, sorrow shall seize them for Tyre.
- Depart ye to Carthage; howl, ye that dwell in this island.
- Was not this your pride from the beginning, before she was given up?
- Who has devised this counsel against Tyre? Is she inferior? or has she no strength? her merchants were the glorious princes of the earth.
- The Lord of hosts has purposed to bring down all the pride of the glorious ones, and to disgrace every glorious thing on the earth.
- Till thy land; for ships no more come out of Carthage.
- And thy hand prevails no more by sea, which [a] troubled kings: the Lord of hosts has given a command concerning Chanaan, to destroy the strength thereof.
- And men shall say, Ye shall no longer at all continue to insult and injure the daughter of Sidon: and if thou depart to the Citians, neither there shalt thou have rest.
- And if thou depart to the land of the Chaldeans, this also is laid waste by the Assyrians, for her wall is fallen.
- Howl, ye ships of Carthage: for your strong hold is destroyed.
- And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be left seventy years, as the time of a king, as the time of a man: and it shall come to pass after seventy years, that Tyre shall be as the song of a harlot.
- Take a harp, go about, O city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; play well on the harp, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
- And it shall come to pass after the seventy years, that God will visit Tyre, and she shall be again restored to her primitive state, and she shall be a mart for all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
- And her trade and her gain shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be gathered for them, but for those that dwell before the Lord, even all her trade, to eat and drink and be filled, and for a covenant and a memorial before the Lord.
[a] See Isa 5:25; 14:16
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]