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Lamentation for Tyre

27 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying, “Now, son of man, atake up a lamentation for Tyre, and say to Tyre, b‘You who 1are situated at the entrance of the sea, cmerchant of the peoples on many coastlands, thus says the Lord God:

“O Tyre, you have said,

d‘I am perfect in beauty.’

4 Your borders are in the midst of the seas.

Your builders have perfected your beauty.

5 They 2made all your planks of fir trees from eSenir;

They took a cedar from Lebanon to make you a mast.

6 Of foaks from Bashan they made your oars;

The company of Ashurites have inlaid your planks

With ivory from gthe coasts of 3Cyprus.

7 Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was what you spread for your sail;

Blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was what covered you.

8 “Inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen;

Your wise men, O Tyre, were in you;

They became your pilots.

9 Elders of hGebal and its wise men

Were in you to caulk your seams;

All the ships of the sea

And their oarsmen were in you

To market your merchandise.

10 “Those from Persia, 4Lydia, and 5Libya

Were in your army as men of war;

They hung shield and helmet in you;

They gave splendor to you.

11 Men of Arvad with your army were on your walls all around,

And the men of Gammad were in your towers;

They hung their shields on your walls all around;

They made iyour beauty perfect.

12 j“Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods. 13 kJavan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered lhuman lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 Those from the house of mTogarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules. 15 The men of nDedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payment. 16 Syria was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made. They gave you for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies. 17 Judah and the land of Israel were your traders. They traded for your merchandise wheat of oMinnith, millet, honey, oil, and pbalm. 18 Damascus was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made, because of your many luxury items, with the wine of Helbon and with white wool. 19 Dan and Javan paid for your wares, 6traversing back and forth. Wrought iron, cassia, and cane were among your merchandise. 20 qDedan was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding. 21 Arabia and all the princes of rKedar were your regular merchants. They traded with you in lambs, rams, and goats. 22 The merchants of sSheba and Raamah were your merchants. They traded for your wares the choicest spices, all kinds of precious stones, and gold. 23 tHaran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of uSheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants. 24 These were your merchants in choice items—in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chests of multicolored apparel, in sturdy woven cords, which were in your marketplace.

25 “The vships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise.

You were filled and very glorious win the midst of the seas.

26 Your oarsmen brought you into many waters,

But xthe east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.

27 “Your yriches, wares, and merchandise,

Your mariners and pilots,

Your caulkers and merchandisers,

All your men of war who are in you,

And the entire company which is in your midst,

Will fall into the midst of the seas on the day of your ruin.

28 The zcommon-land 7will shake at the sound of the cry of your pilots.

29 “All awho handle the oar,

The mariners,

All the pilots of the sea

Will come down from their ships and stand on the 8shore.

30 They will make their voice heard because of you;

They will cry bitterly and bcast dust on their heads;

They cwill roll about in ashes;

31 They will dshave themselves completely bald because of you,

Gird themselves with sackcloth,

And weep for you

With bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.

32 In their wailing for you

They will etake up a lamentation,

And lament for you:

f‘What city is like Tyre,

Destroyed in the midst of the sea?

33 ‘When gyour wares went out by sea,

You satisfied many people;

You enriched the kings of the earth

With your many luxury goods and your merchandise.

34 But hyou are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters;

iYour merchandise and the entire company will fall in your midst.

35 jAll the inhabitants of the isles will be astonished at you;

Their kings will be greatly afraid,

And their countenance will be troubled.

36 The merchants among the peoples kwill hiss at you;

lYou will become a horror, and be no mmore forever.’ ” ’ ”


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