your skilled 4 men, O Tyre, were your captains.
and the Gammadites 6 were in your towers.
They hung their quivers 7 on your walls all around;
they perfected your beauty.
1 tc The MT reads “the residents of”; the LXX reads “your rulers who dwell in.” With no apparent reason for the LXX to add “the rulers” many suppose something has dropped out of the Hebrew text. While more than one may be possible, Allen’s proposal, positing a word meaning “elders,” is the most likely to explain the omission in the MT from a graphic standpoint and also provides a parallel to the beginning of v. 9. See L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:81.a parallel to v. 9.
3 sn Sidon and Arvad, like Tyre, were Phoenician coastal cities.
4 tn Or “wise.”
5 tn Heb “sons of Arvad.”
6 sn The identity of the Gammadites is uncertain.