Isaiah 2:16
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New International Version
for every trading ship and every stately vessel.

New Living Translation
He will destroy all the great trading ships and every magnificent vessel.

English Standard Version
against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft.

New American Standard Bible
Against all the ships of Tarshish And against all the beautiful craft.

King James Bible
And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
against every ship of Tarshish, and against every splendid sea vessel.

International Standard Version
against all the ships from Tarshish, and against all their impressive watercraft.

NET Bible
for all the large ships, for all the impressive ships.

New Heart English Bible
For all the ships of Tarshish, and for all pleasant imagery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
against all the large ships of Tarshish and all the beautiful boats.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And upon all the ships of Tarshish, And upon all delightful imagery.

New American Standard 1977
Against all the ships of Tarshish,
            And against all the beautiful craft.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and upon all the ships of Tarshish and upon all pleasant pictures.

King James 2000 Bible
And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all beautiful vessels.

American King James Version
And on all the ships of Tarshish, and on all pleasant pictures.

American Standard Version
and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant imagery.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And upon all the ships of Tharsis, and upon all that is fair to behold.

Darby Bible Translation
and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant works of art.

English Revised Version
and upon all the ships of Tarshish; and upon all pleasant imagery.

Webster's Bible Translation
And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

World English Bible
For all the ships of Tarshish, and for all pleasant imagery.

Young's Literal Translation
And for all ships of Tarshish, And for all desirable pictures.
Study Bible
The Day of the Reckoning
15Against every high tower, Against every fortified wall, 16Against all the ships of Tarshish And against all the beautiful craft. 17The pride of man will be humbled And the loftiness of men will be abased; And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,…
Cross References
Revelation 8:9
a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

1 Kings 10:22
For the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

Isaiah 2:17
The pride of man will be humbled And the loftiness of men will be abased; And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,

Isaiah 23:1
The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, For Tyre is destroyed, without house or harbor; It is reported to them from the land of Cyprus.

Isaiah 23:14
Wail, O ships of Tarshish, For your stronghold is destroyed.

Isaiah 60:9
"Surely the coastlands will wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, For the name of the LORD your God, And for the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified you.

Isaiah 66:19
"I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Rosh, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations.

Ezekiel 27:25
"The ships of Tarshish were the carriers for your merchandise. And you were filled and were very glorious In the heart of the seas.
Treasury of Scripture

And on all the ships of Tarshish, and on all pleasant pictures.

the ships

Isaiah 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, …

1 Kings 10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: …

1 Kings 22:48,49 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but …

Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing you praises with understanding.

Revelation 18:17-19 For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. And every shipmaster, …

pleasant pictures. Heb. pictures of desire

Numbers 33:52 Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before …

Revelation 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for …

(16) And upon all the ships of Tarshish.--The words point to the commerce in the Red Sea carried on by the fleets of Uzziah and Jotham (1Kings 22:48); perhaps also to that in the Mediterranean with Tarshish, or Tartessus (Spain), as in Jonah 1:3. The "ships of Tarshish" had come to be used generically for all ships of the class used in such commerce, whether crossing the Mediterranean to Spain, or circumnavigating Africa, or passing over the Persian Gulf to Ophir.

Upon all pleasant pictures.--Literally, upon all imagery of delight (Comp. Leviticus 26:1; Numbers 33:52.) The combination of the phrase with "the ships of Tarshish" suggests the inference that it includes the works of art which were brought by them from East and West. For these, it would seem, there was a mania among the higher classes in Jerusalem, like that which in later times has fastened upon china, or pictures, or carvings in ivory. So the ships of Solomon brought gold and silver, and "ivory and apes and peacocks" (1Kings 10:22). The "ivory beds" of Amos 6:4, the "gold rings set with the beryl," the "ivory overlaid with sapphires," the "pillars of marble set upon sockets of fine gold" of Song of Solomon 5:14-15, the precious things in the treasury of Hezekiah (Isaiah 39:2), may be taken as examples of this form of luxury. The stheticism of the Roman Empire, of the Renaissance of the fifteenth century, of the age of Louis XIV., of our own time and country, presents obvious parallels.

Verse 16. - All the ships of Tarshish. "Ships of Tarshish" meant originally "ships built to sail to Tarshish;" but was used by the later writers for ships of a certain class or size (1 Kings 22:48; Psalm 48:7; Ezekiel 27:25). Tarshish was Tartessus, in Spain, and voyages thither were regarded as long and dangerous (Herod., 1:163). Consequently, the ships which were built for the Tartessian trade were of unusual size and strength. Uzziah had "built [i.e. rebuilt] Elath," in the eastern arm of the Red Sea, early in his reign (2 Kings 14:22), and no doubt maintained a fleet there, as Jehoshaphat had done (1 Kings 22:48). Elath remained in the possession of the Jews till the reign of Ahaz, when it was taken by Rezin, and restored to Edom (see 'Speaker's Commentary' on 2 Kings 16:6). Upon all pleasant pictures; Revised Version, all pleasant imagery. The exact word here translated "pictures" does not occur elsewhere in the Old Testament; but a cognate word is not uncommon. From the passages in which this cognate word occurs (especially Leviticus 26:1; Numbers 33:52; Proverbs 25:11; Ezekiel 8:12), it is concluded that works of art, of some sort or other, are intended. More than this can scarcely be determined. Dr. Kay thinks the term to include "sculptures and fresco-paintings." Mr. Cheyne translates "all delightful works of imagery." The sentiment is that the judgment of God will fall on the most valued contents of palaces and grand houses, no less than upon the forests and the mountains, the fortified places, and the national navy. All wilt be involved in one sweeping destruction. And upon all the ships of Tarshish,.... Upon all the merchants and merchandises of Rome. The Targum is,

"and upon all that dwell in the islands of the sea.''

See Revelation 16:20. Tarshish, as Vitringa observes, designs Tartessus or Gades in Spain, which must bring to mind the memorable destruction of the Spanish Armada in 1558, as he also notes.

And upon all pleasant pictures; of Christ and the Virgin Mary, of angels, and of saints departed, the Papists make use of to help their devotion. The Targum is,

"and upon all that dwell in beautiful palaces;''

such as those of the pope and his cardinals at Rome, and of archbishops and bishops at other places. The Septuagint version is, "and upon all the sight of the beauty of ships"; such were the ships of the Phoenicians, which were very much ornamented, and beautiful to behold. 16. Tarshish—Tartessus in southwest Spain, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir, near Gibraltar. It includes the adjoining region: a Phoenician colony; hence its connection with Palestine and the Bible (2Ch 9:21). The name was also used in a wide sense for the farthest west, as our West Indies (Isa 66:19; Ps 48:7; 72:10). "Ships of Tarshish" became a phrase for richly laden and far-voyaging vessels. The judgment shall be on all that minister to man's luxury (compare Re 18:17-19).

pictures—ordered to be destroyed (Nu 33:52). Still to be seen on the walls of Nineveh's palaces. It is remarkable that whereas all other ancient civilized nations, Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Rome, have left monuments in the fine arts, Judea, while rising immeasurably above them in the possession of "the living oracles," has left none of the former. The fine arts, as in modern Rome, were so often associated with polytheism, that God required His people in this, as in other respects, to be separate from the nations (De 4:15-18). But Vulgate translation is perhaps better, "All that is beautiful to the sight"; not only paintings, but all luxurious ornaments. One comprehensive word for all that goes before (compare Re 18:12, 14, 16).2:10-22 The taking of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans seems first meant here, when idolatry among the Jews was done away; but our thoughts are led forward to the destruction of all the enemies of Christ. It is folly for those who are pursued by the wrath of God, to think to hide or shelter themselves from it. The shaking of the earth will be terrible to those who set their affections on things of the earth. Men's haughtiness will be brought down, either by the grace of God convincing them of the evil of pride, or by the providence of God depriving them of all the things they were proud of. The day of the Lord shall be upon those things in which they put their confidence. Those who will not be reasoned out of their sins, sooner or later shall be frightened out of them. Covetous men make money their god; but the time will come when they will feel it as much their burden. This whole passage may be applied to the case of an awakened sinner, ready to leave all that his soul may be saved. The Jews were prone to rely on their heathen neighbours; but they are here called upon to cease from depending on mortal man. We are all prone to the same sin. Then let not man be your fear, let not him be your hope; but let your hope be in the Lord your God. Let us make this our great concern.
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