Jeremiah 51:49
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New International Version
"Babylon must fall because of Israel's slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.

New Living Translation
"Just as Babylon killed the people of Israel and others throughout the world, so must her people be killed.

English Standard Version
Babylon must fall for the slain of Israel, just as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth.

New American Standard Bible
Indeed Babylon is to fall for the slain of Israel, As also for Babylon the slain of all the earth have fallen.

King James Bible
As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Babylon must fall because of the slain of Israel, even as the slain of all the earth fell because of Babylon.

International Standard Version
"So Babylon will fall because of the slain of Israel, even as the slain of all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.

NET Bible
"Babylon must fall because of the Israelites she has killed, just as the earth's mortally wounded fell because of Babylon.

New Heart English Bible
As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because the people of Babylon have killed many Israelites and because they have killed many people throughout the earth, Babylon must fall.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, So at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land.

New American Standard 1977
Indeed Babylon is to fall for the slain of Israel,
            As also for Babylon the slain of all the earth have fallen.



Jubilee Bible 2000
As Babylon has caused the dead of Israel to fall, so because of Babylon the dead of all the earth fell.

King James 2000 Bible
As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

American King James Version
As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

American Standard Version
As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as Babylon caused that there should fall slain in Israel: so of Babylon there shall fall slain in all the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
As Babylon caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

English Revised Version
As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

World English Bible
As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land.

Young's Literal Translation
Even Babylon is to fall, ye pierced of Israel, Even they of Babylon have fallen, Ye pierced of all the earth.

Study Bible
Instructions for the Exiles
48"Then heaven and earth and all that is in them Will shout for joy over Babylon, For the destroyers will come to her from the north," Declares the LORD. 49Indeed Babylon is to fall for the slain of Israel, As also for Babylon the slain of all the earth have fallen. 50You who have escaped the sword, Depart! Do not stay! Remember the LORD from afar, And let Jerusalem come to your mind.…
Cross References
Revelation 18:24
And there was found in her the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who had been slain on the earth.

Psalm 137:8
O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us.

Jeremiah 50:29
"Summon many against Babylon, All those who bend the bow: Encamp against her on every side, Let there be no escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become arrogant against the LORD, Against the Holy One of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

As Babylon, etc. or, Both Babylon is to fall, O ye slain of Israel and with Babylon shall fall the slain of all the country

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Jeremiah 51:10,11,24,35 The LORD has brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare …

Jeremiah 50:11,17,18,29,33,34 Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, O you destroyers of …

Judges 1:7 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten kings, having their thumbs …

Psalm 137:8,9 O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed; happy shall he be, …

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

Revelation 18:5,6 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities…

(49) As Babylon hath caused . . .--The interpolated words and the marginal reading indicate that the construction is obscure, but the Authorised version probably comes close to the meaning of the original. The punishment that falls on Babylon comes on account of her slaughter of the Israelites, but in that punishment other nations from all parts of the earth who are mingled with her people should be involved. Perhaps, however. we should read the slain of all the land, as giving more emphatically the law of retribution. The rendering of the margin, "Both Babylon is to fall, O ye slain of Israel, and with Babylon . . ." is adopted by some recent commentators, but gives a less satisfactory meaning.

Verse 49. - As Babylon hath caused, etc. The verse is very difficult. Ewald and others render thus: "Not only must Babylon fall, O ye slain ones of Israel, but slain ones of the whole earth have fallen because of Babylon." But why this address to the slain ones of Israel? Besides, the antithesis indicated in the Hebrew is thereby destroyed. Hell explains the antithesis thus: "Just as Babylon was intent on the fall of slain ones in Israel, so also there fall because of Babylonian slain ones of all the earth," viz. because there are to be found, in the capital of the empire, people from all quarters of the world, who are slain when Babylon is conquered. A better antithesis seems to be gained if we follow the Peshito, and read, at the end of the verse, "in the whole earth." It will then be asserted by the prophet that, just as Babylon was the cause of the slaying of Israelites, so (as a punishment) the Babylonian fugitives shall be slain wherever they may wander. As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel,.... In Jerusalem, when that city was taken the Chaldeans, and destroyed:

so at Babylon shall all the slain of all the earth; or "land"; that is, the land of Chaldea; the inhabitants of which fled to Babylon upon the invasion of the Medes and Persians, both for their own safety, and the defence of that city; and where, being slain, they fell; and this was a just retaliation of them for what they had done to Israel. These words may be considered, as they are by some, as the song of the inhabitants of heaven and earth, observing and applauding the justice and equity of divine Providence in this affair; see Revelation 13:7. 49. caused … to fall—literally, "has been for the falling," that is, as Babylon made this its one aim to fill all places with the slain of Israel, so at Babylon shall all the slain of that whole land (not as English Version, "of all the earth") [Maurer]. Henderson translates, "Babylon also shall fall, ye slain of Israel. Those also of Babylon shall fall, O ye slain of all the earth." But, "in the midst of her," Jer 51:47, plainly answers to "at Babylon," Jer 51:49, English Version.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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