Jeremiah 50:38
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New International Version
A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror.

New Living Translation
The sword will even strike her water supply, causing it to dry up. And why? Because the whole land is filled with idols, and the people are madly in love with them.

English Standard Version
A drought against her waters, that they may be dried up! For it is a land of images, and they are mad over idols.

New American Standard Bible
"A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols.

King James Bible
A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A drought will come on her waters, and they will be dried up. For it is a land of carved images, and they go mad because of terrifying things.

International Standard Version
A drought against her waters. They'll dry up. For it's a land of idols, and they go mad over their terrifying images.

NET Bible
A drought will come upon her land; her rivers and canals will be dried up. All of this will happen because her land is filled with idols. Her people act like madmen because of those idols they fear.

New Heart English Bible
A drought is on her waters, and they shall be dried up; for it is a land of engraved images, and they glory over idols.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A drought will diminish their water supply, and it will dry up. Babylon is a land of idols, statues that will go crazy with fear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up; For it is a land of graven images, And they are mad upon things of horror.

New American Standard 1977
“A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up!
            For it is a land of idols,
            And they are mad over fearsome idols.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up; for it is the land of graven images, and they are become mad upon their idols.

King James 2000 Bible
A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad over their idols.

American King James Version
A drought is on her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad on their idols.

American Standard Version
A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up; for it is a land of graven images, and they are mad over idols.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A drought upon her waters, and they shall be dried up: because it is a land of idols, and they glory in monstrous things.

Darby Bible Translation
a drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up; for it is a land of graven images, and they are mad after frightful idols.

English Revised Version
A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up: for it is a land of graven images, and they are mad upon idols.

Webster's Bible Translation
A drouth is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.

World English Bible
A drought is on her waters, and they shall be dried up; for it is a land of engraved images, and they are mad over idols.

Young's Literal Translation
A sword is on her waters, and they have been dried up, For it is a land of graven images, And in idols they do boast themselves.
Study Bible
The Destruction of Babylon
37"A sword against their horses and against their chariots And against all the foreigners who are in the midst of her, And they will become women! A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered! 38"A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols. 39"Therefore the desert creatures will live there along with the jackals; The ostriches also will live in it, And it will never again be inhabited Or dwelt in from generation to generation.…
Cross References
Revelation 16:12
Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East.

Isaiah 44:27
"It is I who says to the depth of the sea, 'Be dried up!' And I will make your rivers dry.

Isaiah 46:1
Bel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over; Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle. The things that you carry are burdensome, A load for the weary beast.

Isaiah 46:6
"Those who lavish gold from the purse And weigh silver on the scale Hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god; They bow down, indeed they worship it.

Jeremiah 51:32
The fords also have been seized, And they have burned the marshes with fire, And the men of war are terrified.

Jeremiah 51:36
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to plead your case And exact full vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.

Jeremiah 51:52
"Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will punish her idols, And the mortally wounded will groan throughout her land.
Treasury of Scripture

A drought is on her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad on their idols.

A drought

Jeremiah 50:12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bore you shall be …

Jeremiah 51:32-36 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned …

Isaiah 44:27 That said to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers:

Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; …

Revelation 17:15,16 And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, …

the land

Jeremiah 50:2 Declare you among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; …

Jeremiah 51:44,47,52 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his …

Isaiah 46:1-7 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were on the beasts, and on …

Daniel 3:1-30 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was three …

Daniel 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of …

Habakkuk 2:18,19 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

Revelation 17:5 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, …

mad

Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon has been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the …

Isaiah 44:25 That frustrates the tokens of the liars, and makes diviners mad; …

Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred …

(38) A drought is upon her waters.--Better, A sword. The Hebrew word for "drought" has the same consonants as that for "sword," with different vowel-points. In the original text the form of the two words must have been identical, as the vowel-points were of later introduction. The editors of the present text were probably guided by the thought that the context in this case determined the meaning of the word as meaning "drought," and not a "sword." So in Deuteronomy 28:22 the text of the Authorised version gives "sword," and the margin "drought." There is, however, a certain loss of rhetorical emphasis in the change of the word with which the three previous verses had begun. The "waters" include the canals of Babylon as well as the Euphrates.

They are mad upon their idols.--The word for "idols" means literally "terrors," or "objects of terror," as in Psalm 88:16; Job 20:25, and this is the only place in which it is used of the objects of worship. In Genesis 14:5; Deuteronomy 2:10-11 it appears as the name of the Emim, probably as meaning "the terrible, or gigantic ones." Here it seems used for the colossal figures--winged bulls, human-headed lions, and the like--which were the objects of Babylonian worship. (See note on Jeremiah 49:16.)

Verse 38. - A drought. The Maasoretic critics, in their prosaic realism, were unable to see how a "sword" could be "upon the waters;" hence they altered khereb into khoreb. But the sword is merely a symbol of the Divine vengeance, and may be interpreted differently according to the exigencies of the context. Render, Sword upon the waters. They are mad upon their idols; rather, through Terrors they befool themselves. "Terrors" is a synonym for the gods of the heathen, which inspired a feeling of awe rather than affection, unlike Jehovah as he revealed himself through the authors of the psalms and prophecies. A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up,.... Either on the waters of the land of Chaldea in general, from whence should follow barrenness, and so a want of the necessaries of life; hence Kimchi interprets it of a consumption of riches, and all good things; or on the waters of Babylon, the river Euphrates, which ran through it; the channel of which was diverted by Cyrus, and drained and made so dry, that he marched his army up it into the city. Some say Babylon was taken three times, by this stratagem of turning the river Euphrates another way; first by Semiramis; and after Cyrus by Alexander: this may well be applied to the drying up of the river Euphrates, upon the pouring out of the sixth vial, and to the destruction of the antichristian states, signified by the many waters on which the great whore of Babylon or Rome sitteth, Revelation 16:12;

for it is the land of graven images; much given to idolatry; had idols of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood, and stone, Daniel 5:2;

and they are mad upon their idols; greatly affected, and much devoted to them; superstitiously mad upon them: or, "they gloried in them"; as the Targum, Vulgate Latin version, and others (p); they praised and extolled them as true deities; as Belshazzar and his nobles did the very night Babylon was taken, Daniel 5:4; and this their idolatry was one cause of their ruin. The word (q) for "idols" signifies "terrors", or terrible things; because their worshippers stood in fear of them, as Kimchi observes.

(p) "gloriantur", Vulg. Lat. Schmidt, Munster, Tigurine version. (q) "horrendis" vel "terriculamentis", Schmidt, Munster, Calvin; "terricula", Junius & Tremellius. 38. drought—Altering the pointing, this verse will begin as the three previous verses, "A sword." However, all the pointed manuscripts read, "A drought," as English Version. Cyrus turned off the waters of the Euphrates into a new channel and so marched through the dried-up bed into the city (Jer 51:32). Babylonia once was famed for its corn, which often yielded from one to two hundredfold [Herodotus]. This was due to its network of water-courses from the Euphrates for irrigation, traces of which [Layard] are seen still on all sides, but dry and barren (Isa 44:27).

their idols—literally, "terrors." They are mad after idols that are more calculated to frighten than to attract (Jer 51:44, 47, 52; Da 3:1). Mere bugbears with which to frighten children.50:33-46 It is Israel's comfort in distress, that, though they are weak, their Redeemer is strong. This may be applied to believers, who complain of the dominion of sin and corruption, and of their own weakness and manifold infirmities. Their Redeemer is able to keep what they commit to him; and sin shall not have dominion over them. He will give them that rest which remains for the people of God. Also here is Babylon's sin, and their punishment. The sins are, idolatry and persecution. He that will not save his people in their sins, never will countenance the wickedness of his open enemies. The judgments of God for these sins will lay them waste. In the judgments denounced against prosperous Babylon, and the mercies promised to afflicted Israel, we learn to choose to suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
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