Jeremiah 51:30
New International Version
Babylon's warriors have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become weaklings. Her dwellings are set on fire; the bars of her gates are broken.

New Living Translation
Her mightiest warriors no longer fight. They stay in their barracks, their courage gone. They have become like women. The invaders have burned the houses and broken down the city gates.

English Standard Version
The warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting; they remain in their strongholds; their strength has failed; they have become women; her dwellings are on fire; her bars are broken.

Berean Study Bible
The warriors of Babylon have stopped fighting; they sit in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women. Babylon’s homes have been set ablaze, the bars of her gates are broken.

King James Bible
The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.

New King James Version
The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, They have remained in their strongholds; Their might has failed, They became like women; They have burned her dwelling places, The bars of her gate are broken.

New American Standard Bible
The warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting, They stay in the strongholds; Their strength is exhausted, They are becoming like women; Their homes are set on fire, The bars of her gates are broken.

NASB 1995
The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, They stay in the strongholds; Their strength is exhausted, They are becoming like women; Their dwelling places are set on fire, The bars of her gates are broken.

NASB 1977
The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, They stay in the strongholds; Their strength is exhausted, They are becoming like women; Their dwelling places are set on fire, The bars of her gates are broken.

Amplified Bible
The mighty warriors of Babylon have ceased to fight; They remain in their strongholds. Their strength and power have failed; They are becoming [weak and helpless] like women. Their dwelling places are set on fire; The bars on her gates are broken.

Christian Standard Bible
Babylon’s warriors have stopped fighting; they sit in their strongholds. Their might is exhausted; they have become like women. Babylon’s homes have been set ablaze, her gate bars are shattered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Babylon's warriors have stopped fighting; they sit in their strongholds. Their might is exhausted; they have become like women. Babylon's homes have been set ablaze, her gate bars are shattered.

American Standard Version
The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they remain in their strongholds; their might hath failed; they are become as women: her dwelling-places are set on fire; her bars are broken.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The men of Babel have ceased to fight with the dwellers of Metsruth. Their might was broken and they were like women. They pulled down her tents. They broke down her gates

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The warrior of Babylon has failed to fight; they shall sit there in the siege; their power is broken; they are become like women; her tabernacles have been set on fire; her bars are broken.

Contemporary English Version
The Babylonian soldiers have lost their strength and courage. They stay in their fortresses, unable to fight, while the enemy breaks through the city gates, then sets their homes on fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The valiant men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they have dwelt in holds: their strength hath failed, and they are become as women: her dwelling places are burnt, her bars are broken.

English Revised Version
The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they remain in their strong holds; their might hath failed; they are become as women: her dwelling places are set on fire; her bars are broken.

Good News Translation
The Babylonian soldiers have stopped fighting and remain in their forts. They have lost their courage and have become helpless. The city gates are broken down, and the houses are on fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The warriors of Babylon have stopped fighting. They stay in their fortified cities. Their strength has failed. They have become women. Their buildings are set on fire. The bars across their gates are broken.

International Standard Version
The warriors of Babylon have stopped fighting. They stay in their strongholds; their strength is dried up; they have become like women. Her buildings are set on fire; the bars of her gates are broken.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, They remain in their strongholds; Their might hath failed, they are become as women; Her dwelling-places are set on fire; Her bars are broken.

Literal Standard Version
The mighty of Babylon have ceased to fight, "" They have remained in strongholds, "" Their might has failed, they have become [as] women, "" They have burned her dwelling places, "" Her bars have been broken.

NET Bible
The soldiers of Babylonia will stop fighting. They will remain in their fortified cities. They will lose their strength to do battle. They will be as frightened as women. The houses in her cities will be set on fire. The gates of her cities will be broken down.

New Heart English Bible
The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they remain in their strongholds; their might has failed; they are become as women: her dwelling places are set on fire; her bars are broken.

World English Bible
The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they remain in their strongholds; their might has failed; they are become as women: her dwelling places are set on fire; her bars are broken.

Young's Literal Translation
Ceased have the mighty of Babylon to fight, They have remained in strongholds, Failed hath their might, they have become woman, They have burnt her tabernacles, Broken have been her bars.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Babylon's Punishment
29The earth quakes and writhes because the LORD’s intentions against Babylon stand: to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant. 30The warriors of Babylon have stopped fighting; they sit in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women. Babylon’s homes have been set ablaze, the bars of her gates are broken. 31One courier races to meet another, and messenger follows messenger, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.…

Cross References
Psalm 76:5
The valiant lie plundered; they sleep their last sleep. No men of might could lift a hand.

Isaiah 13:7
Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every man's heart will melt.

Isaiah 13:8
Terror, pain, and anguish will seize them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look at one another, their faces flushed with fear.

Isaiah 45:1
This is what the LORD says to Cyrus His anointed, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him, to disarm kings, to open the doors before him, so that the gates will not be shut:

Isaiah 45:2
"I will go before you and level the mountains; I will break down the gates of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.

Isaiah 47:14
Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. There will be no coals to warm them or fire to sit beside.

Jeremiah 50:15
Raise a war cry against her on every side! She has thrown up her hands in surrender; her towers have fallen; her walls are torn down. Since this is the vengeance of the LORD, take out your vengeance upon her; as she has done, do the same to her.

Jeremiah 50:36
A sword is against her false prophets, and they will become fools. A sword is against her warriors, and they will be filled with terror.

Jeremiah 50:37
A sword is against her horses and chariots and against all the foreigners in her midst, and they will become like women. A sword is against her treasuries, and they will be plundered.

Lamentations 2:9
Her gates have sunk into the ground; He has destroyed and shattered their bars. Her king and her princes are exiled among the nations, the law is no more, and even her prophets find no vision from the LORD.

Amos 1:5
I will break down the gates of Damascus; I will cut off the ruler of the Valley of Aven and the one who wields the scepter in Beth-eden. The people of Aram will be exiled to Kir," says the LORD.

Nahum 3:13
Look at your troops--they are like your women! The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies; fire consumes their bars.


Treasury of Scripture

The mighty men of Babylon have declined to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might has failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken.

Jeremiah 51:32,57
And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted…

Jeremiah 48:41
Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised, and the mighty men's hearts in Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

Jeremiah 50:36,37
A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed…

her bars

Jeremiah 50:36
A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.

Psalm 107:16
For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

Psalm 147:13
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.









(30) The mighty men of Babylon have for born to fight.--The verses that follow paint the capture of the city by the stratagem related in the Note on Jeremiah 50:24. Those who "have burned" are, of course, the invaders. They here begin by setting the houses of the city on fire and breaking open the gates that led from the river into the streets of the city, while the panic-stricken people fled to their citadel in despair.

Verse 30. - Despair of the Babylonian warriors. Have forborne to fight should rather be have ceased to fight. In their holds. The word is used of hill or mountain fastnesses (comp. 1 Samuel 23:14, 19; Judges 6:2; 1 Chronicles 11:7), and such presumably are referred to here. Their might; rather, their courage. They have burned, etc. The subject is "the enemies." Her bars; viz. those with which the city gates were secured (comp. Isaiah 45:2; Amos 1:5).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The warriors
גִבּוֹרֵ֨י (ḡib·bō·w·rê)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

of Babylon
בָבֶ֜ל (ḇā·ḇel)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 894: Babylon -- an eastern Mediterranean empire and its capital city

have stopped
חָדְלוּ֩ (ḥā·ḏə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle

fighting;
לְהִלָּחֵ֗ם (lə·hil·lā·ḥêm)
Preposition-l | Verb - Nifal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3898: To feed on, to consume, to battle

they sit
יָֽשְׁבוּ֙ (yā·šə·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in their strongholds.
בַּמְּצָד֔וֹת (bam·mə·ṣā·ḏō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4679: Fastness, a stronghold

Their strength
גְבוּרָתָ֖ם (ḡə·ḇū·rā·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1369: Force, valor, victory

is exhausted;
נָשְׁתָ֥ה (nā·šə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5405: To eliminate, to dry up

they have become
הָי֣וּ (hā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like women.
לְנָשִׁ֑ים (lə·nā·šîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

Babylon’s homes
מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶ֖יהָ (miš·kə·nō·ṯe·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4908: A residence, the Tabernacle

have been set ablaze,
הִצִּ֥יתוּ (hiṣ·ṣî·ṯū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3341: To burn, set on fire, to desolate

the bars of her gates
בְרִיחֶֽיהָ׃ (ḇə·rî·ḥe·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1280: A bolt

are broken.
נִשְׁבְּר֥וּ (niš·bə·rū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7665: To break, break in pieces


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