1 Kings 22:48

48 Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading shipsa to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail—they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.

Read 1 Kings 22:48 Using Other Translations

Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.
Jehoshaphat also built a fleet of trading ships to sail to Ophir for gold. But the ships never set sail, for they met with disaster in their home port of Ezion-geber.

What does 1 Kings 22:48 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 22:48

Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish
Ships to go to sea, particularly the Indian sea, ( 1 Kings 10:22 ) . Tarshish is used for the sea in general, ( Psalms 48:7 ) ( Isaiah 2:16 ) , in the Cetib, or text, it is "ten"; in the Keri, or margin, it is "made", which we follow, and may be put together, as in the Tigurine version, and read, "he made ten ships to go by sea":

even to go to Ophir for gold;
as Solomon did; of which place see ( 1 Kings 9:28 ) ,

but they went not, for the ships were broken at Eziongeber;
the port where they were built: as soon as they were launched, or sailed, they were broken to pieces against the rocks near the harbour, which stood up like a man's backbone, whence the port had its name; (See Gill on 1 Kings 9:26), and if this was Calzem, as there observed, near to it was a dangerous place for ships, and where many were lost, and is supposed to be the place where Pharaoh and his host were drowned {y}; the reason of this shipwreck was, because Jehoshaphat joined himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, for which he was reproved by the prophet Eliezer, and this was his punishment, ( 2 Chronicles 20:35-37 ) .


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F25 Vid. Geograph. Nub. Climat. 3. par. 3. in fine.
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