The Chaldeans defeat Tyre (Isa 23:13-23:14)

“Look at the land of the Chaldeans!

This is the people.

It was not Assyria.

They destined Tyre

For wild animals.

They erected their siege towers.

They tore down her palaces.

They made her a ruin.

Wail!

O ships of Tarshish!

Your fortress is destroyed!”

Isaiah proclaims that the Chaldeans, not the Assyrians had over run Tyre. The land of the Chaldeans was southern Mesopotamia or southern Assyria. They were a distinct Semitic group that later blended into the Assyrian population. Technically, they were not Assyria itself, because they fought for the Assyrians. They wanted Tyre to become a place for wild animals. They erected towers and tore down their palaces as they ruined the city of Tyre. Therefore those rich ships from Tarshish had no place to dock. Their cargo would be laid waste, without a place to unload and sell it.

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