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A Lament for Tyre

27 The word of the Lord came to me: “Now you, tson of man, uraise a lamentation over Tyre, and say to Tyre, who dwells at vthe entrances to the sea, wmerchant of the peoples to many coastlands, thus says the Lord God:

“O Tyre, you have said,

‘I am xperfect in beauty.’

Your borders are yin the heart of the seas;

your builders made perfect your beauty.

They made all your planks

of fir trees from zSenir;

they took aa cedar from Lebanon

to make a mast for you.

Of boaks of Bashan

they made your oars;

they made your deck of pines

from cthe coasts of Cyprus,

inlaid with ivory.

dOf fine embroidered linen from Egypt

was your sail,

serving as your banner;

blue and purple from cthe coasts of Elishah

was your awning.

8  The inhabitants of Sidon and eArvad

were your rowers;

your skilled men, O Tyre, were in you;

they were fyour pilots.

The elders of gGebal and her skilled men were in you,

hcaulking your seams;

all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you

to barter for your wares.

10 i“Persia and jLud and iPut were in your army as your men of war. kThey hung the shield and helmet in you; they gave you splendor. 11 Men of eArvad and Helech were on your walls all around, and men of Gamad were in your towers. They hung their shields on your walls all around; they made xperfect your beauty.

12 l“Tarshish did mbusiness with you because of your great wealth of every kind; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your nwares. 13 oJavan, pTubal, and pMeshech traded with you; they exchanged human beings and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 From qBeth-togarmah they exchanged horses, war horses, and mules rfor your wares. 15 The men of sDedan1 traded with you. Many coastlands were your own special markets; they brought you in payment ivory tusks and ebony. 16 Syria tdid business with you because of your abundant goods; they exchanged for your wares uemeralds, upurple, vembroidered work, wfine linen, coral, and xruby. 17 Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise ywheat of zMinnith, meal,2 honey, oil, and abalm. 18 bDamascus did business with you for your abundant goods, because of your great wealth of every kind; wine of Helbon and cwool of Sahar 19 and casks of wine3 from Uzal they exchanged for your wares; wrought iron, dcassia, and ecalamus were bartered for your merchandise. 20 Dedan traded with you in saddlecloths for riding. 21 Arabia and all the princes of fKedar were your favored dealers fin lambs, rams, and goats; in these they did business with you. 22 The traders of gSheba and gRaamah traded with you; they exchanged hfor your wares ithe best of all kinds of spices and all precious stones and gold. 23 jHaran, Canneh, jEden, traders of Sheba, kAsshur, and Chilmad traded with you. 24 In your market these traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of lblue and lembroidered work, and in carpets of colored material, bound with cords and made secure. 25 mThe ships of nTarshish traveled for you with your merchandise. So you were filled and heavily laden oin the heart of the seas.

26  “Your rowers have brought you out

into the high seas.

pThe east wind has wrecked you

in the heart of the seas.

27  Your riches, your wares, your merchandise,

your mariners and qyour pilots,

ryour caulkers, your dealers in merchandise,

and all your men of war who are in you,

with all your crew

that is in your midst,

sink into the heart of the seas

son the day of your fall.

28  At the sound of the cry of your pilots

tthe countryside shakes,

29  and down from their ships

ucome all who handle the oar.

The mariners and all the pilots of the sea

stand on the land

30  uand shout aloud over you

and cry out bitterly.

vThey cast dust on their heads

wand wallow in ashes;

31  they xmake themselves bald for you

and put sackcloth on their waist,

and they weep over you in bitterness of soul,

with bitter mourning.

32  In their wailing they yraise a lamentation for you

and lament over you:

z‘Who is like Tyre,

like one destroyed in the midst of the sea?

33  When your wares came from the seas,

ayou satisfied many peoples;

with your abundant wealth and merchandise

ayou enriched the kings of the earth.

34  Now byou are wrecked by the seas,

in the depths of the waters;

your merchandise and all your crew in your midst

have sunk with you.

35  cAll the inhabitants of the coastlands

are appalled at you,

and dthe hair of their kings bristles with horror;

their faces are convulsed.

36  eThe merchants among the peoples fhiss at you;

gyou have come to a dreadful end

and shall be no more forever.’ ”

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