20:36 They agreed 1 to make large seagoing merchant ships; 2 they built the ships in Ezion Geber. 20:37 Eliezer son of Dodavahu from Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, “Because 3 you made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will shatter what you have made.” The ships were wrecked and unable to go to sea. 4
1 tn Heb “he made an alliance with him.”
2 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.
3 tn Heb “when.”
4 tn Heb “to go to Tarshish.”