Jeremiah 50:39

39 Therefore wild animals shall live with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall inhabit her; she shall never again be peopled, or inhabited for all generations.

Jeremiah 50:39 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Jeremiah 50:39 In-Context

37 A sword against her horses and against her chariots, and against all the foreign troops in her midst, so that they may become women! A sword against all her treasures, that they may be plundered!
38 A drought against her waters, that they may be dried up! For it is a land of images, and they go mad over idols.
39 Therefore wild animals shall live with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall inhabit her; she shall never again be peopled, or inhabited for all generations.
40 As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbors, says the Lord, so no one shall live there, nor shall anyone settle in her.
41 Look, a people is coming from the north; a mighty nation and many kings are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth.

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