Jeremiah 51:41
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New International Version
"How Sheshak will be captured, the boast of the whole earth seized! How desolate Babylon will be among the nations!

King James Bible
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

Darby Bible Translation
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth seized! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

World English Bible
How is Sheshach taken! and the praise of the whole earth seized! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Young's Literal Translation
How hath Sheshach been captured, Yea, caught is the praise of the whole earth, How hath Babylon been for an astonishment among nations.

Jeremiah 51:41 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

How is Sheshach taken! - Perhaps the city is here called by the name of its idol.

The praise of the whole earth - One of the seven wonders of the world; superexcellent for the height, breadth, and compass of its walls, its hanging gardens, the temple of Belus, etc., etc.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Sheshach Sheshach was probably an idol worshipped at babylon, from which the city derived this name; and the festival which was held when the city was taken, when they were heated with wine, was perhaps observed in honour of it.

Jeremiah 25:26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are on the face of the earth...

Daniel 5:1-3 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand...

the praise

Jeremiah 49:25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

Jeremiah 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

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

Isaiah 14:4 That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

Daniel 2:38 And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has he given into your hand...

Daniel 4:22,30 It is you, O king, that are grown and become strong: for your greatness is grown, and reaches to heaven...

Daniel 5:4,5 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone...

Revelation 18:10-19 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon...

an astonishment

Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.

Deuteronomy 28:37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations where the LORD shall lead you.

2 Chronicles 7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passes by it; so that he shall say...

Ezekiel 27:35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at you, and their kings shall be sore afraid...

Library
The Power of Assyria at Its Zenith; Esarhaddon and Assur-Bani-Pal
The Medes and Cimmerians: Lydia--The conquest of Egypt, of Arabia, and of Elam. As we have already seen, Sennacherib reigned for eight years after his triumph; eight years of tranquillity at home, and of peace with all his neighbours abroad. If we examine the contemporary monuments or the documents of a later period, and attempt to glean from them some details concerning the close of his career, we find that there is a complete absence of any record of national movement on the part of either Elam,
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 8

The Last King of Judah
Zedekiah at the beginning of his reign was trusted fully by the king of Babylon and had as a tried counselor the prophet Jeremiah. By pursuing an honorable course toward the Babylonians and by paying heed to the messages from the Lord through Jeremiah, he could have kept the respect of many in high authority and have had opportunity to communicate to them a knowledge of the true God. Thus the captive exiles already in Babylon would have been placed on vantage ground and granted many liberties; the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Jeremiah 25:26
and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other--all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshak will drink it too.

Jeremiah 49:25
Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight?

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