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Jeremiah 51:13

13 You who live by many waters and are rich in treasures, your end has come, the time for you to be destroyed.

Jeremiah 51:13 in Other Translations

13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
13 O you who dwell by many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come; the thread of your life is cut.
13 You are a city by a great river, a great center of commerce, but your end has come. The thread of your life is cut.
13 You have more water than you need, you have more money than you need - But your life is over, your lifeline cut."
13 You who reside by many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come, your life thread is cut.

Jeremiah 51:13 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 51:13

O thou that dwellest upon many waters
Here Babylon is addressed, either by the Lord, or by the prophet, or the godly Jews; who is described by her, situation, which was by the great river Euphrates; which being branched out into several canals or rivers, both ran through it, and encompassed it; hence mention is made of the rivers of Babylon, ( Psalms 137:1 ) ; and a fit emblem this city was of mystical Babylon, which is also said to sit on many waters, interpreted of people and nations, ( Revelation 17:1 Revelation 17:15 ) ; and which Kimchi here interprets of an affluence of good things, though he admits of the literal sense of the words: abundant in treasures:
of corn, and of the fruits of the earth, and so in condition to hold out a siege, as well as strongly fortified by art and nature, before described; and of gold and silver, the sinews of war, which she had got together, partly by commerce, and partly by the spoil of other nations; and yet neither her situation nor her affluence could secure her from ruin: thine end is come, [and] the measure of thy covetousness;
this flourishing city was now near its end, and with it the whole Babylonish monarchy; the time fixed by the Lord, for the duration of one and the other, was now come; and whereas her covetousness was insatiable, and would have known no bounds, for the enlargement of her dominions, and for the accumulation of more wealth and riches; God set a limit to it, beyond which it should not go; which measure was now filled up, and the time for it expired. The Targum is,

``the day of thy destruction is come, and the time of the visitation of thy wickedness,''

Jeremiah 51:13 In-Context

11 “Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields! The LORD has stirred up the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance, vengeance for his temple.
12 Lift up a banner against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare an ambush! The LORD will carry out his purpose, his decree against the people of Babylon.
13 You who live by many waters and are rich in treasures, your end has come, the time for you to be destroyed.
14 The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself: I will surely fill you with troops, as with a swarm of locusts, and they will shout in triumph over you.
15 “He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Jeremiah 50:38; Revelation 17:1,15
  • 2. S Isaiah 45:3; Ezekiel 22:27; Habakkuk 2:9
  • 3. Jeremiah 50:3
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