50:3 For a nation from the north 1 will attack Babylon.
It will lay her land waste.
People and animals will flee out of it.
No one will inhabit it.’
50:9 For I will rouse into action and bring against Babylon
a host of mighty nations 2 from the land of the north.
They will set up their battle lines against her.
They will come from the north and capture her. 3
Their arrows will be like a skilled soldier 4
who does not return from the battle empty-handed. 5
1 sn A nation from the north refers to Medo-Persia which at the time of the conquest of Babylon in 539
2 sn Some of these are named in Jer 51:27-28.
3 tn Heb “She will be captured from there (i.e., from the north).”
4 tc Read Heb ַָמשְׂכִּיל (moskil) with a number of Hebrew
5 tn Or more freely, “Their arrows will be as successful at hitting their mark // as a skilled soldier always returns from battle with plunder.”
sn I.e., none of the arrows misses its mark.