Jeremiah 51:31
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New International Version
One courier follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,

New Living Translation
The news is passed from one runner to the next as the messengers hurry to tell the king that his city has been captured.

English Standard Version
One runner runs to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every side;

New American Standard Bible
One courier runs to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end;

King James Bible
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Messenger races to meet messenger, and herald to meet herald, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.

International Standard Version
One runner runs to meet another runner, and one messenger to meet another messenger, to tell the king of Babylon that his city has been seized from one end to the other.

NET Bible
One runner after another will come to the king of Babylon. One messenger after another will come bringing news. They will bring news to the king of Babylon that his whole city has been captured.

New Heart English Bible
One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Runners run to meet runners. Messengers follow messengers. They inform the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured.

JPS Tanakh 1917
One post runneth to meet another, And one messenger to meet an other, To tell the king of Babylon That his city is taken on every quarter;

New American Standard 1977
One courier runs to meet another,
            And one messenger to meet another,
            To tell the king of Babylon
            That his city has been captured from end to end;

Jubilee Bible 2000
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken in all places,

King James 2000 Bible
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every side,

American King James Version
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

American Standard Version
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to met another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

Douay-Rheims Bible
One running post shall meet another, and messenger shall meet messenger: to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken from one end to the other:

Darby Bible Translation
Courier runneth to meet courier, and messenger to meet messenger, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city is taken from end to end;

English Revised Version
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

Webster's Bible Translation
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

World English Bible
One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

Young's Literal Translation
Runner to meet runner doth run, And announcer to meet announcer, To announce to the king of Babylon, For, captured hath been his city -- at the extremity.
Study Bible
Babylon's Punishment
30The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, They stay in the strongholds; Their strength is exhausted, They are becoming like women; Their dwelling places are set on fire, The bars of her gates are broken. 31One courier runs to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end; 32The fords also have been seized, And they have burned the marshes with fire, And the men of war are terrified.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 18:19
Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Please let me run and bring the king news that the LORD has freed him from the hand of his enemies."

2 Chronicles 30:6
The couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the hand of the king and his princes, even according to the command of the king, saying, "O sons of Israel, return to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that He may return to those of you who escaped and are left from the hand of the kings of Assyria.

Jeremiah 50:2
"Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, 'Babylon has been captured, Bel has been put to shame, Marduk has been shattered; Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.'

Jeremiah 50:24
"I set a snare for you and you were also caught, O Babylon, While you yourself were not aware; You have been found and also seized Because you have engaged in conflict with the LORD."

Jeremiah 50:43
"The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands hang limp; Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth.

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

Daniel 5:30
That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.
Treasury of Scripture

One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

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Jeremiah 4:20 Destruction on destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: …

Jeremiah 50:24 I have laid a snare for you, and you are also taken, O Babylon, and …

1 Samuel 4:12-18 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh …

2 Samuel 18:19-31 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the …

2 Chronicles 30:6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes …

Esther 3:13-15 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, …

Esther 8:10,14 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the …

Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

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Jeremiah 50:43 The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed …

Isaiah 21:3-9 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold on …

Isaiah 47:11-13 Therefore shall evil come on you; you shall not know from where it …

Daniel 5:2-5,30 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine…

(31) One post shall run to meet another.--The words exactly answer to the account of the capture of Babylon given in Herod. i. (see Note on Jeremiah 51:24). The history of Belshazzar's feast (Daniel 5:1-30) must obviously have ended in a like result. No words could paint more vividly the panic of the surprised city.

Verse 31. - One post shall run to meet another, etc. The wall being broken through at various points, couriers would meet each other on their way to the royal palace. This was itself a fortress in the centre of the city, on the Euphrates. The newly discovered cylinder inscription, however, shows that Nabonidus, the last King of Babylon, was not actually in the city at the time of the capture. At one end; rather, from end to end (see on Jeremiah 50:26). One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another,.... That is, one post should be after another, and one messenger after another, post upon post, and messenger upon messenger, as fast as they could run; when one had been with his message, and delivered it, and returned, he meets another; or they met one another, coming from different places:

to show the king of Babylon his city is taken at one end; or, "at the end" (l); we render it "one end", as Kimchi does; at the end where Cyrus's army first landed, when they came up the channel of the river Euphrates they had drained. And so Herodotus (m) says, that when the Babylonians, which inhabited the "extreme parts" of the city, were taken, they that were in the middle of it were not sensible of it, because of the greatness of the city; and the rather, because they were engaged that night in feasting and dancing. Nay, Aristotle (n) says, it was reported that one part of the city was taken three days before the other end knew it, it being more like a country than a city; which does not seem credible, nor is it consistent with the Scripture account of it; however, it was taken by surprise, and some parts of it before the king was aware of it; who very probably had his palace in the middle of it, whither these messengers ran one after another, or from different parts, to acquaint him with it.

(l) "a fine", Montanus; "ab extremitate", Calvin, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, De Dieu, Schmidt. (m) L. 1. sive Clio, c. 191. (n) Politic. l. 3. c. 3.31. (See on [1004]Jer 50:24).

One post—One courier after another shall announce the capture of the city. The couriers despatched from the walls, where Cyrus enters, shall "meet" those sent by the king. Their confused running to and fro would result from the sudden panic at the entrance of Cyrus into the city, which he had so long besieged ineffectually; the Babylonians had laughed at his attempts and were feasting at the time without fear.

taken at one end—which was not known for a long time to the king and his courtiers feasting in the middle of the city; so great was its extent that, when the city was already three days in the enemy's hands, the fact was not known in some parts of the city [Aristotle, Politics, 3.2].51:1-58 The particulars of this prophecy are dispersed and interwoven, and the same things left and returned to again. Babylon is abundant in treasures, yet neither her waters nor her wealth shall secure her. Destruction comes when they did not think of it. Wherever we are, in the greatest depths, at the greatest distances, we are to remember the Lord our God; and in the times of the greatest fears and hopes, it is most needful to remember the Lord. The feeling excited by Babylon's fall is the same with the New Testament Babylon, Re 18:9,19. The ruin of all who support idolatry, infidelity, and superstition, is needful for the revival of true godliness; and the threatening prophecies of Scripture yield comfort in this view. The great seat of antichristian tyranny, idolatry, and superstition, the persecutor of true Christians, is as certainly doomed to destruction as ancient Babylon. Then will vast multitudes mourn for sin, and seek the Lord. Then will the lost sheep of the house of Israel be brought back to the fold of the good Shepherd, and stray no more. And the exact fulfilment of these ancient prophecies encourages us to faith in all the promises and prophecies of the sacred Scriptures.
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