Jeremiah 51:13
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English Standard Version
O you who dwell by many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come; the thread of your life is cut.

King James Bible
O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

American Standard Version
O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, the measure of thy covetousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O thou that dwellest upon many waters, rich in treasures, thy end is come for thy entire destruction.

English Revised Version
O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, the measure of thy covetousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thy end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Babylon, certainly, in its former power and greatness, was a golden goblet, by means of which Jahveh presented to the nations the wine of His wrath, and intoxicated them; but now it is fallen, and broken without remedy. Isaiah 21:9 finds an echo in the expression, "Babylon is fallen." The figure of the cup refers us back to Jeremiah 25:15., where, however, it is applied in a different way. The cup is said to be of gold, in order to point out the splendour and glory of Nebuchadnezzar's dominion. "In the hand of Jahveh," i.e., used by Him as His instrument for pouring out His wrath to the nations. But Babylon has suddenly fallen and been broken in pieces. At this point Jeremiah drops the figure of the cup, for a golden cup does not break when it falls. The fall is so terrible, that the nations in Babylon are summoned to participate in the lamentation, and to lend their aid in repairing her injuries. But they answer that their attempts to heal her are fruitless. (On צרי, cf. Jeremiah 46:11 and Jeremiah 8:22.) The terrible and irreparable character of the fall is thus expressed in a dramatic manner. We must neither think of the allies and mercenaries as those who are addressed (Schnurrer, Rosenmller, Maurer, Hitzig), nor merely the Israelites who had been delivered from Babylon (Umbreit). The latter view is opposed by the words which follow, "Let every one go to his own country;" this points to men out of different lands. And the former assumption is opposed by the consideration that not merely the mercenaries, but also the allies are to be viewed as fallen and ruined together with Babylon, and that Babylon, which had subdued all the nations, has no allies, according to the general way in which the prophet views these things. Those addressed are rather the nations that had been vanquished by Babylon and detained in the city, of which Israel was one. Inasmuch as these were the servants of Babylon, and as such bound to pay her service, they are to heal Babylon; and because the attempts to heal her prove fruitless, they are to leave the ruined city. They answer this summons by the resolve, "We will go every one to his own land;" cf. Jeremiah 50:8, Jeremiah 50:16. The motive for this resolution, "for her guilt reaches up to heaven," certainly shows that it is Israelites who are speaking, because it is only they who form their opinions in such a way; but they speak in the name of all the strangers who are in Babylon. משׁפּט is the matter upon which judgment is passed, i.e., the transgression, the guilt, analogous to משׁפּט דּמים, Ezekiel 7:23, and משׁפּט מות , Deuteronomy 19:6; Deuteronomy 21:22; it does not mean the punishment adjudged, of which we cannot say that it reaches up to heaven. On this expression, cf. Psalm 57:11; Psalm 108:5. Through the fall of Babylon, the Lord has made manifest the righteousness of Israel; the redeemed ones are to proclaim this in Zion. צדקות does not mean "righteous acts" (Judges 5:11), but proofs of the righteousness of Israel as opposed to Babylon, which righteousness Babylon, through tyrannical oppression of the people that had been delivered up to it merely for chastisement, has failed to perceive, and which, so long as the Lord did not take His people to Himself again in a visible manner, was hidden from the world; cf. Psalm 37:6.

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Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, I will plead your cause, and take vengeance for you; and I will dry up her sea...

Revelation 17:1,15 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying to me, Come here...

abundant

Jeremiah 50:37 A sword is on their horses, and on their chariots, and on all the mingled people that are in the middle of her...

Isaiah 45:3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD...

Habakkuk 2:5-10 Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death...

Revelation 18:11-17 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more...

thine

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets riches, and not by right...

Jeremiah 50:27,31 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe to them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation...

Genesis 6:18 But with you will I establish my covenant; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife...

Lamentations 4:18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.

Ezekiel 7:2-12 Also, you son of man, thus said the Lord GOD to the land of Israel; An end, the end is come on the four corners of the land...

Daniel 5:26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it.

Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what see you? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD to me...

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

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Habakkuk 2:9-11 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high...

Luke 12:19-21 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry...

2 Peter 2:3,14,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not...

Jude 1:11-13 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward...

Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city...

Cross References
Revelation 17:1
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,

Isaiah 43:14
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I send to Babylon and bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.

Isaiah 45:3
I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

Isaiah 57:17
Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.

Habakkuk 2:9
"Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!

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