Jeremiah 51:8
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English Standard Version
Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.

King James Bible
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

American Standard Version
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: wail for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Babylon is suddenly fallen, and destroyed: howl for her, take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.

English Revised Version
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, it may be she may be healed.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Jeremiah 51:1-4, the terrible character of the hostile nation is further described. Against Babylon and the inhabitants of Chaldea, God stirs up the "spirit of a destroyer," viz., a savage nation that will massacre the Chaldeans without pity. לב , lit., "the heart of mine adversaries," is the word כּשׂדּים, changed, according to the canon Atbash (see on Jeremiah 25:26), for the purpose of obtaining the important meaning that Chaldea is the centre of God's enemies. This explanation of the name involves the thought that all enmity against God the Lord culminates in Babylon; on the basis of this representation Babylon is called, Revelation 17:5, "the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth." רוּח משׁחית does not mean καύσωνα διαφθείροντα (lxx), ventum pestilentem (Vulgate), "a sharp wind" (Luther), nor, as it is usually translated, "a destroying wind;" for העיר רוּח is nowhere used of the rousing of a wind, but everywhere means "to rouse the spirit of any one," to stir him up to an undertaking; cf. Haggai 1:14; 1 Chronicles 5:26; 2 Chronicles 21:16, and 2 Chronicles 36:22. Jeremiah also employs it thus in Jeremiah 51:11, and this meaning is quite suitable here also. משׁחית is a substantive, as in Jeremiah 4:7 : "the spirit of a destroyer." The figure of winnowing, which follows in Jeremiah 51:2, does not by any means necessarily require the meaning "wind," because the figure contained in the word זרוּה was first called forth by the employment of זרים, "strangers" equals barbarians. The sending of the זרים to Babylon has no connection with the figure of the wind, and it even remains a question whether זרוּה really means here to winnow, because the word is often used of the scattering of a nation, without any reference to the figure of winnowing; cf. Leviticus 26:33; Ezekiel 5:10; Ezekiel 12:15, etc., also Jeremiah 49:32, Jeremiah 49:36. However, this thought is suggested by what follows, "they empty her hand," although the clause which assigns the reason, "because they are against her round about" (cf. Jeremiah 4:17), does not correspond with this figure, but merely declares that the enemies which attack Babylon on every side disperse its inhabitants and empty the land.

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suddenly

Jeremiah 51:41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

Jeremiah 50:2 Declare you among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken...

Isaiah 21:9 And, behold, here comes a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen...

Isaiah 47:9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood...

Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city...

Revelation 18:2,8 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils...

howl

Jeremiah 48:20,31 Moab is confounded; for it is broken down: howl and cry; tell you it in Arnon, that Moab is spoiled...

Isaiah 13:6,7 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty...

Ezekiel 27:30-32 And shall cause their voice to be heard against you, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust on their heads...

Ezekiel 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Howl you, Woe worth the day!

Daniel 5:24,31 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written...

Revelation 18:9-11 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall mourn her, and lament for her...

Revelation 18:17-19 For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors...

take balm

Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Jeremiah 30:12-15 For thus said the LORD, Your bruise is incurable, and your wound is grievous...

Jeremiah 46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shall you use many medicines; for you shall not be cured.

Nahum 3:19 There is no healing of your bruise; your wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of you shall clap the hands over you...

Cross References
Revelation 14:8
Another angel, a second, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality."

Revelation 18:2
And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.

Revelation 18:9
And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning.

Isaiah 13:6
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come!

Isaiah 21:9
And behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!" And he answered, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the carved images of her gods he has shattered to the ground."

Isaiah 47:11
But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.

Jeremiah 46:11
Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt! In vain you have used many medicines; there is no healing for you.

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