For the palace will be forsaken, the busy city abandoned. The hill and the watchtower will become caves forever--the delight of wild donkeys and a pasture for flocks--
Cross ReferencesPsalm 104:11
They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Then I asked, "How long, O Lord?" And He replied, "Until cities lie in ruins without an inhabitant, until the houses are left unoccupied, and the land is desolate and ravaged,
And on that day, in every place where there used to be a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels of silver, there will be only thorns and briers.
But desert creatures will lie down there, and howling creatures will fill her houses. The owls will dwell there, and wild goats will leap about.
Hyenas will howl in her fortresses and jackals in her luxurious palaces. Babylon's time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
O city of commotion, O town of revelry? Your slain did not die by the sword, nor were they killed in battle.
The city of chaos is shattered; every house is closed to entry.
The city is left in ruins; its gate is reduced to rubble.
Indeed, You have turned the city into a heap of rubble, a fortified town into ruins; the fortress of strangers is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
For the fortified city will be deserted, a homestead abandoned and forsaken like a wilderness. There the calves will graze, and there they will lie down and strip its branches bare.
Her towers will be overgrown with thorns, her fortresses with thistles and briers. She will become a haunt for jackals, an abode for ostriches.
Rise up, let us attack by night and destroy her fortresses!"
Wild donkeys stand on barren heights; they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of pasture."
For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses of this city and the palaces of the kings of Judah that have been torn down for defense against the siege ramps and the sword:
There at Riblah in the land of Hamath, The king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death. So Judah was taken into exile, away from her land.
Otherwise, I will strip her naked and expose her like the day of her birth. I will make her like a desert and turn her into a parched land, and I will let her die of thirst.
The coast will belong to the remnant of the house of Judah; there they will find pasture. They will lie down in the evening among the houses of Ashkelon, for the LORD their God will attend to them and restore their captives.
This carefree city that dwells securely, that thinks to herself: 'I am it, and there is none besides me,' what a ruin she has become, a resting place for beasts. Everyone who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist.
Chapter Outline1. The blessings of Christ's kingdom
9. Desolation is foreshown
14. Restoration is promised to succeed
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Isaiah 24:1-3, 10, 12
2 Kings 25:9
Luke 21:20, 24
forts and towers.
Revelation 18:2, 3
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