Jeremiah 51:8
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New International Version
Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed.

New Living Translation
But suddenly Babylon, too, has fallen. Weep for her. Give her medicine. Perhaps she can yet be healed.

English Standard Version
Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.

New American Standard Bible
Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed.

King James Bible
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Suddenly Babylon fell and was shattered. Wail for her; get balm for her wound-- perhaps she can be healed.

International Standard Version
Suddenly, Babylon fell down and was shattered. Wail for her! Bring balm for her wound, perhaps she will be healed.

NET Bible
But suddenly Babylonia will fall and be destroyed. Cry out in mourning over it! Get medicine for her wounds! Perhaps she can be healed!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Babylon will suddenly fall and be shattered. Cry for it. Bring medicine for its pain. Maybe it can be healed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed; howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

King James 2000 Bible
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: wail for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

American King James Version
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

American Standard Version
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: wail for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Babylon is suddenly fallen, and destroyed: howl for her, take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.

Darby Bible Translation
Babylon is suddenly fallen and ruined. Howl over her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

English Revised Version
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, it may be she may be healed.

World English Bible
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: wail for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Young's Literal Translation
Suddenly hath Babylon fallen, Yea, it is broken, howl ye for it, Take balm for her pain, if so be it may be healed.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Destroyed. The Hebrew, more forcibly, has "is broken." The Authorized Version wished, perhaps, to avoid the objection that a golden cup could not, properly speaking, be broken. But if we once begin to harmonize the language of Hebrew poetry, we shall have no end. It is not the cup which falls, but the state, considered as a house (the "breach" of God's people is constantly referred to; e.g. Psalm 60:2; Isaiah 30:26). Howl for her. Sympathetic bystanders are dramatically appealed to. From the next verse it would seem that they are the various foreigners who, whether by choice or force, have been resident in Babylon, and who have acquired an interest in her fate. Hitzig thinks the foreign mercenaries (Jeremiah 50:37) or allies are specially referred to. Take balm for her pain (comp. Jeremiah 8:22; Jeremiah 46:11). The images of fracture and wound are combined, as in Isaiah 30:26.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed,.... Or "broken" (g); even into shivers, as a cup is; for when it had been used to answer the purposes designed by the Lord, he let it fall cut of his hands at once, and it was broken; or rather he dashed it in pieces, as a potter's vessel. The destruction of Babylon was brought about in a very short time, considering the strength of it; and was unexpected by the inhabitants of it, and by the nations round about; but, when it was come, it was irreparable: so the destruction of mystical Babylon will be in one hour, and it will be an utter and entire destruction, Revelation 18:8;

howl for her; as the inhabitants of Babylon, and her friends and allies that loved her, did no doubt; and as the kings and merchants of the earth, and others, will howl for spiritual Babylon, Revelation 18:9;

take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed: or balsam; see Jeremiah 46:11; which is said by way of derision and mockery, as Kimchi and Abarbinel observe; or in an ironical and sarcastic manner; suggesting, that, let what means soever be made use of, her wound was incurable, her ruin inevitable, and her case irrecoverable.

(g) "confracta est", Schmidt; "fracta est", Cocceius; "contrita est", Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8, 9. Her friends and confederates, who behold her fall, are invited to her aid. They reply, her case is incurable, and that they must leave her to her fate. (Isa 21:9; Re 14:8; 18:2, 9).

balm—(Jer 8:22; 46:11).

Jeremiah 51:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Severe Judgment against Babylon
7Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, Intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; Therefore the nations are going mad. 8Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed. 9We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; Forsake her and let us each go to his own country, For her judgment has reached to heaven And towers up to the very skies.…
Cross References
Revelation 14:8
A second angel followed and said, "'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,' which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."

Revelation 18:2
With a mighty voice he shouted: "'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!' She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.

Revelation 18:9
"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

Isaiah 13:6
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 21:9
Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!'"

Isaiah 47:11
Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.

Jeremiah 46:11
"Go up to Gilead and get balm, Virgin Daughter Egypt. But you try many medicines in vain; there is no healing for you.

Jeremiah 50:2
"Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, 'Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.'
Treasury of Scripture

Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

suddenly

Jeremiah 51:41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! …

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

Isaiah 21:9 And, behold, here comes a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. …

Isaiah 47:9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the …

Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, …

Revelation 18:2,8 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

howl

Jeremiah 48:20,31 Moab is confounded; for it is broken down: howl and cry; tell you …

Isaiah 13:6,7 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a …

Ezekiel 27:30-32 And shall cause their voice to be heard against you, and shall cry …

Ezekiel 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Howl you, Woe …

Daniel 5:24,31 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written…

Revelation 18:9-11 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived …

Revelation 18:17-19 For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. And every shipmaster, …

take balm

Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then …

Jeremiah 30:12-15 For thus said the LORD, Your bruise is incurable, and your wound is grievous…

Jeremiah 46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: …

Nahum 3:19 There is no healing of your bruise; your wound is grievous: all that …

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