The ships of Tarshish (Ezek 27:25-27:25)

“The ships of Tarshish

Traveled for you

In your trade.

So you were filled.

You were heavily laden

In the heart

Of the seas.”

There is the problem of trying to situate Tarshish, which is often mentioned in the biblical literature. It could be Carthage in North Africa, Tarsus in Turkey, or Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. This town had a lot of precious metals and important ships, as well as ship building. Thus the trade merchandise of Tyre was on these ships of Tarshish. They were filled with lots of items, as they moved on the high seas.

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Tarshish (Ezek 27:12-27:12)

“Tarshish did business

With you

Out of the abundance

Of your great wealth.

They traded

In silver,

In iron,

In tin,

In lead.

They exchanged these things

For your wares.”

Ezekiel began to list all the trading partners of Tyre, as if it were a great cosmopolitan commercial center. Tarshish was another great coastal town, probably in Sardinia or southern Spain. Tyre exchanged things with Tarshish because of the great wealth of both places. They traded silver, iron, tin, and lead for other goods.