Isaiah 23:6

6 Cross over to Tarshish; wail, you people of the island.

Read Isaiah 23:6 Using Other Translations

Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.
Cross over to Tarshish; wail, O inhabitants of the coast!
Send word now to Tarshish! Wail, you people who live in distant lands!

What does Isaiah 23:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 23:6

Pass ye over to Tarshish
Either to Tartessus in Spain, or to Tarsus in Cilicia, which lay over against them, and to which they might transport themselves, families, and substance, with greater ease; or "to a province of the sea", as the Targum, any other seaport; the Septuagint says to Carthage, which was a colony of the Tyrians; and hither the Assyrian F21 historians say they did transport themselves; though Kimchi thinks this is spoken, not to the Tyrians, but to the merchants that traded with them, to go elsewhere with their merchandise, since their goods could no more be disposed of in that city as usual.

Howl, ye inhabitants of the isle:
of Tyre, as in ( Isaiah 23:2 ) or of every isle, as Aben Ezra, which traded here, because now their commerce was at an end; so Kimchi.


F21 Apud Hieron. in loc.
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