Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
There is confusion to whom the first part of verse 23 refers to, it is either Jerusalem or to her enemies. If it refers to Zion’s enemies, then it pictures the fate of any ship that would presume to attack the city and if it refers to Jerusalem, it speaks of the weakness and inability of the people themselves. In the Kingdom, even the lame will be able to take the prey, sickness will be over, and the iniquity of the people will be forgiven.