Jeremiah 51:30
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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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
The mighty men of Babylon have ceased to fight, they are sitting in the fortresses; their might hath failed, they are become as women: they have set her dwelling places 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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The mighty men - have forborne to fight - They were panic-struck when they found the Medes and Persians within their walls, and at once saw that resistance was useless.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The mighty Accordingly, the Babylonians, after the loss of a battle or two, never recovered their courage to the face the enemy in the field, they retired within their walls; and the first time Cyrus came with his army before the place he could not provoke them to venture forth, though he challenged the king to fight a duel with him; and the last time he came he consulted with his officers respecting the best mode of carrying on the siege `since,' said he, `they do not come out to fight.'

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...

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

Psalm 76:5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.

Isaiah 13:7,8 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt...

Isaiah 19:16 In that day shall Egypt be like to women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts...

Nahum 3:13 Behold, your people in the middle of you are women: the gates of your land shall be set wide open to your enemies...

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

her bars

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

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

Psalm 147:13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

Isaiah 45:1,2 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him...

Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles...

Amos 1:5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven...

Nahum 3:13 Behold, your people in the middle of you are women: the gates of your land shall be set wide open to your enemies...

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
Psalm 76:5
The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands.

Isaiah 13:7
Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear.

Isaiah 13:8
Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.

Isaiah 45:1
"This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:

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

Isaiah 47:14
Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.

Jeremiah 50:15
Shout against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls are torn down. Since this is the vengeance of the LORD, take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done to others.

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