Dan also and Javan, going to and fro, occupied in thy fairs,
&c.] Either the inhabitants of the tribe of Dan in general; or of Laish, sometime called Dan, and in later times Caesarea Philippi, which was in that tribe: though Grotius thinks that Taprobane, or the isle of Zeilan, is meant, where, and not in Dan, were the things after mentioned, in plenty; and where also, according to Ptolemy F20, was a city called Dana or Dagana: and Bochart takes Javan not to be Greece, but a people of a country in Arabia, the metropolis of which was Uzal; and so he renders it, as some of the Greek versions do, Javan of Uzal, or Asel, to distinguish it from the other Javan, ( Ezekiel 27:13 ) , where also, and not in Greece, the sweet spices grew, which these are said to trade in: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market;
brought from the above places; polished iron or steel, and the sweet spices of cassia and calamus, or the aromatic cane or reed, which came from afar, ( Jeremiah 6:20 ) .
F20 Geograph. l. 7. c. 4.