Isaiah 13:17
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New International Version
See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.

New Living Translation
"Look, I will stir up the Medes against Babylon. They cannot be tempted by silver or bribed with gold.

English Standard Version
Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them, who have no regard for silver and do not delight in gold.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them, Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold.

King James Bible
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look! I am stirring up the Medes against them, who cannot be bought off with silver and who have no desire for gold.

International Standard Version
Watch out! I'm stirring up the Medes against them, who care nothing for silver and take no delight in gold.

NET Bible
Look, I am stirring up the Medes to attack them; they are not concerned about silver, nor are they interested in gold.

New Heart English Bible
Look, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not value silver, and as for gold, they will not delight in it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm going to stir up the Medes against them. They don't care for silver and aren't happy with gold.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, Who shall not regard silver, And as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
            Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not look for silver, nor covet gold.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

American King James Version
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

American Standard Version
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver, and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not seek silver, nor desire gold:

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who do not regard silver, and as for gold, they have no delight in it.

English Revised Version
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver, and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

World English Bible
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not value silver, and as for gold, they will not delight in it.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I am stirring up against them the Medes, Who silver esteem not, And gold -- they delight not in it.
Study Bible
A Judgment against Babylon
16Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces Before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished. 17Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them, Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold. 18And their bows will mow down the young men, They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb, Nor will their eye pity children.…
Cross References
2 Kings 17:6
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Proverbs 6:34
For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Proverbs 6:35
He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.

Jeremiah 25:25
and all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of Elam and all the kings of Media;

Jeremiah 50:3
"For a nation has come up against her out of the north; it will make her land an object of horror, and there will be no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away!

Jeremiah 50:30
"Therefore her young men will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 50:42
"They seize their bow and javelin; They are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea; And they ride on horses, Marshalled like a man for the battle Against you, O daughter of Babylon.

Jeremiah 51:11
Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, Because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; For it is the vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for His temple.

Daniel 5:26
"This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENE '-- God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it.

Daniel 5:28
"'PERES '-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians."
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

I will

Isaiah 13:3-5 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty …

Isaiah 21:2 A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals …

Isaiah 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the …

Jeremiah 50:9 For, see, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly …

Jeremiah 51:11,27,28 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up …

Daniel 5:28-31 PERES; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians…

shall not regard

Proverbs 6:34,35 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in …

(17) Behold, I will stir up the Medes.--The Hebrew form Madai meets us in Genesis 10:2, among the descendants of Japheth. Modern researches show them to have been a mixed people, Aryan conquerors having mingled with an earlier Turanian race, and differing in this respect from the Persians, who were pure Iranians, both in race and creed. The early Assyrian inscriptions, from Rimmon Nirari III. onward (Cheyne), name them, as also does Sargon (Records of the Past, xi. 18), among the enemies whom the kings subdued. Their name had been recently brought before the prophet's notice by Salmaneser's deportation of the Ten Tribes to the cities of the Medes (2Kings 17:6). In naming the Medes, and not the Persians, as the conquerors of Babylon, Isaiah was probably influenced by the greater prominence of the former, just as the Greeks spoke of them, and used such terms as "Medism" when they came in contact with the Medo-Persian monarchy under Darius and Xerxes. So ?schylus (Pers. 760) makes "the Median" the first ruler of the Persians. It is noticeable that they were destined to be the destroyers both of Nineveh and Babylon: of the first under Cyaxares, in alliance with Nabopolassar, and of the second under Cyrus the Persian, and, we may add, the Mede Darius of Daniel 5:31. If we accept the history of a yet earlier attack on Nineveh by Arbaces the Mede and Belesis of Babylon, we can sufficiently account for the prominence which Isaiah, looking at Babylon as the representative of Assyrian rather than Chaldan power, gives to them as its destroyers. (See Lenormant, Anc. Hist., 1, p. 337.)

Which shall not regard silver.--The Medes are represented as a people too fierce to care for the gold and silver in which Babylon exulted. They would take no ransom to stay their work of vengeance. So Xenophon, in his Cyropdia (5:3), represents Cyrus as acknowledging their unbought, unpaid service.

Verse 17. - Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them. Isaiah's knowledge that the Medes should take a leading part in the destruction of Babylon is, no doubt, as surprising a fact as almost any other in the entire range of prophetic foresight, or insight, as set before us in Scripture. The Medes were known to Moses as an ancient nation of some importance (Genesis 10:2); but since his time had been unmentioned by any sacred writer; and, as a living nation, had only just come within the range of Israelite vision, by the fact that, when Sargon deported the Samaritans from Samaria, he placed some of them "in the cities of the Medes" (2 Kings 17:6). The Assyrians had become acquainted with them somewhat more than a century earlier, and had made frequent incursions into their country, finding them a weak and divided people, under the government of a large number of petty chiefs. Sargon had conquered a portion of the tribes, and placed prefects in the cities; at the same time planting colonists in them from other parts of the empire. That, when the weakness of Media was being thus made apparent, Isaiah should have foreseen its coming greatness can only be accounted for by his having received a Divine communication on the subject. Subsequently, he had a still more exact and complete communication (Isaiah 21:2). Which shall not regard silver. The Medes were not a particularly disinterested people; but in the attack on Babylon, made by Cyrus, the object was not plunder, but conquest and the extension of dominion. The main treasures of Babylon - those in the great temple of Bolus - were not carried off by Cyrus, as appears both from his own inscriptions, and from Herodotus (1. 181-183). Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,.... The Babylonians; this explains who are meant by the sanctified and mighty ones, Isaiah 13:3 the Medes were a people that descended from Medai, one of the sons of Japheth, Genesis 10:2 as Josephus observes (i); under these the Persians are included, though they are only mentioned, because Cyrus was sent by Cyaxares king of Media on this expedition against Babylon, and was made by him general of the Medes, and acted as such under him; and when Babylon was taken, and Belshazzar slain, Darius the Median took the kingdom, Daniel 5:31 now these are mentioned by name some hundreds of years before the thing came to pass, as Cyrus their general in Isaiah 45:1 which is a strong proof of the truth of prophecy, and of divine revelation; and, whatever might be the moving causes of this expedition, the affair was of God; it was he that put it into the hearts of the Medes, and stirred up their spirits to make war against Babylon; and though God is not the author of sin, yet he not only suffered the things to be done before and after mentioned, but in his providence ordered them as just punishments on a sinful people:

which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it; not but that they had a regard for, gold and silver, as appears by their spoiling of the houses of the Babylonians, Isaiah 13:16 but that they had not so great a regard for these things as to spare the lives of any for the sake of them; they were so intent upon taking away their lives, that they disregarded their substance; their first work was to slay, and then to spoil; they first destroyed, and then plundered; no man with his gold and silver could obtain a ransom of his life from them. Cyrus (k) in his speech to his army said,

"O ye Medes, and all present, I truly know that not for want of money are ye come out with me,'' &c.

(i) Antiqu. Jud. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 1.((k) Cyropaedia, l. 5. sect. 3.17. Medes—(Isa 21:2; Jer 51:11, 28). At that time they were subject to Assyria; subsequently Arbaces, satrap of Media, revolted against the effeminate Sardanapalus, king of Assyria, destroyed Nineveh, and became king of Media, in the ninth century B.C.

not regard silver—In vain will one try to buy his life from them for a ransom. The heathen Xenophon (Cyropædia, 5,1,10) represents Cyrus as attributing this characteristic to the Medes, disregard of riches. A curious confirmation of this prophecy.13:6-18 We have here the terrible desolation of Babylon by the Medes and Persians. Those who in the day of their peace were proud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited when trouble comes. Their faces shall be scorched with the flame. All comfort and hope shall fail. The stars of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be darkened. Such expressions are often employed by the prophets, to describe the convulsions of governments. God will visit them for their iniquity, particularly the sin of pride, which brings men low. There shall be a general scene of horror. Those who join themselves to Babylon, must expect to share her plagues, Re 18:4. All that men have, they would give for their lives, but no man's riches shall be the ransom of his life. Pause here and wonder that men should be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the nature of man is become. And that little infants thus suffer, which shows that there is an original guilt, by which life is forfeited as soon as it is begun. The day of the Lord will, indeed, be terrible with wrath and fierce anger, far beyond all here stated. Nor will there be any place for the sinner to flee to, or attempt an escape. But few act as though they believed these things.
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