And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: so that you did not lay these things to your heart…
The utterance of proud Babylon is identical with that of the vain and self-confident in all ages. The delusion prosperity produces in such men or nations is always of this sort. This expression suggests that lengthened prosperity in the case of the ungodly leads to —
1. False security.
2. Presumption. "A lady for ever," i.e. in my own right; "no contingency can arise to deprive me of any title and wealth."
3. Boasting. The vernacular of pride — "a lady," superior to others.
4. Self-satisfaction. "A lady." "I am that now. None will dispute it" (Revelation 3:17).
5. Abandonment to luxury. "A lady for ever." I mean to be at ease, to enjoy life.
6. Spiritual blindness. Prosperity dazzles the eye; the future is willfully disregarded. Conclusion — Remember the desolation of self-confident Babylon-widowhood, childlessness, poverty, famine, shame, disease, insanity, exile, death.
(R. A. Griffin.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.