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Isaiah 23:12


23:12 He said,

“You will no longer celebrate,

oppressed 1  virgin daughter Sidon!

Get up, travel to Cyprus,

but you will find no relief there.” 2 

Isaiah 37:22

37:22 this is what the Lord says about him: 3 

“The virgin daughter Zion 4 

despises you – she makes fun of you;

daughter Jerusalem

shakes her head after you. 5 

1 tn Or “violated, raped,” the point being that Daughter Sidon has lost her virginity in the most brutal manner possible.

2 tn Heb “[to the] Kittim, get up, cross over; even there there will be no rest for you.” On “Kittim” see the note on “Cyprus” at v. 1.

3 tn Heb “this is the word which the Lord has spoken about him.”

4 sn Zion (Jerusalem) is pictured here as a young, vulnerable daughter whose purity is being threatened by the would-be Assyrian rapist. The personification hints at the reality which the young girls of the city would face if the Assyrians conquer it.

5 sn Shaking the head was a mocking gesture of derision.

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