20:35 Later King Jehoshaphat of Judah made an alliance with King Ahaziah of Israel, who 1 did evil. 20:36 They agreed 2 to make large seagoing merchant ships; 3 they built the ships in Ezion Geber. 20:37 Eliezer son of Dodavahu from Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, “Because 4 you made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will shatter what you have made.” The ships were wrecked and unable to go to sea. 5
1 tn Heb “he.” The pronoun has been translated as a relative pronoun for stylistic reasons.
2 tn Heb “he made an alliance with him.”
3 tn Heb “make ships to go to Tarshish.” This probably refers to large ships either made in or capable of traveling to the distant western port of Tarshish; a “Tarshish-ship” was essentially a large seagoing merchant ship.
4 tn Heb “when.”
5 tn Heb “to go to Tarshish.”
6 tn Heb “lay down with his fathers.”