16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant [1] pictures.

Other Translations of Isaiah 2:16

New International Version

16 for every trading shipHebrew "every ship of Tarshish"and every stately vessel.

English Standard Version

16 against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft.

The Message

16 Against ocean-going luxury liners, against elegant three-masted schooners.

New King James Version

16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish, And upon all the beautiful sloops.

New Living Translation

16 He will destroy all the great trading ships and every magnificent vessel.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 2:16

Commentary on Isaiah 2:10-22

(Read Isaiah 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.