ben a-DAM YA-an a-sher A-m’-rah TZOR al y’-ru-sha-LA-im he-AKH nish-b’-RAH dal-TOT ha-a-MEEM na-SAY-bah ay-LAI i-ma-l’-AH ha-kho-ra-VAH
ב בֶּן־אָדָם יַעַן אֲשֶׁר־אָמְרָה צֹּר עַל־יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם הֶאָח נִשְׁבְּרָה דַּלְתוֹת הָעַמִּים נָסֵבָּה אֵלָי אִמָּלְאָה הָחֳרָבָה׃
Tyre, the capital city of the Phoenician empire, was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar and ultimately destroyed by Alexander the Great. Tyre was a great commercial center, with a rock fortress located offshore that was nearly impregnable. Its ability to withstand great armies made Tyre’s inhabitants arrogant and insensitive. They rejoice at the misfortune of their neighbors, trying to profit from the sufferings of others. Since their attitude towards Yerushalayim is described as “I shall be filled, now that it is laid in ruins,” Tyre is deserving of the divine punishments that will befall it.