Isaiah Chapter 23

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Isaiah 23

1 The burden 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.

Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

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.

As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.

11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.

14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.

16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

32 thoughts on “Isaiah Chapter 23

  1. The Rewards of the just
    Everything shall be laid out for the just. The just is going to enjoy the riches of the wicked. So rejoice when they are blessed, for verse 18 says that all the merchendise of those merchants will be for the just to eat.

  2. Is this silent ruin all that is left of your once joyous city? What a long history was yours! Think of all the colonists you sent to distant places. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth’s nobility. (Isaiah 23:7, 9 NLT)
    When The hand of God is no longer upon you, destruction!

  3. 11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

    What a God we serve! He can stretch out his hand to shake a kingdom and bring to a halt the trading around the world because of pride; or have one of His leaders stretch out his hand and part a sea for his people to walk on dry land to escape the enemy!

    According to our attitude, when he stretches out his hand toward us, which will it be, help or destruction?

  4. 7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

    Is this your joyous city? God has spoken of a city that will fall and her own feet will carry her afar off. This reminds me of people that go to sojourn in the world for many years away from God. Who loose the glory of God while they sojourn.

    We need to pray that we will always respect and honor our God the way he wants us to. Never let it be said about us
    IS THIS YOUR JOYOUS CITY?
    This was said because they had lost their joy and was falling. When we loose our joy we will began to fall into many spirits of deception.

    I PRAY GOD NEVER LET ME LOOSE MY JOY!!

  5. THE PAIN OF PRIDE AND IDOLATRY

    14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

    The Kingdom of GOD is about choices. We has privileged and empowered us to make choices, we are not mere puppets on a string nor programmed robots. This privilege and power misguided or misused will result in pride and idolatry. This is what happened to this desolate city.

    NLT
    Your traders crossed the sea,
    3 sailing over deep waters.
    They brought you grain from Egypt[b]
    and harvests from along the Nile.
    You were the marketplace of the world.

    What was once the desired place, the prosperous place was brought down by the LORD.

    Why?

    MSG
    4 “I’ve never had labor pains, never had a baby,
    never reared children to adulthood,
    Never gave life, never worked with life.
    It was all numbers, dead numbers, profit and loss.”

    Their LIFE became all about them. Their money, their profit, their freedoms, their power. The worshipped themselves and not GOD. They failed to reproduce. This is the KEY to success for the CHURCH. Travail, give the NEW BIRTH to the unbeliever. Allow GOD to BLESS and favor our lives as we do HIS work.

    iPray that i (we) never lose our PASSION for the Harvest, the we never become more focused on what we have than what is available for us to possess. Birth is painful for a mother and also for the church.

    We must never forget that GOD controls the WIND and the SEA!

    He shut this massive metro port down by the power of HIS hand and he is able to do the same to The POFW if we fail to focus on HIM and HIS Kingdom.

    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  6. iLove to eat the Word

    “The Destruction of Tyre, Fulfilled Prophecy From Isaiah and Ezekiel”

    Article from internet)

    According to history, the Phoenician city of Tyre, located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, stood as one of the most ancient and prosperous cities in history. Herodotus, known as the father of modern history, lived and wrote between about 490 B.C. and 425 B.C. (Herodotus, 1972, p. i). During a visit to the temple of Heracles in Tyre, Herodotus inquired about the age of the temple, to which the inhabits replied that the temple was as old as “Tyre itself, and that Tyre had already stood for two thousand three hundred years” (Herodotus, 2:44). From Herodotus, then, it can be supposed that the city goes back to 2,700 B.C.

    In addition to its beneficial geographic position, the city had great confidence in its many excellent defensive advantages. Fleming noted: “As early as 1400 B.C. Tyre was not only a great city but was considered impregnable” (p. 8). The ancient historian Quintus Curtius Rufus (most likely writing in approximately A.D. 50), listed several of these defensive traits that had remained intact as late as the siege by Alexander in 332 B.C. The force of the water and the wind that prevailed on the side of the city closest to the land was said to have produced a “corrosive force of waves” that would hinder the construction of any type of bridge or causeway from the mainland (4.2.8). Furthermore, the water nearest to the walls of the city was “especially deep” and would force any would-be attackers to position any type of siege mechanisms in the unstable foundation of a ship, and the wall “dropped sheer into the sea,” which prevented the use of ladders or approach by foot (4.2.9).

    The historical account of Alexander the Great’s dealings with Tyre adds another important piece to Ezekiel’s prophecy. By 333 B.C., Ezekiel’s prophecy that Tyre would be destroyed and its building material cast into the midst of the waters had yet to materialize. But that situation was soon to be altered. Ancient historian Diodorus Siculus, who lived from approximately 80-20 B.C., wrote extensively of the young Greek conqueror’s dealing with Tyre. It is from his original work that much of the following information on Tyre’s destruction derives (see Siculus, 1963, 17.40-46).

    In his dealings with Tyre, Alexander asserted that he wished to make a personal sacrifice in the temple of Heracles on the island city of Tyre. Apparently, because the Tyrians considered their island refuge virtually impregnable, with war machines covering the walls, and rapidly moving water acting as an effective barrier from land attack, they refused his request. Upon receiving their refusal, Alexander immediately set to work on a plan to besiege and conquer the city. He set upon the task of building a land bridge or cause way (Siculus calls it a “mole”) from the mainland city of Tyre to the island city. Siculus stated: “Immediately he demolished what was called Old Tyre and set many tens of thousands of men to work carrying stones to construct a mole” (17.40). Curtius Rufus noted: “Large quantities of rock were available, furnished by old Tyre” (4.2.18). This unprecedented action took the Tyrians by complete surprise. Fleming noted: “In former times the city had shown herself well nigh impregnable. That Alexander’s method of attack was not anticipated is not strange, for there was no precedent for it in the annals of warfare” (p. 56). And yet, even though this action was unprecedented militarily, it was exactly what one might expect from the description of the destruction of Tyre given by Ezekiel hundreds of years prior to Alexander’s actions. The mainland city was demolished and all her stones, timber, and soil were thrown into the midst of the sea.

    This aerial view of Tyre vividly shows the landbridge that Alexander created. Much silt and sand has accumulated over the years to widen the area of the original causeway.

    In spite of the fact that the Tyrians were taken by surprise, they were not disheartened, because they did not believe that Alexander’s efforts would prevail. They continued to maintain supremacy on the sea, and harassed his workers from all sides from boats that were equipped with catapults, slingers, and archers. These tactics were effective in killing many of Alexander’s men. But Alexander was not to be outdone. He gathered his own fleet of ships from nearby cities and was successful in neutralizing the Tyrian vessels’ effectiveness.

    With the arrival of Alexander’s sea fleet, the work on the land bridge moved much more rapidly. Yet, when the construction of the bridge was nearing completion, a storm damaged a large section of the mole. Refusing to quit, Alexander rebuilt the damaged structure and continued to move forward. In desperation, the Tyrians sent underwater divers to impede construction by attaching hooks to the rocks and trees of the causeway, causing much damage (Rufus, 4.3.10). Yet, these efforts by the Tyrians could not stop Alexander’s army and eventually the bridge spanned the distance from the mainland city to the island. Huge siege machines bombarded the walls of Tyre. Siculus’ description of the fight is one of the most vivid accounts of a battle in ancient history (17.43-46).

    Eventually the Tyrians were defeated, their walls penetrated, and Alexander’s forces entered the city and devastated it. Most of the men of Tyre were killed in continued fighting. Siculus recorded that approximately 2,000 of the men in Tyre who were of military age were crucified, and about 13,000 “non-combatants” were sold into slavery (17.46) [Others estimate the number even higher.] In describing the devastation of the city by Alexander, Fleming wrote: “There was general slaughter in the streets and square. The Macedonians were enraged by the stubborn resistance of the city and especially by the recent murder of some of their countrymen; they therefore showed no mercy. A large part of the city was burned” (p. 63).

  7. As destruction comes upon us we will “Howl”. How much better to praise God and prevent such calamities in our lives. Also, we should look at the experiences of others (history) and not repeat the same mistakes.

  8. But her gain and her hire [the profits of Tyre’s new prosperity] will be dedicated to the Lord [eventually]; it will not be treasured or stored up, for her gain will be used for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord [the ministers], that they may eat sufficiently and have durable and stately clothing [suitable for those who minister at God’s altar]. (Isaiah 23:18 AMP)

    God is so good!! He’s got our back!!

    A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up. (Proverbs 13:22 AMP)

  9. 16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

    Even in the unrest of this city, there was the desire for someone to worship the Lord, that He would attend unto the forgotten people, by responding to someone singing melodies unto Him.

  10. HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!!
    5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
    A REPORT!?! WHAT KIND OF REPORT IS THERE OF OUR LIVES??? DOES THE WORLD SEE JESUS IN US OR DO THEY SEE THE WORLD IN US??? DO THEY SEE GOOD DEEDS OR ARE THEY SEEING THE OPPOSITE??
    JESUS!!! HELP ME LORD THAT MY LIFE WOULD BE A SWEET SWEET AROMA BEFORE YOUR PRESENCE AND THAT THERE WOULD BE LESS OF ME AND MORE OF YOU JESUS!!! I LOVE YOU DADDY!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!

  11. 9 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth’s nobility. (NLT)

    Like Bro. Mahaney said yesterday morning, you can either humble yourself now or God will do it. If we continue in pride we will fall to destruction and God will put us into a place so that we have no other choice but to look to Him and humble ourselves. *Hint: We need ask God to cleanse us of our prideful ways and humble ourselves now!

  12. HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!!
    5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
    A REPORT!?! WHAT KIND OF REPORT IS THERE OF OUR LIVES??? DOES THE WORLD SEE JESUS IN US OR DO THEY SEE THE WORLD IN US??? DO THEY SEE GOOD DEEDS OR ARE THEY SEEING THE OPPOSITE??
    JESUS!!! HELP ME LORD THAT MY LIFE WOULD BE A SWEET SWEET AROMA BEFORE YOUR PRESENCE AND THAT THERE WOULD BE LESS OF ME AND MORE OF YOU JESUS!!! I LOVE YOU DADDY!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!

  13. How will God get your attention? Will you listen when he sends a word just for you? Or will it take just a couple of bumps and bruises before you pay attention? Or will you be like the city of Tyre, will you need to be completely destroyed before you bow down and repent. God will get your attention one way or another, don’t let prideful heart cause great pain down the road.

  14. 7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

    If we lose the joy of the Lord, it’ll be our very own feet that carry us far far away. We must not let the world around us influence what we believe brings us joy

  15. The command is given.

    11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

    Fort Worth Tx. is the 16th largest city in the US. It has much to do as a merchant city. Many don’t know this , but Fort Worth is home to the BNSF Railroad Co. Now that might not mean a whole lot to some. But it does when you know what trains do. For example, 70 tp 90% of all goods that are used come from ship to train to 18 wheeler to the store. Now is a train important? BNSF is one of the biggest in North America, and also we have a big hub for the Union Pacific Railroad, which is the biggest RR in North America.
    Now with all that being said, this then brings in and allows strongholds to come in. As it has been said to our church we are and have been breaking strongholds in our city. So Keep the Faith, stay true, and live for God.

  16. 9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

    PRIDE… What a fall

    What a statement, God has purposed it to taint the pride, and to bring all of the honorable of the earth into not only question, but contempt. This would go right along with “let every man be a lie and the word stand true”, and ” pride comes before the fall”.

    Many times, we don’t catch the part where God purposed our fall from “glory”. We must realize, that He alone is Lord, and we are nothing without him. He were made by Him, and for Him, not for us to gallivant around doing whatever we please.

    When we get proud, we often loose our submission, and end up loosing our victory if we do not repent and correct our steps very quickly. Many times it all begins with our attitudes.

    We must keep good attitudes, the attitudes of servants. We must stay submitted, and not get proud. We do get to walk in victory, but we must stay humble, giving Him ALL glory, that He be lifted up..

  17. 18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

    The bible declares the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous.

    I believe this is going to happen in our life time. God has a mission to reach the world before he returns. The question he asks is can we be trusted with it?

    The great news is as long as we are faithful over the small things he will make us ruler over the big things.

    Pray for God to help us to be faithful and we will soon have abundant resources to do what he needs!

  18. This chapter illustrates stand. Nothing will stand, once the Lord purposes it. One must build upon the rock (Jesus), if one is to stand the wails of life. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

    Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 KJV
    May sure you (I) am doing what God wants us to do and we get ourselves out of the way and let God do his will.

  20. TAP OUT

    The purpose of the Lord ( what will get your attention?)

    9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

    Jesus does whatever it takes to save us. His purpose is to save us.

    Luke 19:10
    For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost .

    Some people as we know are harder to reach than others. It is not always what it appears when it comes to people. We get to hear testimony after testimony of rough situations and pasts that Jesus has graciously turned around, but i know more stories like brother Mahaneys that didn’t turn out good. The stories of the loss of life due to ignorant drug use. People don’t know how far it will take you. Jesus has a purpose and it is fulfilled in every testimony that we can turn around and us e for his glory. What will it take to reach our families? How far will we have to go ? How much hell do we have to go through with them before the call of the lord is stronger than the call of the world? How tragic does the the call have to become before we are confounded to the point of surrender? Surrender as the preacher said is just giving up because you know that you cant win the losing battle that your in and you need help to get out. Everyone has to Tap out or get their arm broke. I know. it is only human nature to find refuge when you are getting whipped from every direction. I know. The submission comes after the surrender. It takes much easier to let Jesus fight your battles before you ever know about them than to let it get right in the middle of the mess and have to beg for mercy and Tap Out. submit to Jesus and really trust him, it will save you alot of scares. I know

  21. 8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?
    9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

    The Lord brings down the proud. We know that a proud and haughty spirit is not acceptable to God. We live, breathe and have our being only through Him and it is Him that we should acknowledge and give glory to and not ourselves.

  22. Wow. What a place. This passage talks a lot about the burdens and distraction that comes along with it. Burdens keep you down. They tie you to something and then they act like a weight. They keep you low. We have to get to a place where we don’t have the burdens of this worl!

  23. 11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

    The Lord has brought us to a place of great revival. Everything in this city will be shaken. Don’t be afraid even when the shaking begins in your own home.

    God is Great!

  24. The Great Tyre

    1 The burden 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.

    In ancient times the city-state of Tyre boasted a large seaport, and many surrounding areas depended on it for trade. Two harbors-one on the mainland and another on an offshore island- kept the location thriving with buisness. Tyre prospered during the reigns of David and Solomon because its king provided wood and labor for building palaces and the Lord’s temple. The psalmist and the prophets mention Tyre, with the latter condemning its pride and extravagance. Because of its excesses, God allows a succession of enemies to capture Tyre: the Assyrians, Babylonians and Alexander the Great with his Greek army (Eze 27). All of these neighboring nations and city states are affected by Tyre’s fall. Their wealth is controlled by hers. With her destruction, those around her are also destroyed, and they “wail and mourn” (Eze 27: 32) their loss. Jesus visited Tyre a number of times. Today it’s a small town of about 5,000 inhabitants.

    In Mat 11:21-22 Jesus says “21“What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.”

    We shouldn’t take lightly the supernatural Jesus does in our lives, for when we turn away after having His Spirit, we are worse in judgment off for rejecting Him: 2 Pe 2:19 “They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

    Rev 18 speaks of an incredibly similar fall- Babylon/Cosmos in vs 11-19. But their is much for us to rejoice about in her fall:
    20“Rejoice over her, you heavens!
    Rejoice, you people of God!
    Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
    For God has judged her
    with the judgment she imposed on you.”

    Isa 23:9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

  25. Pride destroys lives and takes you away from the good works that God has planned for you. It’s not about us, it’s all about giving God the glory. I thank God for all the Good works has has in mind for POFW. Lord I glorify your holy name.

  26. iReap

    18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

    He said to the servant, I will judge and condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked slave! You knew [did you] that I was a stern (hard, severe) man, picking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? (Luke 19:22 AMP)

    There is a harvest for us that is beyond what we have sown. But we must be willing to go and get it. Our faith must be put into action so we can gather in the harvest and not wait in vain for the barns and silos to fill themselves. When the children of Israel went to possess the land, the manna stopped and God said “go take dominion.” The fruit is laid up, but will we go get it?

    Joshua 5:12-15
    12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the Lord ‘s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

    The fruit is holy unto God, the place is sanctified for His purpose of taking over, will we respond and let Him work through us to do so?

    Through Christ, we will take this city!

  27. The amplified version reads it like this: 18 But her gain and her hire [the profits of Tyre’s new prosperity] will be [b]dedicated to the Lord [eventually]; it will not be treasured or stored up, for her gain will be used for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord [the ministers], that they may eat sufficiently and have durable and stately clothing [suitable for those who minister at God’s altar].

    All I can say is that this scripture came to mind Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.

    That is just great

  28. Verse 9 MSG “God-of-the-Angel-Armies ordered the crash to show the sordid backside of pride and puncture the inflated reputations.”

    Proverbs 16:18 MSG “First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Stay in check with Jesus and stay away from the backside or you’ll be crushed.

  29. Holiness to the Lord. We should ask ourselves if what we’re doing is holy before the Lord. If is not, then it’s time to pray and seek God’s face. He’s looking for a holy people.

  30. Praise break

    16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

    Even in a forgotten state praise breaks the silence… If we praise through our forgotten place then The Lord will break strongholds. Have a praise break, let The Lord see in the forgotten there can be rememberance… Break every chain!

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