Jeremiah 51:26
New International Version
No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
You will be desolate forever. Even your stones will never again be used for building. You will be completely wiped out,” says the LORD.

English Standard Version
No stone shall be taken from you for a corner and no stone for a foundation, but you shall be a perpetual waste, declares the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
No one shall retrieve from you a cornerstone or a foundation stone, because you will become desolate forever,” declares the LORD.

King James Bible
And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.

New King James Version
They shall not take from you a stone for a corner Nor a stone for a foundation, But you shall be desolate forever,” says the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
“They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.

NASB 1995
“They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.

NASB 1977
“And they will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.

Amplified Bible
“They will not take from you [even] a stone for a cornerstone Nor any rock for a foundation, But you will be desolate forever,” says the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
No one will be able to retrieve a cornerstone or a foundation stone from you, because you will become desolate forever. This is the LORD’s declaration.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one will be able to retrieve a cornerstone or a foundation stone from you, because you will become desolate forever. This is the LORD’s declaration.

American Standard Version
And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall not take away from you a stone for the corners and a stone for a foundation, but you shall be for a desert to eternity, says LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they shall not take from thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for a foundation: for thou shalt be a desolation for ever, saith the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Your stone blocks won't be reused for cornerstones or foundations, and I promise that forever you will be a desert. I, the LORD, have spoken.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall not take of thee a stone for the corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be destroyed for ever, saith the Lord.

English Revised Version
And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.

Good News Translation
None of the stones from your ruins will ever be used again for building. You will be like a desert forever. I, the LORD, have spoken.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People won't find any stones in you to use as a cornerstone. They won't find any stones in you to use for a foundation. You will become permanent ruins," declares the LORD.

International Standard Version
They won't get a cornerstone or a foundation stone from you, because you will be a wasteland forever," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, Nor a stone for foundations; But thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
And they do not take out of you a stone for a corner, And a stone for foundations, For you are continuous desolations,” A declaration of YHWH.

NET Bible
No one will use any of your stones as a cornerstone. No one will use any of them in the foundation of his house. For you will lie desolate forever," says the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
They shall not take of you a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but you shall be desolate for ever," says the LORD.

World English Bible
They shall not take of you a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but you shall be desolate for ever, says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And they take not out of thee a stone for a corner, And a stone for foundations, For desolations age-during art thou, An affirmation of Jehovah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Babylon's Punishment
25“Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who devastate the whole earth, declares the LORD. I will stretch out My hand against you; I will roll you over the cliffs and turn you into a charred mountain. 26No one shall retrieve from you a cornerstone or a foundation stone, because you will become desolate forever,” declares the LORD. 27“Raise a banner in the land! Blow the ram’s horn among the nations! Prepare the nations against her. Summon the kingdoms against her—Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. Appoint a captain against her; bring up horses like swarming locusts.…

Cross References
Isaiah 13:19
And Babylon, the jewel of the kingdoms, the glory of the pride of the Chaldeans, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 50:13
Because of the wrath of the LORD, she will not be inhabited; she will become completely desolate. All who pass through Babylon will be horrified and will hiss at all her wounds.

Jeremiah 51:29
The earth quakes and writhes because the LORD's intentions against Babylon stand: to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant.


Treasury of Scripture

And they shall not take of you a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but you shall be desolate for ever, said the LORD.

shall not

Jeremiah 51:37,43
And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant…

Jeremiah 50:12,13
Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert…

Isaiah 13:19-22
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah…

Jeremiah 50:40,41
As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein…

Isaiah 34:8-17
For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion…

Revelation 18:20-24
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her…









(26) They shall not take of thee a stone for a corner.--The prophet uses general language applicable to any city destroyed by fire, without noting the special fact that Babylon was built of bricks.

Verse 26. - And they shall not take of thee, etc. "Of thee," i.e. "of the Babylonian power" personified - not "of Babylon," which was built of brick, not of stone. The figure of the mountain is still preserved.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
No one
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

shall retrieve
יִקְח֤וּ (yiq·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3947: To take

from you
מִמְּךָ֙ (mim·mə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

a cornerstone
אֶ֣בֶן (’e·ḇen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 68: A stone

or a foundation
לְמֽוֹסָד֑וֹת (lə·mō·w·sā·ḏō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4146: A foundation

stone,
וְאֶ֖בֶן (wə·’e·ḇen)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 68: A stone

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you will become
תִּֽהְיֶ֖ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

desolate
שִׁמְמ֥וֹת (šim·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 8077: Devastation, astonishment

forever,”
עוֹלָ֛ם (‘ō·w·lām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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