Isaiah 14:17
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New International Version
the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?"

New Living Translation
Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wasteland? Is this the king who demolished the world's greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?'

English Standard Version
who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?’

New American Standard Bible
Who made the world like a wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?'

King James Bible
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who turned the world into a wilderness, who destroyed its cities and would not release the prisoners to return home?"

International Standard Version
who made the world like a desert, who destroyed its cities, who would not open the jails for his prisoners?'

NET Bible
Is this the one who made the world like a desert, who ruined its cities, and refused to free his prisoners so they could return home?"'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
who made the world like a desert and tore down its cities, who didn't let his prisoners go home?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
that made the world as a wilderness and destroyed the cities thereof; that did not open the prison to his prisoners?

King James 2000 Bible
That made the world like a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

American King James Version
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

American Standard Version
that made the world as a wilderness, and overthrew the cities thereof; that let not loose his prisoners to their home?

Douay-Rheims Bible
That made the world a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the prison to his prisoners?

Darby Bible Translation
[that] made the world as a wilderness, and overthrew the cities thereof; [that] dismissed not his prisoners homewards?

English Revised Version
that made the world as a wilderness, and overthrew the cities thereof; that let not loose his prisoners to their home?

Webster's Bible Translation
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

World English Bible
who made the world like a wilderness, and overthrew its cities; who didn't release his prisoners to their home?"

Young's Literal Translation
He hath made the world as a wilderness, And his cities he hath broken down, Of his bound ones he opened not the house.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-23 The whole plan of Divine Providence is arranged with a view to the good of the people of God. A settlement in the land of promise is of God's mercy. Let the church receive those whom God receives. God's people, wherever their lot is cast, should endeavour to recommend religion by a right and winning conversation. Those that would not be reconciled to them, should be humbled by them. This may be applied to the success of the gospel, when those were brought to obey it who had opposed it. God himself undertakes to work a blessed change. They shall have rest from their sorrow and fear, the sense of their present burdens, and the dread of worse. Babylon abounded in riches. The king of Babylon having the absolute command of so much wealth, by the help of it ruled the nations. This refers especially to the people of the Jews; and it filled up the measure of the king of Babylon's sins. Tyrants sacrifice their true interest to their lusts and passions. It is gracious ambition to covet to be like the Most Holy, for he has said, Be ye holy, for I am holy; but it is sinful ambition to aim to be like the Most High, for he has said, He who exalts himself shall be abased. The devil thus drew our first parents to sin. Utter ruin should be brought upon him. Those that will not cease to sin, God will make to cease. He should be slain, and go down to the grave; this is the common fate of tyrants. True glory, that is, true grace, will go up with the soul to heaven, but vain pomp will go down with the body to the grave; there is an end of it. To be denied burial, if for righteousness' sake, may be rejoiced in, Mt 5:12. But if the just punishment of sin, it denotes that impenitent sinners shall rise to everlasting shame and contempt. Many triumphs should be in his fall. God will reckon with those that disturb the peace of mankind. The receiving the king of Babylon into the regions of the dead, shows there is a world of spirits, to which the souls of men remove at death. And that souls have converse with each other, though we have none with them; and that death and hell will be death and hell indeed, to all who fall unholy, from the height of this world's pomps, and the fulness of its pleasures. Learn from all this, that the seed of evil-doers shall never be renowned. The royal city is to be ruined and forsaken. Thus the utter destruction of the New Testament Babylon is illustrated, Re 18:2. When a people will not be made clean with the besom of reformation, what can they expect but to be swept off the face of the earth with the besom of destruction?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - That opened not the house of his prisoners; literally, that loosed not his prisoners homewards. The long imprisonment of Jehoiachin by Nebuchadnezzar (thirty-six years, 2 Kings 25:27) is an illustration; but perhaps it is rather the retention in captivity of the entire Jewish people that is brought to the prophet's cognizance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That made the world as a wilderness,.... Both by destroying the inhabitants of it, and by laying waste cities, towns, villages, fields, vineyards, gardens, and all places improved and cultivated, wherever he came, as it follows:

and destroyed the cities thereof; as the Assyrian kings had done, some of which are mentioned in Isaiah 10:9,

that opened not the house of his prisoners; the prison house, in, which they were held; or,

"the gate to his prisoners,''

as the Targum; or rather the words may be rendered, "that opened not to his prisoners", that they might go "home"; or as De Dieu, in short, yet fully, expresses it, "that did not dismiss his prisoners home"; he not only cruelly and inhumanly put many to the sword, but such as surrendered, and were taken captives, he detained them in prison, and would not loose their bonds, but let them die there; which was an instance of great cruelty and inhumanity.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. opened not … house … prisoners—But Maurer, as Margin, "Did not let his captives loose homewards."

Isaiah 14:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Triumphant Exultation over Babel
16"Those who see you will gaze at you, They will ponder over you, saying, 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, 17Who made the world like a wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?' 18"All the kings of the nations lie in glory, Each in his own tomb.…
Cross References
Isaiah 14:16
Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: "Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble,

Isaiah 14:18
All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb.

Isaiah 45:13
I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty."

Jeremiah 50:33
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go.

Joel 2:3
Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste-- nothing escapes them.
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That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

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Isaiah 13:19-22 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, …

Isaiah 64:10 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Ezekiel 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand on them, and make the land desolate, …

Joel 2:3 A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land …

Zephaniah 2:13,14 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; …

opened not the house of his prisoners. or, did not let his prisoners loose homewards

Isaiah 45:13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his …

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, …

2 Chronicles 28:8-15 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brothers …

Ezra 1:2-4 Thus said Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven has given …

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