27:5 They crafted 1 all your planks out of fir trees from Senir; 2
they took a cedar from Lebanon to make your mast.
27:6 They made your oars from oaks of Bashan;
they made your deck 3 with cypresses 4 from the Kittean isles. 5
1 tn Heb “built.”
2 tn Perhaps the hull or deck. The term is dual, so perhaps it refers to a double-decked ship.
3 tn Or “hull.”
4 tc The Hebrew reads “Your deck they made ivory, daughter of Assyria.” The syntactically difficult “ivory” is understood here as dittography and omitted, though some construe this to refer to ivory inlays. “Daughter of Assyria” is understood here as improper word division and the vowels repointed as “cypresses.”
5 tn Heb “from the coastlands (or islands) of Kittim,” generally understood to be a reference to the island of Cyprus, where the Phoenicians had a trading colony on the southeast coast. Many modern English versions have “Cyprus” (CEV, TEV), “the coastlands of Cyprus” (NASB), “the coasts of Cyprus” (NIV, NRSV), or “the southern coasts of Cyprus” (NLT).
sn The Kittean isles is probably a reference to southeast Cyprus where the Phoenicians had a colony.