Jeremiah 51:42

42 The sea will rise over Babylon; its roaring waves will cover her.

Read Jeremiah 51:42 Using Other Translations

The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
The sea has come up on Babylon; she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
The sea has risen over Babylon; she is covered by its crashing waves.

What does Jeremiah 51:42 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 51:42

The sea is come up upon Babylon
A vast army, comparable to the great sea for the multitude thereof, even the army of the Medes and Persians under Cyrus; so the Targum,

``a king with his armies, which are numerous like the waters of the sea, is come up against Babylon:''
she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof;
being surrounded, besieged, surprised, and seized upon by the multitude of soldiers in that army, which poured in upon it unawares. Some think here is a beautiful antithesis, between the inundation of Cyrus's army and the draining of the river Euphrates, by which means he poured in his forces into Babylon.
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