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16 Then all the leaders of the countries by the sea will step down from their thrones and show their sadness. They will take off their special robes and their beautiful clothes. Then they will put on their ‘clothes of shaking.’ They will sit on the ground and shake with fear. They will be shocked at how quickly you were destroyed. 17 They will sing this sad song about you:

“‘Tyre, you were a famous city.[a]
    People came from across the sea to live in you.[b]
You were famous,
    but now you are gone!
You were strong on the sea,
    and so were the people who lived in you.
You made all who live on the mainland
    afraid of you.
18 Now, on the day you fall,
    the countries along the coast will shake with fear.
You started many colonies along the coast.
    Now those people will be afraid when you are gone!’”

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 26:17 you were a famous city This can also mean “People have cried for you.”
  2. Ezekiel 26:17 People … you This can also mean “People have lived in you for a long time.”

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