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16 for all the large ships,[a]
for all the impressive[b] ships.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 2:16 tn Heb “the ships of Tarshish.” This probably refers to large ships either made in or capable of traveling to the distant western port of Tarshish.
  2. Isaiah 2:16 tn Heb “desirable”; NAB, NIV “stately”; NRSV “beautiful.”
  3. Isaiah 2:16 tn On the meaning of this word, which appears only here in the Hebrew Bible, see H. R. Cohen, Biblical Hapax Legomena (SBLDS), 41-42.sn The ships mentioned in this verse were the best of their class, and therefore an apt metaphor for the proud men being denounced in this speech.

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