Jeremiah 51:1-5

1 This is what the LORD says: “See, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai.[a]
2 I will send foreigners to Babylon to winnow her and to devastate her land; they will oppose her on every side in the day of her disaster.
3 Let not the archer string his bow, nor let him put on his armor. Do not spare her young men; completely destroy[b] her army.
4 They will fall down slain in Babylon,[c]fatally wounded in her streets.
5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the LORD Almighty, though their land[d] is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 51:1-5 Meaning and Commentary


The former part of this chapter is a continuation of the prophecy of the preceding chapter, concerning the destruction of Babylon, Jer 51:1-58; the latter part of it contains a prophecy of Jeremiah sent to the captives in Babylon by the hand of Seraiah, with the copy of the above prophecy against Babylon, and an order to fasten a stone to it, and cast it into the river Euphrates, as a sign, confirming the utter and irreparable ruin of Babylon, Jer 51:59-64.

Cross References 11

  • 1. S Isaiah 13:17
  • 2. Jeremiah 25:12
  • 3. Isaiah 13:5
  • 4. S Isaiah 41:16; Jeremiah 15:7; Matthew 3:12
  • 5. S Isaiah 13:9
  • 6. S Jeremiah 50:29
  • 7. Jeremiah 46:4
  • 8. Isaiah 13:15
  • 9. S Isaiah 13:18; Jeremiah 49:26; Jeremiah 50:30
  • 10. S Leviticus 26:44; Isaiah 54:6-8
  • 11. Hosea 4:1

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. "Leb Kamai" is a cryptogram for Chaldea, that is, Babylonia.
  • [b]. The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
  • [c]. Or "Chaldea"
  • [d]. Or "Almighty," / "and the land of the Babylonians"
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