Isaiah 23

What word did God give regarding Phoenicia?
The Phoenicians were a seafaring people and the world’s first great maritime power. They established several trading colonies throughout the Mediterranean, including: Cyprus, Greece, North Africa, Malta, Sicily, and Spain.

Isaiah’s oracle concerns the destruction of Tyre and Sidon, two leading cities of Phoenicia, which had a devastating impact upon the Mediterranean economy (23:1-7). Pride is listed as the reason for God’s judgment on Phoenicia (23:8-12). Things would be difficult in Phoenicia for a period of seventy years (23:13-18).

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