All your planks
Of fir trees
To make a mast
They took a cedar
They made your oars
They made your deck
From the coasts of Cyprus,
Inlaid with ivory.”
The people of Tyre got their wood for their ships from a variety of places. The planks for their ships came from the fir trees of Senir or Mount Hermon, between Syria and Lebanon. Of course, the cedar used for the mast of the ships came from Lebanon, as did all good cedar. The oars for the ships came from the oaks of Bashan, on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. Their decks were made of pine from the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. Somehow their decks of pine were inlaid with ivory.
“Your riggings hangs loose.
It cannot hold the mast firm in its place.
It cannot keep the sail spread out.
Then prey in abundance will be divided.
Spoil in abundance will be divided.
Even the lame will fall to plundering.
No inhabitant will say.
‘I am sick.’
The people who live there
Will be forgiven their iniquity.”
Isaiah remarks that despite the fact that the ship is not in good shape since the riggings are loose, the mast is not firm, and the sail is not spread out, you will not have to worry. There will be enough prey to be divided up. There will be so much spoil that even the lame will be able to plunder the area. No one will be sick in this utopian time. In fact, all their iniquity will be forgiven so that they do not have to be anxious or troubled.