Biblical Quotes from the H&E Phinney's Stereotype Edition - 1838
Tyre is frequently mentioned in the Bible:
(1) Ezekiel 27 - Description
"The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying: Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyre: And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord God, O Tyrus thou least said. I am of perfect beauty: Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected beauty: They have made all thy shipboards of fir-trees of "Senir" they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee.: Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim: Fine linen, with broidered work from Egypt, was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.: The inhabitants of Sidon and Aryad were thy mariners; thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee were thy pilots.: The ancients of Gebal, and the wise men thereof, were in thee thy calkers; all the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were in thee to occupy thy merchandise. They of Persia, and of Lud, and of Phut were in thine army thy men of war; they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness: The men of Arvan, with thine army, were upon thy walls round about, and the Gainmadims were in thy towers; they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect. Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy market.: Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants; they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.: They of the house Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules. The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thy hand; they brought thee for a present, horns of ivory and ebony. Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of wares of thy making; they occupied in the fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.: Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith and Pannag and honey, and oil and balm. Damascus was thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon and white wool. Dan also and Javan, going to and fro, occupied in thy fairs; bright iron, cassia and calamus were in thy market.: Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots.: Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats; in these were they thy merchants.: The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants; they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones and gold.: Haran, and Canneh, and Eden the merchants of Sheba, Asshur , and Chilmad, were thy merchants.: These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar among thy merchants.: The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market; and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas.: Thy towers have brought thee into great waters; the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas. Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise,thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war that are in thee, and in all thy company, which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.: ....."
(2) Ezekiel 28:12-19 Envy of Tyre
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God, Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbunele, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the aniointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence,and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as pofane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stone of fire. Thy heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee it shall devour thee; and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth, in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
(3) Ezekiel 26 and 29 Fall to Babylon
For thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field; and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee. He shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers. By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach. With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword; and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground. And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise; and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones, and thy timber and thy dust, in the midst of the water. And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease: and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. And I will make thee like the top of a rock; thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built : no more: for I the Lord have spoken it, saith the Lord God Thus saith the Lord God to Tyrus, Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee. Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee. And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed that wast inhabited of sea-faring men, the renowned city which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it.
....continuing Ezekiel 29:17-18
And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me saying. Son o man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it.
(4) Isaiah 23 - refers to the wealth of Tyre
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 seen 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 port 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 you 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 crowing city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honorable of the earth. The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to strain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth. Pass through thy land as a river, O-daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength. 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. And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest. 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. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste. 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 a harlot. Take a harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten: make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered, 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 fortification with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. 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.
(5) Joshua 11:5-8 Battle of Merom
And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel. And the Lord said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them. And the Lord delivered them into the hand of Israel who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephoth-maim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining.
(6) Joshua 19:29-31 Tyre the "Strong" city made part of Asher
And then the coast turneth to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turneth to Hosah: and the outgoings thereof are at the sea, from the coast to Achzib Ummanh also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.
(7) Samuel II 5:11 Building the House of David
And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house.
(8) Kings I 5
And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solmon; (for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father; for Hiram was ever a lover of David. And Solomon sent to Hiram saying, Thou knowest how that David my father could not build a house unto the name of the Lord his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. And, behold, I purpose to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build a house unto my name. Now therefore command thou that thee hew me cedar-trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants, according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians. and it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people. And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir. My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea; and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire in giving food for my household. So Hiram gave Solomon cedar-trees and fir-trees, according to all his desire. And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand measures of wheat for food to his household, and twenty measures of pure oil; thus gave Solomon to Hiram year by year. And the Lord gave Solmon wisdom, as he promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together. And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel: and the levy was thirty thousand men .... And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, and the stone-squarers; so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.
(9) Chronicles II 8:2 return of cities
That the cities which Hiram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.
(10) Kings I 9:10-15
And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord, and the kings house, (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar-trees, and fir-trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee, And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solmon had given him; and they please him not. And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother. And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day. And Hiram sent to the king six score talents of gold. And this is the reason for the levy which king Solomon raised, For to build the house of the Lord, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor and Megidido and Gezer.
(11) Kings I 9:26-28 & 10:22 Solomon's navy
And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geger, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, ship men that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.
For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish, with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
(12) Kings I 16:29-31 marriage to Jezebel
And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah, began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel, in Samaria, twenty and two years. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaall king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
(13) Kings I 16:31-33 Israel accepts Baal
He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaia. Ahab made an asherah. ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.
(14) Acts 12:20 Tyre nourished by Israel
And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.
(15) Acts 21:3,7 Paul visits Tyre
Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.
(16) Matthew 15:21-22 Jesus visits Tyre
Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David! my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
(17) Mark 7:24
And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into a house, and would have no man know it; but he could not hide.
(18) Joel 3:4-6 Tyre sells Jews into slavery
Yea, and what have ye to do with me O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompense? and it ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head: Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things. The children also of Judah, and the children of Jerusalem, have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
(19) Amos 1 9:10 Tyre sell Jews into slavery
Thus saith the Lord, For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus which shall devour the palaces thereof.
(20) Matthew 26: 14 - 16 Payment to Judas
Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, and said to them. "What will ye give me if I deliver him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.