Jeremiah 51:55
New International Version
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves of enemies will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.

New Living Translation
For the LORD is destroying Babylon. He will silence her loud voice. Waves of enemies pound against her; the noise of battle rings through the city.

English Standard Version
For the LORD is laying Babylon waste and stilling her mighty voice. Their waves roar like many waters; the noise of their voice is raised,

Berean Study Bible
For the LORD will destroy Babylon; He will silence her mighty voice. The waves will roar like great waters; the tumult of their voices will resound.

King James Bible
Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

New King James Version
Because the LORD is plundering Babylon And silencing her loud voice, Though her waves roar like great waters, And the noise of their voice is uttered,

New American Standard Bible
For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon, And He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their waves will roar like many waters; The clamor of their voices sounds forth.

NASB 1995
For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon, And He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their waves will roar like many waters; The tumult of their voices sounds forth.

NASB 1977
For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon, And He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their waves will roar like many waters; The tumult of their voices sounds forth.

Amplified Bible
For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon and make her a ruin, And He will still her great voice [that hums with city life]. And the waves [of her conquerors] roar like great waters, The noise of their voices is raised up [like the marching of an army].

Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD is going to devastate Babylon; he will silence her mighty voice. Their waves roar like a huge torrent; the tumult of their voice resounds,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD is going to devastate Babylon; He will silence her mighty voice. Their waves roar like abundant waters; the tumult of their voice resounds,

American Standard Version
For Jehovah layeth Babylon waste, and destroyeth out of her the great voice; and their waves roar like many waters; the noise of their voice is uttered:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because LORD JEHOVAH has plundered Babel and destroyed from it the children of men and beast! There was a great sound like many waters when their voice went forth!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
for the Lord has utterly destroyed Babylon, and cut off from her the great voice sounding as many waters: he has consigned her voice to destruction.

Contemporary English Version
The shouts of the enemy, like crashing ocean waves, will drown out Babylon's cries as I level the city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the Lord hath laid Babylon waste, and destroyed out of her the great voice: and their wave shall roar like many waters: their voice hath made a noise:

English Revised Version
For the LORD spoileth Babylon, and destroyeth out of her the great voice; and their waves roar like many waters, the noise of their voice is uttered:

Good News Translation
I am destroying Babylon and putting it to silence. The armies rush in like roaring waves and attack with noisy shouts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will destroy Babylon. He will silence the loud noise coming from it. Waves of enemies will come roaring in like raging water. The noise will be heard everywhere.

International Standard Version
For the LORD is destroying Babylon, and he will make the loud sounds from her disappear. Their waves will roar like many waters, the noise of their voices will sound forth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the LORD spoileth Babylon, And destroyeth out of her the great voice; And their waves roar like many waters, The noise of their voice is uttered;

Literal Standard Version
For YHWH is spoiling Babylon, And has destroyed her great voice, And her billows have sounded as many waters, Their voice has given forth a noise.

NET Bible
For the LORD is ready to destroy Babylon, and put an end to her loud noise. Their waves will roar like turbulent waters. They will make a deafening noise.

New Heart English Bible
For the LORD lays Babylon waste, and destroys out of her the great voice; and their waves roar like many waters; the noise of their voice is uttered:

World English Bible
For Yahweh lays Babylon waste, and destroys out of her the great voice; and their waves roar like many waters; the noise of their voice is uttered:

Young's Literal Translation
For Jehovah is spoiling Babylon, And hath destroyed out of it a great voice, And sounded have its billows as many waters, Given forth a noise hath their voice.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Babylon's Punishment
54“The sound of a cry comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans! 55For the LORD will destroy Babylon; He will silence her mighty voice. The waves will roar like great waters; the tumult of their voices will resound. 56For a destroyer is coming against her—against Babylon. Her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken, for the LORD is a God of retribution; He will repay in full.…

Cross References
Psalm 18:4
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me.

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk into the miry depths, where there is no footing; I have drifted into deep waters, where the flood engulfs me.

Psalm 124:2
if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,

Psalm 124:4
then the floods would have engulfed us, then the torrent would have overwhelmed us,

Jeremiah 51:42
The sea has come up over Babylon; she is covered in turbulent waves.


Treasury of Scripture

Because the LORD has spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

destroyed

Jeremiah 51:38,39
They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps…

Jeremiah 25:10
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

Jeremiah 50:10-15
And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD…

her waves

Psalm 65:7
Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

Psalm 93:3,4
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves…

Isaiah 17:13
The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.









(55) Because the Lord hath spoiled Babylon . . .--In Jeremiah 51:54 the prophet hears the cry of the captured city. The "great voice" which Jehovah "destroys" or "makes to cease" is the stir and tumult of life that surged, as it were, through the city (Isa. 18:12, 13). The "waves" are those of the "sea" of the legions of her conqueror (see Jeremiah 51:42), and they "roar" while the voices that were heard before are hushed in the silence of death.

Verse 55. - The great voice; rather, the loud sound; i.e. the tumult of the city. When her waves; rather, and her waves; i.e. the conquering hosts (comp. Jeremiah 46:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

will destroy
שֹׁדֵ֤ד (šō·ḏêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7703: To deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin

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

He will silence
וְאִבַּ֥ד (wə·’ib·baḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

her mighty
גָּד֑וֹל (gā·ḏō·wl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 1419: Great, older, insolent

voice.
ק֣וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

The waves
גַלֵּיהֶם֙ (ḡal·lê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1530: Something rolled, a heap of stone, dung, a spring of water

will roar
וְהָמ֤וּ (wə·hā·mū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1993: To make a, loud sound, commotion, tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor

like great
רַבִּ֔ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

waters;
כְּמַ֣יִם (kə·ma·yim)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

the tumult
שְׁא֖וֹן (šə·’ō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7588: A roar (of waters, etcetera), din, crash, uproar

of their voice
קוֹלָֽם׃ (qō·w·lām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

will resound.
נִתַּ֥ן (nit·tan)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set


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