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Jeremiah 50:39

39 “So desert creatures and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation.

Read Jeremiah 50:39 Using Other Translations

Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
"Therefore wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall dwell in her. She shall never again have people, nor be inhabited for all generations.
“Soon Babylon will be inhabited by desert animals and hyenas. It will be a home for owls. Never again will people live there; it will lie desolate forever.

What does Jeremiah 50:39 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 50:39

Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts
of the islands shall dwell [there]
Of these creatures (See Gill on Isaiah 13:21); and (See Gill on Isaiah 13:22); and the owls shall dwell therein;
so mystical Babylon when fallen shall become the habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird, ( Revelation 18:2 ) ; and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt
in from generation to generation;
interpreters observe that this was gradually accomplished: it was taken by Cyrus, and made tributary to the Persians; the seat of the empire was removed from it; its walls were demolished by Darius; it was drained both of its inhabitants and its riches through Seleucus Nicator building the city Seleucia F18 near it. In Adrian's time there was nothing but an old wall left; and in Jerom's time it was a park for the king of Persia to hunt in; (See Gill on Jeremiah 50:13); and (See Gill on Isaiah 13:20);


FOOTNOTES:

F18 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 6. c. 26.
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