The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 26:17
And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say unto
The following mournful song:
how art thou destroyed that wast inhabited of seafaring men;
the seas": by men who used the seas, and traded by sea to different
parts of the world; and was frequented by persons that came by sea
thither, by the great ocean, by the Red sea, the Mediterranean sea, and
others; or, which was surrounded by the sea. So the Targum,
``that dwellest in the midst of the sea:''
"the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea"; fortified by the
sea, and against it; strong in shipping and naval stores; so as to be
formidable to others, and mistress of the sea. The Targum is,
``which dwell in the strength of the sea;''
and had the strength and riches of it brought unto it; and so was
famous all the world over for its commerce, wealth, and power; but now
ruined and undone:
she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that
the sea; on all that used the seas; or on all the inhabitants
of the islands of the sea; who all stood in fear of Tyre and her
inhabitants, and were obliged to strike their sails to their ships.