“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 23, “A Prophecy About Tyre”

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“Be Blessed” Yolanda Adams

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy About Tyre,” Isaiah 23:1) The Burden (Oracle) of Tyre, Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in:  from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.  2) Be still ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.  3) And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.  Ezekiel 27:3.  4) Be thou ashamed, O Zidon:  for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.  5) As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

Quest Study Bible – v1-5, “How was Tyre destroyed?”  Tyre’s island fortress half a mile off shore made it seem unconquerable.  If the mainland portion of the city fell, as it did to Babylon in 572 B. C., the people would retreat to the island until the invaders left — 13 years later in Babylon’s case.  But centuries later, Alexander the Great defeated mainland Tyre.  Then, using the timber and stones from its ruins, he built a road across the water to the island city.  The fortress finally fell in 332 B. C.  Alexander crucified 2,000 and sold 30,000 into slavery.  Also see “What’s left in place of Tyre today?”  (Ezekiel 26:14).   v4, “Why would the sea say these things to Sidon?”  This is symbolic language, expressing the fact that the economy of the entire Mediterranean coastal world depended heavily on Tyre, a hub of commerce.  This was especially true of Sidon, Tyre’s sister Phoenician city 20 miles north (See Map 5 at the back of This Bible).  With Tyre suddenly gone, Sidon was as alone as a childless women — a terrible stigma in Isaiah’s day.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v1, 2, Tyre was besieged several times over a period of about four hundred years before it was finally laid waste by Alexander the Great in 332 B. C.  Cyprus had close commercial ties with Tyre (Ezekiel 27:6), as did Solomon (1 Kings 5:1, 8-11).  v3, 4, Shihor, a synonym (means the same) for Egypt (see Jeremiah 2:18), brought its coveted grain to Phoenicia, bringing revenue to Tyre, the market-place for the nations.  Sidon, the other prominent city along with Tyre, depended on the Mediterranean Sea for its livelihood, which is personified here as a bereft father.  v5, Egypt would be in agony because its profitable trading partner was gone.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-14, Tyre was the mart of the nations.  She was noted for mirth and diversions; and this made her loth to consider The Warnings God Gave By His Servants.  Her merchants were princes, and lived like princes.  Tyre being destroyed and laid waste, the merchants should abandon her.  Flee to shift for thine own safety, but those that are uneasy in one place, will be so in another; For When God’s Judgments Pursue Sinners, They Will Overtake Them.  Whence shall all this trouble come?  It Is A Destruction From The Almighty God Designed To Convince Men Of The Vanity And Uncertainty Of All Earthly Glory.  Let The Truth of Tyre Warn All Places And Persons To Take Heed Of Pride; For He Who Exalts Himself Shall Be Abased.  God Will Do It, Who Has All Power In His Hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments.  

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