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Roman Ships Captains (Revelation 18.17b-18)

"Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?'" (Revelation 18.17b-18)✞

Alexandrian Sailing Ships

Alexandrian Sailing ShipThe kings uttered their lament over Rome, then, the merchants, and now the Roman Ships Captains. John of Patmos was no doubt recalling a similar picture of the fall of Tyre in Ezekiel 27.28-30, "The shorelands will quake when your sailors cry out. All who handle the oars will abandon their ships; the mariners and all the sailors will stand on the shore. They will raise their voice and cry bitterly over you; they will sprinkle dust on their heads and roll in ashes."

Ostia

OstiaRome was not situated upon the sea coast but twenty miles to the northeast. Its port was called Ostia, set back from the sea at the mouth on Rome's principal river, the Tiber. The merchandise of the world flowed from ocean going ships into Ostia and then to Rome. It is little wonder that the captains and the sailors lamented, for all the trade which brought so much wealth was now gone.

"Roman Ships Captains"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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