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

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  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), 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.