27:12 Tarshish. Note also Ezekiel 27:25. The Old Testament speaks often of the ships and merchants of Tarshish. See note on I Kings 10:22. These people were similar to the Phoenicians and frequently associated with them. However, their founder was a Japhethite, whereas Sidon of the Phoenicians was a Hamite (Genesis 10:4,15). See first note on Genesis 10:4.