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Isaiah 2:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant imagery.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Against all the ships of Tarshish And against all the beautiful craft.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant works of art.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And upon all the ships of Tarshish,—And upon all desirable, banners.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And for all ships of Tarshish, And for all desirable pictures.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And upon all the ships of Tharsis, and upon all that is fair to behold.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And vpon all the ships of Tarshish, and vpon all pleasant pictures.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— and upon every ship of the sea, and upon every display of fine ships.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
the ships 591
{0591} Prime
אֳנִיָּה
'oniyah
{on-ee-yaw'}
Feminine of H0590; a ship.
of Tar תַּרשִׁישׁ, 8659
{8659} Prime
תַּרְשִׁישׁ
Tarshiysh
{tar-sheesh'}
Probably the same as H8658 (as the region of the stone, or the reverse); Tarshish, a place on the Mediterranean, hence the epithet of a merchant vessel (as if for or from that port); also the name of a Persian and of an Israelite.
and upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
pleasant 2532
{2532} Prime
חָמוּד
chemdah
{khem-daw'}
Feminine of H2531; delight.
pictures. 7914
{7914} Prime
שְׂכִיָּה
s@kiyah
{sek-ee-yaw'}
Feminine from the same as H7906; a conspicuous object.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 2:16

_ _ TarshishTartessus 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 (2 Chronicles 9:21). The name was also used in a wide sense for the farthest west, as our West Indies (Isaiah 66:19; Psalms 48:7; Psalms 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 Revelation 18:17-19).

_ _ pictures — ordered to be destroyed (Numbers 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 (Deuteronomy 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 Revelation 18:12, Revelation 18:14, Revelation 18:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Isaiah 2:10-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 2:16

Tarshish — The ships of the sea, as that word is used, Psalms 48:7, whereby you fetched riches from the remote parts of the world.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 2:16

And upon (u) all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

(u) He condemns their vain confidence which they had in strongholds and in their rich merchandise which brought in vain pleasures with which men's minds became effeminate.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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. ... Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not.
Psalms 47:7 For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Revelation 18:17-19 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, ... And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

pleasant pictures:
Heb. pictures of desire,
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:
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Nu 33:52. 1K 10:22; 22:48. Ps 47:7. Is 23:1. Rv 18:11, 17.

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