Isaiah 2:16
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.

Berean Study Bible
against every ship of Tarshish, and against every stately vessel.

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

New King James Version
Upon all the ships of Tarshish, And upon all the beautiful sloops.

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

NASB 1995
Against all the ships of Tarshish And against all the beautiful craft.

NASB 1977
Against all the ships of Tarshish, And against all the beautiful craft.

Amplified Bible
Against all the ships of Tarshish And against all the beautiful craft.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the desirable sights

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and upon every ship of the sea, and upon every display of fine ships.

Contemporary English Version
all the seagoing ships, and every beautiful boat.

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

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

Good News Translation
He will sink even the largest and most beautiful ships.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And for all ships of Tarshish, "" And for all desirable pictures.

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

New Heart English Bible
The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Day of Reckoning
15against every high tower, against every fortified wall, 16against every ship of Tarshish, and against every stately vessel. 17So the pride of man will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; 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 the ships of Tarshish at sea with Hiram's fleet, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.

Isaiah 2:17
So the pride of man will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,

Isaiah 23:1
This is the burden against Tyre: Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor. Word has reached them from the land of Cyprus.

Isaiah 23:14
Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your harbor has been destroyed!

Isaiah 60:9
Surely the islands will wait for Me, with the ships of Tarshish in the lead, to bring your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.

Isaiah 66:19
I will establish a sign among them, and I will send survivors from among them to the nations--to Tarshish, Put, and the archers of Lud; to Tubal, Javan, and the islands far away who have not heard of My fame or seen My glory. So they will proclaim My glory among the nations.

Ezekiel 27:25
The ships of Tarshish carried your merchandise. And you were filled with heavy cargo in the heart of the sea.


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, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

1 Kings 10:22
For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

1 Kings 22:48,49
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber…

pleasant pictures.

Numbers 33:52
Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:

Revelation 18:11
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:









(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 aestheticism 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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
against
וְעַ֖ל (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

every
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

ship
אֳנִיּ֣וֹת (’o·nî·yō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 591: A ship

of Tarshish,
תַּרְשִׁ֑ישׁ (tar·šîš)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8659: Tarshish -- a son of Javan, also a port on the Mediterranean, also a Benjamite

[and]
וְעַ֖ל (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

every
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

stately
הַחֶמְדָּֽה׃ (ha·ḥem·dāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2532: Desire, delight

vessel.
שְׂכִיּ֥וֹת (śə·ḵî·yō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 7914: A conspicuous object


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