Jeremiah 51:54
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English Standard Version
“A voice! A cry from Babylon! The noise of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!

King James Bible
A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

American Standard Version
The sound of a cry from Babylon, and of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!

Douay-Rheims Bible
The noise of a cry from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans :

English Revised Version
The sound of a cry from Babylon, and of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!

Webster's Bible Translation
A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Heaven and earth, with all that is in them (i.e., the whole world, with its animate and inanimate creatures), break out into rejoicing over the fall of Babylon (cf. Isaiah 44:23), for Babylon has enslaved and laid waste all the world. The second part of Jeremiah 51:48, "for the destroyers shall come from the north," is logically connected with Jeremiah 51:47, to which Jeremiah 51:48 is to be taken as subordinate, in the sense, "over which heaven and earth rejoice." On Jeremiah 51:48, cf. Jeremiah 50:3, Jeremiah 50:9,Jeremiah 50:41. Both parts of Jeremiah 51:49 are placed in mutual relation by גּם־גּם. These two particles, thus used, signify "as well as," "not only...but also," or "as...so." Ewald, Hitzig, and Graf have quite missed the meaning of both clauses, since they take חללי ישׂראל as a vocative, and render the whole thus: "Not only must Babylon fall, O ye slain ones of Israel, but slain ones of the whole earth have fallen on the side of Babylon (or through Babylon)." This view of the expression "slain ones of Israel" cannot be established, either from grammatical considerations or from a regard to the meaning of the whole. Not only is there no occasion for a direct address to the slain ones of Israel; but by such a view of the expression, the antithesis indicated by גּמרררגּם, between "the slain ones of Israel" and "the slain ones of the earth," is thereby destroyed. Viewed grammatically, "the slain ones of Israel" can only be the subject dependent on the inf. לנפּל: "the fall of the slain ones of Israel." Kimchi has long ago hit the meaning in the explanation, גּם בּבל היתה סבּת לנפּל, "as Babylon was the cause of the slain ones of Israel falling." Similarly Jerome: et quomodo fecit Babylon ut caderent occisi ex Israel. This paraphrase may be vindicated on grammatical grounds, for the inf. constr. with ל, with or without היה, is used to express that on which one is engaged, or what one is on the point of doing; cf. Gesenius, 132, 3, Rem. 1. In this meaning, לנפּל stands here without היה: "Just as Babylon was concerned in making the slain ones of Israel fall;" or better: "Just as Babylon was intent on the fall of slain ones in Israel, so also there fall because of Babylon (prop. dative, for Babylon) slain ones of all the earth;" 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. The perf. נפלוּ is prophetic, like פּקדתּי in Jeremiah 51:47.

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Jeremiah 48:3-5 A voice of crying shall be from Horonaim, spoiling and great destruction...

Jeremiah 50:22,27,43,46 A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction...

Isaiah 13:6-9 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty...

Isaiah 15:5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee to Zoar, an heifer of three years old...

Zephaniah 1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate...

Revelation 18:17-19 For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors...

Cross References
Isaiah 25:5
like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down.

Jeremiah 48:3
"A voice! A cry from Horonaim, 'Desolation and great destruction!'

Jeremiah 50:22
The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction!

Jeremiah 50:46
At the sound of the capture of Babylon the earth shall tremble, and her cry shall be heard among the nations."

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