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Jeremiah 51:49

Context

51:49 “Babylon must fall 1 

because of the Israelites she has killed, 2 

just as the earth’s mortally wounded fell

because of Babylon. 3 

1 tn The infinitive construct is used here to indicate what is about to take place. See IBHS 610 §36.2.3g.

2 tn Heb “the slain of Israel.” The words “because of” are supplied in the translation for clarification. The preceding context makes it clear that Babylon would be judged for its atrocities against Israel (see especially 50:33-34; 51:10, 24, 35).

3 tn The juxtaposition of גַםגַם (gam...gam), often “both…and,” here indicates correspondence. See BDB 169 s.v. גַּם 4. Appropriately Babylon will fall slain just as her victims, including God’s covenant people, did.



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