New American Standard Bible
"Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed And founds a town with violence!
King James Bible
Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
Darby Bible Translation
Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by unrighteousness!
World English Bible
Woe to him who builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity!
Young's Literal Translation
Woe to him who is building a city by blood, And establishing a city by iniquity.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! - Nebuchadnezzar "encircled the inner city with three walls and the outer city also with three, all of burnt brick. And having fortified the city with wondrous works, and adorned the gates like temples, he built another palace near the palace of his fathers, surpassing it in height and its great magnificence." He seemed to strengthen the city, and to establish it by outward defenses. But it was built through cruelty to conquered nations, and especially God's people, and by oppression, against His holy Will. So there was an inward rottenness and decay in what seemed strong and majestic, and which imposed on the outward eye; it would not stand, but fell. Babylon, which had stood since the flood, being enlarged contrary to the eternal laws of God, fell in the reign of his son. Such is all empire and greatness, raised on the neglect of God's laws, by unlawful conquests, and by the toil and sweat and hard service of the poor. Its aggrandizement and seeming strength is its fall. Daniel's exhortation to Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 4:27, "Redeem thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy on the poor," implies that oppressiveness had been one of his chief sins.
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'Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great.
Who build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; Her prey never departs.
"Will not all of these take up a taunt-song against him, Even mockery and insinuations against him And say, 'Woe to him who increases what is not his-- For how long-- And makes himself rich with loans?'
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