Jeremiah 25:11
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New International Version
This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

New Living Translation
This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.

English Standard Version
This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

New American Standard Bible
'This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

King James Bible
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This whole land will become a desolate ruin, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.

International Standard Version
This entire land will be a desolation and a waste, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.

NET Bible
This whole area will become a desolate wasteland. These nations will be subject to the king of Babylon for seventy years.'

New Heart English Bible
This whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This whole land will be ruined and become a wasteland. These nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and a waste; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

New American Standard 1977
‘And this whole land shall be a desolation and a horror, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment; and these Gentiles shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

King James 2000 Bible
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

American King James Version
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

American Standard Version
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all this land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment: and all these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Darby Bible Translation
And this whole land shall become a waste, an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

English Revised Version
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

World English Bible
This whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Young's Literal Translation
And all this land hath been for a waste, for an astonishment, and these nations have served the king of Babylon seventy years.
Study Bible
The Seventy Year Captivity
10'Moreover, I will take from them the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12'Then it will be when seventy years are completed I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation,' declares the LORD, 'for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it an everlasting desolation.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:32
'I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it.

2 Chronicles 36:21
to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete.

Isaiah 5:6
"I will lay it waste; It will not be pruned or hoed, But briars and thorns will come up. I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it."

Isaiah 23:15
Now in that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:

Jeremiah 4:27
For thus says the LORD, "The whole land shall be a desolation, Yet I will not execute a complete destruction.

Jeremiah 12:11
"It has been made a desolation, Desolate, it mourns before Me; The whole land has been made desolate, Because no man lays it to heart.

Jeremiah 12:12
"On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come, For a sword of the LORD is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; There is no peace for anyone.

Jeremiah 27:22
'They will be carried to Babylon and they will be there until the day I visit them,' declares the LORD. 'Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.'"

Jeremiah 28:14
'For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they will serve him. And I have also given him the beasts of the field."'"

Jeremiah 29:10
"For thus says the LORD, 'When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.
Treasury of Scripture

And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

seventy. This prophecy was delivered in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, and began to be accomplished immediately; and it was exactly seventy years from this time to the proclamation of Cyrus for the return of the Jews.

Jeremiah 25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that …

2 Chronicles 36:21,22 To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the …

Isaiah 23:15-17 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten …

Daniel 7:2 Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, …

Zechariah 7:5 Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, …

(11) Shall serve the king of Babylon seventy-years.--This is the first mention of the duration of the captivity. The seventy years are commonly reckoned from B.C. 606, the date of the deportation of Jehoiakim and his princes, to B.C. 536, when the decree for the return of the exiles was issued by Cyrus. In 2Chronicles 36:21 the number is connected with the land "enjoying her Sabbaths," as though the long desolation came as a retribution for the people's neglect of the law of the Sabbatical year, and, perhaps, also for their non-observance of the weekly Sabbaths. (Isaiah 56:4; Jeremiah 17:21-22.) For the apportionment of the reigns of the Babylonian kings that made up the seventy years, see the Chronological Table in the Introduction. Symbolically the number, as the multiple of seven and ten, represents the highest measure of completeness (comp. Matthew 18:22).

Verse 11. - Shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Widely different opinions are held as to the meaning of this prophecy. The most probable view is that "seventy" is an indefinite or round number (as in Isaiah 23:17), equivalent to "a very long time." This is supported by the analogy of Jeremiah 27:7, where the captivity is announced as lasting through the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar, his son, and his grandson - a statement evidently vague and indefinite (see ad loc.), and in any case not answering to a period of seventy years. Besides, we find the "seventy years" again in Jeremiah 29:10, a passage written probably eleven years later. Others think the number is to be taken literally, and it is certainly true that from B.C. 606, the fourth year of Jehoiakim, to the fall of Babylon, B.C. 539, sixty-seven years elapsed. But is it desirable to press this against the internal evidence that Jeremiah himself took the number indefinitely? And this whole land shall be a desolation,.... Not only the city of Jerusalem, but all Judea, without inhabitants, or very few, and shall be uncultivated, and become barren and unfruitful:

and an astonishment; to all other nations, and to all persons that pass through, beholding the desolations of it:

and other nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years; both the Jews, and other nations of Egypt, reckoning from the date of this prophecy, the fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign, when Daniel and others were carried captive, Daniel 1:1; to the first year of Cyrus. 11. seventy years—(Jer 27:7). The exact number of years of Sabbaths in four hundred ninety years, the period from Saul to the Babylonian captivity; righteous retribution for their violation of the Sabbath (Le 26:34, 35; 2Ch 36:21). The seventy years probably begin from the fourth year of Jehoiakim, when Jerusalem was first captured, and many captives, as well as the treasures of the temple, were carried away; they end with the first year of Cyrus, who, on taking Babylon, issued an edict for the restoration of the Jews (Ezr 1:1). Daniel's seventy prophetic weeks are based on the seventy years of the captivity (compare Da 9:2, 24).25:8-14 The fixing of the time during which the Jewish captivity should last, would not only confirm the prophecy, but also comfort the people of God, and encourage faith and prayer. The ruin of Babylon is foretold: the rod will be thrown into the fire when the correcting work is done. When the set time to favour Zion is come, Babylon shall be punished for their iniquity, as other nations have been punished for their sins. Every threatening of the Scripture will certainly be accomplished.
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