|New International Version (© 2011)|
the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire, and the soldiers terrified."
King James Bible
And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
American Standard Version
and the passages are seized, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
Young's Literal Translation
And the passages have been captured, And the reeds they have burnt with fire, And the men of war have been troubled.
Jeremiah 51:32 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That the passages are stopped - Either the bridges or slips for boats, by which the inhabitants passed from one side to the other, and may mean the principal gates or passes in the city, which the victorious army would immediately seize, that they might prevent all communication between the inhabitants.
The reeds they have burned with fire - What this means I cannot tell, unless it refer to something done after the taking of the city. Setting fire to the reeds in the marshy ground, in order the better to clear the places, and give a freer passage to the water, that it may neither stagnate nor turn the solid ground into a marsh. Dr. Blayney thinks it refers to the firing of the houses, in order to throw the inhabitants into the greater confusion; but no historian makes any mention of burning the city, except what is said Jeremiah 51:30, "They have burned her dwelling places;" and this may be a poetical expression. That they burnt nothing before they took the city must be evident from the circumstance of their taking the city by surprise, in the night time, with the greatest secrecy. Still there might have been some gates, barricadoes, or wooden works, serving for barracks or such like, which obstructed some of the great passages, which, when they had entered, they were obliged to burn, in order to get themselves a ready passage through the city. This is the more likely because this burning of reeds is connected with the stopping of the passages, burning the dwelling places, and breaking the bars.
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Jeremiah 51:32 Parallel CommentariesAffrighted Bulwarks Burned Captured Castles Fear Fire Fords Frightened Grip Marshes Panic Passages Places Reeds River Seized Soldiers Stopped Terrified Troubled War Water-Holes WaysAffrighted Bulwarks Burned Captured Castles Fear Fire Fords Frightened Grip Marshes Panic Passages Places Reeds River Seized Soldiers Stopped Terrified Troubled War Water-Holes WaysTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Isaiah 47:14 Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.
Jeremiah 50:38 A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror.
Jeremiah 51:31 One courier follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,
Jeremiah 51:33 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest her will soon come."
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