A carefully chosen word

As I was reading the book of the prophet Ezekiel, I came to verse 34 of chapter 27. There was the word “foundered”.

The sentence around the word makes the word pretty easy to understand.

The sentence is, “Your cargo and your crew have foundered with you.” In other words, they’ve gone down.

When I looked up the meaning of foundered, the first two dictionary definitions applied.

First, foundered means ‘fill with water and sink’. ‘Fill with water and sink’ is precisely the obvious meaning.

Second, foundered means: (of plan) fail. The failure of a plan is exactly the right theme.

It’s wonderful that foundered means precisely what it means. A word chosen carefully and artfully at just the right moment and which does not contradict the context.

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