Jeremiah 51:31
New International Version
One courier follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,

New Living Translation
The news is passed from one runner to the next as the messengers hurry to tell the king that his city has been captured.

English Standard Version
One runner runs to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every side;

Berean Study Bible
One courier races to meet another, and messenger follows messenger, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.

New American Standard Bible
One courier runs to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end;

King James Bible
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

Christian Standard Bible
Messenger races to meet messenger, and herald to meet herald, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.

Contemporary English Version
One messenger after another announces to the king, "Babylon has been captured!

Good News Translation
Messenger after messenger runs to tell the king of Babylonia that his city has been broken into from every side.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Messenger races to meet messenger, and herald to meet herald, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.

International Standard Version
One runner runs to meet another runner, and one messenger to meet another messenger, to tell the king of Babylon that his city has been seized from one end to the other.

NET Bible
One runner after another will come to the king of Babylon. One messenger after another will come bringing news. They will bring news to the king of Babylon that his whole city has been captured.

New Heart English Bible
One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Runners run to meet runners. Messengers follow messengers. They inform the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured.

JPS Tanakh 1917
One post runneth to meet another, And one messenger to meet an other, To tell the king of Babylon That his city is taken on every quarter;

New American Standard 1977
One courier runs to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end;

Jubilee Bible 2000
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken in all places,

King James 2000 Bible
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every side,

American King James Version
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

American Standard Version
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to met another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
One shall rush, running to meet another runner, and one shall go with tidings to meet another with tidings, to bring tidings to the king of Babylon, that his city is taken.

Douay-Rheims Bible
One running post shall meet another, and messenger shall meet messenger: to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken from one end to the other:

Darby Bible Translation
Courier runneth to meet courier, and messenger to meet messenger, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city is taken from end to end;

English Revised Version
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

Webster's Bible Translation
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

World English Bible
One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter:

Young's Literal Translation
Runner to meet runner doth run, And announcer to meet announcer, To announce to the king of Babylon, For, captured hath been his city -- at the extremity.
Study Bible
Babylon's Punishment
30The warriors of Babylon have stopped fighting; they sit in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women. Babylon’s homes have been set ablaze, the bars of her gates are broken. 31One courier races to meet another, and messenger follows messenger, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end. 32The fords have been seized, the marshes set on fire, and the soldiers are terrified.”…
Cross References
2 Samuel 18:19
Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, "Please let me run and tell the king the good news that the LORD has avenged him of his enemies."

2 Chronicles 30:6
So the couriers went throughout Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his officials, which read: "Children of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that He may return to those of you who remain, who have escaped the grasp of the kings of Assyria.

Jeremiah 50:2
"Announce and declare to the nations; lift up a banner and proclaim it; hold nothing back when you say, 'Babylon is captured; Bel is put to shame; Marduk is shattered, her images are disgraced, her idols are broken in pieces.'

Jeremiah 50:24
I laid a snare for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it. You were found and captured because you challenged the LORD.

Jeremiah 50:43
The king of Babylon has heard the report, and his hands hang limp. Distress has seized him, pain like that of a woman in labor.

Jeremiah 51:32
The fords have been seized, the marshes set on fire, and the soldiers are terrified."

Daniel 5:30
That very night Belshazzar king of the Chaldeans was slain,

Treasury of Scripture

One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,

post

Jeremiah 4:20
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

Jeremiah 50:24
I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.

1 Samuel 4:12-18
And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head…

to shew

Jeremiah 50:43
The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Isaiah 21:3-9
Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it

Isaiah 47:11-13
Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know…







Lexicon
One courier
רָ֤ץ (rāṣ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7323: To run

races
רָץ֙ (rāṣ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7323: To run

to meet
לִקְרַאת־ (liq·raṯ-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7125: Against he come, help, meet, seek, to, in the way

another,
יָר֔וּץ (yā·rūṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7323: To run

and messenger
וּמַגִּ֖יד (ū·mag·gîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

follows
לִקְרַ֣את (liq·raṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7125: Against he come, help, meet, seek, to, in the way

messenger,
מַגִּ֑יד (mag·gîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

to announce
לְהַגִּיד֙ (lə·hag·gîḏ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

to the king
לְמֶ֣לֶךְ (lə·me·leḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

of Babylon
בָּבֶ֔ל (bā·ḇel)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 894: Babylon -- an eastern Mediterranean empire and its capital city

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

his city
עִיר֖וֹ (‘î·rōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

has been captured
נִלְכְּדָ֥ה (nil·kə·ḏāh)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere

from end to end.
מִקָּצֶֽה׃ (miq·qā·ṣeh)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7097: End, extremity
(31) One post shall run to meet another.--The words exactly answer to the account of the capture of Babylon given in Herod. i. (see Note on Jeremiah 51:24). The history of Belshazzar's feast (Daniel 5:1-30) must obviously have ended in a like result. No words could paint more vividly the panic of the surprised city.

Verse 31. - One post shall run to meet another, etc. The wall being broken through at various points, couriers would meet each other on their way to the royal palace. This was itself a fortress in the centre of the city, on the Euphrates. The newly discovered cylinder inscription, however, shows that Nabonidus, the last King of Babylon, was not actually in the city at the time of the capture. At one end; rather, from end to end (see on Jeremiah 50:26). 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.
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