Against Tyre and Sidon (Zech 9:2-9:4)

“Tyre and Sidon thought

That they are very wise.

Tyre has built itself a rampart.

They piled up silver

Like dust.

They piled up gold

Like the dirt of the streets.

But now,

Yahweh will strip it

Of its possessions.

He will hurl

Her wealth

Into the sea.

Tyre shall be devoured

By fire.”

The 2 coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon, in present day Lebanon, thought that they were wise.  They had built fortresses to protect themselves.  They had so much silver and gold that it was like dust or dirt on the streets.  However, Yahweh was going to strip them of their possessions, by hurling their wealth into the sea.  The city of Tyre would also suffer a devouring fire.

The power of King Solomon (2 Chr 9:25-9:28)

“King Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horses, that he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. The king made silver as common as stone in Jerusalem. Cedar was as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. Horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt and from all lands”.

This section is loosely based on 1 Kings, chapter 10. In case there was trouble King Solomon had 4,000 horse and chariot stalls with 12,000 horses ready to go, either in Jerusalem or in the chariot towns. He ruled from the Euphrates River to Egypt. Only the Philistines still held unto the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, while the Phoenicians worked with him. Jerusalem was a wealthy town. Silver was as common as stones. Cedar wood was as available as sycamore wood. Horses were imported from Egypt and elsewhere.