Jeremiah 51:41
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New International Version
"How Sheshak will be captured, the boast of the whole earth seized! How desolate Babylon will be among the nations!

New Living Translation
"How Babylon is fallen--great Babylon, praised throughout the earth! Now she has become an object of horror among the nations.

English Standard Version
“How Babylon is taken, the praise of the whole earth seized! How Babylon has become a horror among the nations!

New American Standard Bible
"How Sheshak has been captured, And the praise of the whole earth been seized! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!

King James Bible
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How Sheshach has been captured, the praise of the whole earth seized. What a horror Babylon has become among the nations!

International Standard Version
"How Sheshak will be captured, and the prince of all the earth seized! How Babylon will become an object of horror among the nations!

NET Bible
"See how Babylon has been captured! See how the pride of the whole earth has been taken! See what an object of horror Babylon has become among the nations!

New Heart English Bible
How is Sheshach taken. and the praise of the whole earth seized. How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Sheshach has been captured. Babylon, the city that the whole world praised, has been taken captive.

JPS Tanakh 1917
How is Sheshach taken! And the praise of the whole earth seized! How is Babylon become an astonishment Among the nations!

New American Standard 1977
“How Sheshak has been captured,
            And the praise of the whole earth been seized!
            How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!

Jubilee Bible 2000
How is Sheshach a prey! and how is she who was the praise of the whole earth taken! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the Gentiles!

King James 2000 Bible
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how has Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

American King James Version
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

American Standard Version
How is Sheshach taken! and the praise of the whole earth seized! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Douay-Rheims Bible
How is Sesach taken, and the renowned one of all the earth surprised? How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations?

Darby Bible Translation
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth seized! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

English Revised Version
How is Sheshach taken! and the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Webster's Bible Translation
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

World English Bible
How is Sheshach taken! and the praise of the whole earth seized! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Young's Literal Translation
How hath Sheshach been captured, Yea, caught is the praise of the whole earth, How hath Babylon been for an astonishment among nations.
Study Bible
Babylon's Punishment
40"I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, Like rams together with male goats. 41"How Sheshak has been captured, And the praise of the whole earth been seized! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations! 42"The sea has come up over Babylon; She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 25:26
and all the kings of the north, near and far, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the earth which are upon the face of the ground, and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.

Jeremiah 49:25
"How the city of praise has not been deserted, The town of My joy!
Treasury of Scripture

How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

Sheshach Sheshach was probably an idol worshipped at babylon, from which the city derived this name; and the festival which was held when the city was taken, when they were heated with wine, was perhaps observed in honour of it.

Jeremiah 25:26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and …

Daniel 5:1-3 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, …

the praise

Jeremiah 49:25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

Jeremiah 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how …

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

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

Daniel 2:38 And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and …

Daniel 4:22,30 It is you, O king, that are grown and become strong: for your greatness …

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

Revelation 18:10-19 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas …

an astonishment

Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an …

Jeremiah 50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the …

Deuteronomy 28:37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among …

2 Chronicles 7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every …

Ezekiel 27:35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at you, and …

(41) How is Sheshach taken!--"Sheshach," it will be remembered, is the cypher which, as explained in the Note on Jeremiah 25:26, stands for Babylon. Here, in the parallelism of Hebrew poetry, it balances the actual name of the city in the second clause of the verse. The word "surprised" is the same as that rendered "stopped" in Jeremiah 51:32.

Verse 41. - How is Sheshach taken! The Septuagint omits "Sheshach" (see, on the name, Jeremiah 25:26), and very possibly rightly. How is Sheshach taken!.... Not the city Shushan, as Sir John Marsham thinks (e); but Babylon, as is plain from a following clause; and so the Targum,

"how is Babylon subdued!''

called Sheshach, by a position and commutation of letters the Jews call "athbash"; so Jarchi, Kimchi, and Abarbinel account for it; or else from their idol Shach, the same with Bel, which was worshipped here, and had a temple erected for it; and where an annual feast was kept in honour of it, called the Sacchean feast; and which was observing the very time the city was taken; and may be the true reason of its having this name given it now; See Gill on Jeremiah 25:26; the taking of which was very wonderful; and therefore this question is put by way of admiration; it being so well fortified and provided to hold out a long siege:

and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised? for it was taken by stratagem and surprise, before the king and his guards, the army, and the inhabitants of it, were aware; that city, which was matter and occasion of praise to all the world, and went through it; for the compass of it, and height and strength of its walls; the river Euphrates that ran through it, and flowed about it; the temple, palaces, and gardens in it:

how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations! or, "a desolation"; and indeed its being a desolation was the reason of its being an astonishment among the nations; who were amazed to see so strong, rich, and splendid a city brought to ruin in a very short time.

(e) Canon. Chron. p. 607. 41. Sheshach—Babylon (compare Note, see Jer 25:26); called so from the goddess Shach, to whom a five days' festival was kept, during which, as in the Roman Saturnalia, the most unbridled licentiousness was permitted; slaves ruled their masters, and in every house one called Zogan, arrayed in a royal garment, was chosen to rule all the rest. He calls Babylon "Sheshach," to imply that it was during this feast the city was taken [Scaliger].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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