Jeremiah 50:23
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New International Version
How broken and shattered is the hammer of the whole earth! How desolate is Babylon among the nations!

New Living Translation
Babylon, the mightiest hammer in all the earth, lies broken and shattered. Babylon is desolate among the nations!

English Standard Version
How the hammer of the whole earth is cut down and broken! How Babylon has become a horror among the nations!

Berean Study Bible
How the hammer of the whole earth lies broken and shattered! What a horror Babylon has become among the nations!

New American Standard Bible
"How the hammer of the whole earth Has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become An object of horror among the nations!

King James Bible
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Christian Standard Bible
How the hammer of the whole earth is cut down and smashed! What a horror Babylon has become among the nations!

Contemporary English Version
Babylonia was a hammer pounding every country, but now it lies broken. What a shock to the nations of the world!

Good News Translation
Babylonia hammered the whole world to pieces, and now that hammer is shattered! All the nations are shocked at what has happened to that country.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How the hammer of the whole earth is cut down and smashed! What a horror Babylon has become among the nations!

International Standard Version
How the hammer of all the earth is cut off and broken! How Babylon has become a horror among the nations!

NET Bible
Babylon hammered the whole world to pieces. But see how that 'hammer' has been broken and shattered! See what an object of horror Babylon has become among the nations!

New Heart English Bible
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut apart and broken. How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The hammer of the whole earth is broken and shattered. See how desolate Babylon is of all the nations!

JPS Tanakh 1917
How is the hammer of the whole earth Cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become A desolation among the nations!

New American Standard 1977
“How the hammer of the whole earth Has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become An object of horror among the nations!

Jubilee Bible 2000
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become a desolation among the Gentiles!

King James 2000 Bible
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how has Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

American King James Version
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

American Standard Version
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Douay-Rheims Bible
How is the hammer of the whole earth broken, and destroyed! how is Babylon turned into a desert among the nations!

Darby Bible Translation
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

English Revised Version
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Webster's Bible Translation
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

World English Bible
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut apart and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Young's Literal Translation
How hath it been cut and broken, The hammer of the whole earth! How hath Babylon been for a desolation among nations!
Study Bible
The Destruction of Babylon
22The noise of battle is in the land—the noise of great destruction. 23How the hammer of the whole earth lies broken and shattered! What a horror Babylon has become among the nations! 24I laid a snare for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it. You were found and captured because you challenged the LORD.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 51:20
"You are My war club, My weapon for battle. With you I shatter nations; with you I bring kingdoms to ruin.

Ezekiel 26:17
Then they will lament for you, saying, "How you have perished, O city of renown, inhabited by seafaring men! She who was powerful on the sea, along with her people, who brought terror to all who lived there.

Treasury of Scripture

How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Jeremiah 51:20-24 You are my battle ax and weapons of war: for with you will I break …

Isaiah 14:4-6,12-17 That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, …

Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine …

(23) How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder . . . !--The image had been used before (Jeremiah 23:29) of the might of right as seen in the words of Jehovah. Here it describes the right of might as seen in the despotism of Babylon. The name of Charles Martel and, according to one etymology, that of Judas Maccabaeus, present interesting parallelisms. And now the hammer itself, which had been as an instrument in the hand of Jehovah (Jeremiah 51:20), is to be, in its turn, crushed by a power mightier than its own.

Verse 23. - The hammer of the whole earth. So in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:5), "Jehovah hath broken the staff of the wicked, the rod of the rulers; which smote peoples in passion with an unceasing stroke." In the next chapter a similar title is conferred upon Israel, with the right to retaliate upon Babylon all the evil which Babylon had done to Zion (Jeremiah 51:20-24). Compare the epithet Martel, "The Hammer," given to Charles, Duke of the Franks, on account of his great victory over the Saraoens at Tours; it is tempting to add "Makkabi," the epithet of Judas (Maccabaeus), but the k is not the same letter as that in maqqab, hammer. How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken!.... The Targum is,

"how is the king cut down and broken that moved the whole earth!''

The king of Babylon, or the kingdom of Babylon, which was like a hammer for its hardness and strength; and being an instrument, in the hand of God, of beating to pieces and destroying the kingdoms and nations around it; but is now destroyed itself. These are the words either of the prophet, or rather of the people of other nations, wondering how this destruction came about, and rejoicing at it;

how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! this explains who and what is meant by the hammer of the earth, and by its being cut asunder and broken; even the utter destruction of the city and kingdom of Babylon. 23. hammer—that is, Babylon, so called because of its ponderous destructive power; just as "Martel," that is, "a little hammer," was the surname of a king of the Franks (Isa 14:6).50:21-32 The forces are mustered and empowered to destroy Babylon. Let them do what God demands, and they shall bring to pass what he threatens. The pride of men's hearts sets God against them, and ripens them apace for ruin. Babylon's pride must be her ruin; she has been proud against the Holy One of Israel; who can keep those up whom God will throw down?
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