11 With his horses’ hooves he will trample all your streets. He will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will tumble down to the ground. 12 They will steal your wealth and loot your merchandise. They will tear down your walls and destroy your luxurious homes. Your stones, your trees, and your soil he will throw into the water. 13 I will silence the noise of your songs; the sound of your harps will be heard no more. 14 I will make you a bare rock; you will be a place where fishing nets are spread. You will never be built again, for I, the Lord, have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.
1 This is an oracle, the Lord’s message concerning the land of Hadrach, with its focus on Damascus: The eyes of all humanity, especially of the tribes of Israel, are toward the Lord, 2 as are those of Hamath also, which adjoins Damascus, Tyre, and Sidon, though they consider themselves to be very wise. 3 Tyre built herself a fortification and piled up silver like dust and gold like the mud of the streets. 4 Nevertheless the Lord will evict her and shove her fortifications into the sea—she will be consumed by fire. 5 Ashkelon will see and be afraid; Gaza will be in great anguish, as will Ekron, for her hope will have been dried up. Gaza will lose her king, and Ashkelon will no longer be inhabited.
Notes and References
"... Tyre, who is so proud of the rampart defense of her island which she has built, is the same one who received in Ezekiel 26:14 the threat, 'you shall never be rebuilt'. Her gold which is like the 'mire of the streets' (Zechariah 9:3), a term of contempt in Micah 7:10 as, later, in Zechariah 10:5, ironically recalls the threat of Ezekiel 26 that the streets of Tyre will be trampled by the invader following the breaching of the walls, while her silver, which is 'like dust' (Zechariah 9:3) recalls the threat of Ezekiel 26:12 'your dust they will cast into the midst of the waters'. These allusions are strikingly echoed in Zechariah 9.3-4 ..."
Mason, Rex "The Use of Earlier Biblical Material in Zechariah 9–14: A Study in Inner Biblical Exegesis" in Boda, Mark J., and Michael H. Floyd, (ed.) Bringing out the Treasure: Inner Biblical Allusion in Zechariah 9-14 (p. 18) Sheffield Academic Press, 2003
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