Ezekiel 27:21

21 “ ‘Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your customers; they did business with you in lambs, rams and goats.

Read Ezekiel 27:21 Using Other Translations

Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy merchants.
Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your favored dealers in lambs, rams, and goats; in these they did business with you.
The Arabians and the princes of Kedar sent merchants to trade lambs and rams and male goats in exchange for your goods.

What does Ezekiel 27:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 27:21

Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar
Arabia was a large country, divided into three parts, Arabia Deserts, or the desert; Arabia Petraea, or the rocky; and Arabia Felix, or the happy. Kedar was in Arabia Petrea; its inhabitants were called Kedarenes, descended from Kedar, a son of Ishmael, ( Genesis 25:13 ) , they were chiefly shepherds, and dwelt in tents, to which the allusion is in ( Song of Solomon 1:5 ) , these princes were the rich and wealthy among them, who bought up the cattle of the meaner sort, and brought them to Tyre. In Jerom's time Kedar was the country of the Saracens. The Targum calls them the princes of Nebat, the same with Nebajoth, the firstborn of Ishmael, and brother of Kedar, ( Genesis 25:13 ) . They occupied with thee:
or, "they were the merchants of thine hand {w}"; that took off her manufactures from her, in lieu of "the lambs, and rams, and goats", they brought to market, for her food and sacrifices; keeping of sheep being their chief employment: "in these were they thy merchants": they supplied them with their cattle, and took their wares of them for them.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 (Kdy yrxo) "negotiatores manus tuae", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "mercatores manna tuae", Cocceius, Starckius.
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