ImmerseProphets - Page 371

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Numerous coastlands were your captive markets; they brought payment
in ivory tusks and ebony wood.
“Syr­ia sent merchants to buy your rich variety of goods. They traded
turquoise, purple dyes, embroidery, fine linen, and jewelry of coral and
rubies. Ju­dah and Is­ra­el traded for your wares, offering wheat from Min­
nith, figs, honey, olive oil, and balm.
“Da­mas­cus sent merchants to buy your rich variety of goods, bringing
wine from Hel­bon and white wool from Za­har. Greeks from Uzal came
to trade for your merchandise. Wrought iron, cassia, and fragrant calamus
were bartered for your wares.
“Dedan sent merchants to trade their expensive saddle blankets with
you. The Ara­bians and the princes of Ke­dar sent merchants to trade lambs
and rams and male goats in exchange for your goods. The merchants of
She­ba and Ra­a­mah came with all kinds of spices, jewels, and gold in ex­
change for your wares.
“Ha­ran, Canneh, Eden, She­ba, As­shur, and Kil­mad came with their
merchandise, too. They brought choice fabrics to trade—blue cloth, em­
broidery, and multicolored carpets rolled up and bound with cords. The
ships of Tar­shish were your ocean caravans. Your island warehouse was
filled to the brim!
“But look! Your oarsmen
have taken you into stormy seas!
A mighty eastern gale
has wrecked you in the heart of the sea!
Everything is lost—
your riches and wares,
your sailors and pilots,
your ship builders, merchants, and warriors.
On the day of your ruin,
everyone on board sinks into the depths of the sea.
Your cities by the sea tremble
as your pilots cry out in terror.
All the oarsmen abandon their ships;
the sailors and pilots stand on the shore.
They cry aloud over you
and weep bitterly.
They throw dust on their heads
and roll in ashes.
They shave their heads in grief for you
and dress themselves in burlap.
They weep for you with bitter anguish

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