Ezekiel 27:6

6 Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; of cypress wood[a] from the coasts of Cyprus they made your deck, adorned with ivory.

Ezekiel 27:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim.
ESV
6 Of oaks of Bashan they made your oars; they made your deck of pines from the coasts of Cyprus, inlaid with ivory.
NLT
6 They carved your oars from the oaks of Bashan. Your deck of pine from the coasts of Cyprus was inlaid with ivory.
MSG
6 They made your oars from sturdy Bashan oaks. Cypress from Cyprus inlaid with ivory was used for the decks.
CSB
6 They made your oars of oaks from Bashan. They made your deck of cypress wood from the coasts of Cyprus, [inlaid] with ivory.

Ezekiel 27:6 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 27:6

Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars
To row the ships with; for their ships probably were no other than galleys, which were rowed with oars, as were the ships of first invention. Bashan was a country in Judea where oaks grew; see ( Isaiah 2:13 ) . The country of Judea in general was famous for oaks; it abounded with them in the times of Homer F20, who speaks of Typho being buried in a country abounding with oaks, among the rich or fat people of Judea; and he seems to design Bashan particularly, of which Og was king, whom he calls Typho, and of whose bed he makes mention in the same place; hence several places in Judea had their names from the oaks which grew, there, as Elonmoreh, Allonbachuth, Elonmeonenim, Elontabor, and Elonbethhanan, ( Genesis 12:6 ) ( 35:8 ) ( Judges 9:37 ) ( 1 Samuel 10:3 ) ( 1 Kings 4:9 ) and which one would have thought were fitter to make their ships of; but of these only their oars were made: the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought
out of the isles of Chittim;
the benches for the towers to sit on, or for others in the cabin and decks; but that these should be wholly of ivory is not very probable; nor was ivory brought from the isles of Chittim, but from other parts; nor is it easy to say who the company of the Ashurites were; some say the Assyrians; but why they should be so called is not plain. Jarchi makes (Myrva tb) to be but one word, which signifies box trees, as it is used in ( Isaiah 41:19 ) and he supposes that these benches, or be they what they will, were made of box trees covered or inlaid with ivory. So the Targum,

``the lintels of thy gates (the hatches) were planks of box tree inlaid with ivory;''
which box, and not the ivory, was brought from the isles of Chittim; either from Cyprus, where was a place called Citium; or from Macedonia, from whence box was fetched; or from the province of Apulia, as the Targum; where there might be plenty of it, as in Corsica, and other places, where particularly the best box grows, as Pliny F21 says. Jerom interprets Cittin of Italy; and Ben Gorion says F23 that Cittim are the Romans.
FOOTNOTES:

F20 (cwrw enidruoent', ioudhv en pioni dhmw) . Homer. Iliad. 2. Vid. Dickinson, Delphi Phoenicix. c. 2. p. 13, 16.
F21 Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 16.
F23 Heb. Hist. l. 1. c. 1. p. 7.

Ezekiel 27:6 In-Context

4 Your domain was on the high seas; your builders brought your beauty to perfection.
5 They made all your timbers of juniper from Senir ; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you.
6 Of oaks from Bashan they made your oars; of cypress wood from the coasts of Cyprus they made your deck, adorned with ivory.
7 Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail and served as your banner; your awnings were of blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah.
8 Men of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; your skilled men, Tyre, were aboard as your sailors.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Numbers 21:33; S Psalms 29:9; Jeremiah 22:20; Zechariah 11:2
  • 2. S Genesis 10:4; Isaiah 23:12

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Targum; the Masoretic Text has a different division of the consonants.