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Isaiah 47:1

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Babylon Will Fall

47:1 “Fall down! Sit in the dirt,

O virgin 1  daughter Babylon!

Sit on the ground, not on a throne,

O daughter of the Babylonians!

Indeed, 2  you will no longer be called delicate and pampered.

Isaiah 47:5

Context

47:5 “Sit silently! Go to a hiding place, 3 

O daughter of the Babylonians!

Indeed, 4  you will no longer be called ‘Queen of kingdoms.’

1 tn בְּתוּלַה (bÿtulah) often refers to a virgin, but the phrase “virgin daughter” is apparently stylized (see also 23:12; 37:22). In the extended metaphor of this chapter, where Babylon is personified as a queen (vv. 5, 7), she is depicted as being both a wife and mother (vv. 8-9).

2 tn Or “For” (NASB, NRSV).

3 tn Heb “darkness,” which may indicate a place of hiding where a fugitive would seek shelter and protection.

4 tn Or “For” (NASB, NRSV).



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