They of Persia, and of Lud, and of Phut, were in thine army,
thy men of war
As the Tryrians were a trading people, they hired foreign troops into their service, to fill their garrisons, defend their city, and fight for them in time of war; and these were of various nations, and the most famous for military skill and valour; as the Persians, a people well known, and famous for war in the times of Cyrus, and before, and well skilled in shooting arrows; and they of Lud, or the Lydians, a people in Greece, renowned for war before the times of Croesus their king, as well as in his time; and they of Phut, the Lybians, a people in Africa, skilful in drawing the bow, ( Isaiah 66:19 ) : they hanged the shield and helmet in thee;
in their garrisons and towers, or places of armoury; which were defensive weapons, the one for the body, the other for the head; this they did in times of peace, when there was no occasion to use them, or when they were off their guard, and not on duty; see ( Song of Solomon 4:4 ) : they set forth thy comeliness;
it being an honour to the Tyrians to have such soldiers in their service. The Targum is,
``they increased thy splendour;''added to their glory.